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Message started by aquaMat on 07.08.2008 at 20:58:38

Title: New mansions soon:  JUMP!
Post by aquaMat on 07.08.2008 at 20:58:38
Hello everybody,

I'm back from vacation....but even while I was on vacation Rose and I were working hard on the final version of JUMP!, my soon-to-be-released latest mansion.

Originally I had planned to have it released before my vacation, but there were some last-minute issues that - thankfully - Rose had discovered and which are currently being sorted out.

I know that I have announced - or at least - mentioned JUMP! already several times since the release of "Underground Fortress" (I started building JUMP! even before UF !!), but what you need to know is:

- JUMP! is a pretty huge mansion (more than 120 rooms, 7 saves)


- JUMP! is a very tough beast, probably my hardest mansion so far.

That's why the testing phase takes a bit longer than usual. (Suztours helped beta-testing it, too, BTW.)

But my greatest shock came when, while on holiday, I installed MM on my second Mac (to be able to continue working on it during vacation). As opposed to my home G5 PowerMac, which has a 19" classic "tube" monitor, this was the first time I played MM on a Mac with a new TFT-screen.
Suddenly ALL colors were much "lighter" in tone....even those very dark baclkground tiles, which I normally can't hardly see (and often take for black) were suddenly clearly visible asnd recognisable (as being not black at all).

So I made a couple of discoveries, especially in Layer-0 or Layer-6, where I often had used "almost-black" tiles to hide something etc. - and now I saw that probably all those of you playing with a TFT-screen will immediately spot the things I thought I had disguised so cleverly !!

But maybe that was just THIS special TFT screen ?

Any comments ?

As an example, please see PIC below - on my home "tube" monitor, I can't hardly see a difference between the background tiles of the upper and those of the middle floor / passage.....  they both look grey/black.  On my TFT screen, however, I can clearly see that the middle floor has a background "wallpaper" that is grey/green-ish.

What do you guys see ??

JUMP-example.jpg (168 KB | )

Title: Re: New mansions soon:  JUMP!
Post by Semi-Native on 07.08.2008 at 22:41:36
In the passageway, I see gray, with darker gray grooves. I don't see any greenish tint. I have an iMac G5 (PPC).

Title: Re: New mansions soon:  JUMP!
Post by rose on 07.08.2008 at 23:01:14
I see the grey/green parts and the others are grey/darkgrey!! I have 2 flat screens. When I play I always turn the screen light up to see details better. I never played MM on my old "tube" screen.

Title: Re: New mansions soon:  JUMP!
Post by Jackie on 08.08.2008 at 00:48:06
I have an Intel and see the green lines in the middle section.


Title: Re: New mansions soon:  JUMP!
Post by Semi-Native on 08.08.2008 at 01:32:34
Oops! Didn't notice the scroll bar at first. I see the green in the middle one now, too.
:-[ ;D

Title: Re: New mansions soon:  JUMP!
Post by aquaMat on 12.08.2008 at 21:03:04
Very interesting, thanks for the comments.
So now I'm sure that it was NOT onlyx that one flat screen, but apparently all of them are little lighter and brighter thanthe old tube screens.

In this case (this room) it's not bad of course, as I made the wallpaper in the middle passage different on purpose, but there are other rooms in my mansions, where there could be a lot of problems created thru the fact that I am not absolutely positive what the users with flat screens can see and what not.

Ohmygod....I don't even there to open ALL my old mansions (over ten after all)..... there are probably a lot of "issues" in them in regard to this screen-differences.  Of course none of those issues affect playablility....it's only design issues....or the way some secrets are disguised etc.

Title: Re: New mansions soon:  JUMP!
Post by aquaMat on 15.08.2008 at 02:02:24
The beta-testing is almost finished........

A lttle polishing and......off we go:


....is coming soon.
:)  8-)  :o  ;)  ::)  :-?  :D  [smiley=2vrolijk_08.gif]

Title: Re: New mansions soon:  JUMP!
Post by josephine on 15.08.2008 at 11:41:26
A new mansion!   [smiley=2vrolijk_08.gif]

FYI, on my CRT it's green but I have to turn the contrast/brightness up to be really notice it. It's green on my Cinema Display.

Title: Re: New mansions soon:  JUMP!
Post by aquaMat on 15.08.2008 at 20:33:22
@ Josephine:

Yes, that's exactly the difference in "perception" I was talking about. It seems all players with modern TFT displays have a definite advantage.  ;)

I always wondered, BTW, why Vern chose to make many of those background tiles so dark I could hardly see them. Well, this probably explains it:
Now I'm sure he used a TFT display when he designed the tiles and bricks.

Title: Re: New mansions soon:  JUMP!
Post by Catwoman on 17.08.2008 at 01:33:05
Aquamat, I have a CRT and see the green. I also use color calibration software for my monitor, so I that may be why I see it. The calibration software brightens up my display in the "after" as compared to the "before."

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