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Postby Robin » Thu Apr 21, 2005 8:12 am

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Postby Susan » Sat Apr 23, 2005 2:39 pm

:wink: Yeah, I tend to have those good ideas now and again.

The action tree interface would certainly make the game easier than the text parser, because when you're talking to an NPC or click on an object you can see all game-relevant questions and actions. Some people might not think that would be as fun or challenging, but perhaps to get the most out of NPC's - and thusly get full game points - you'd be challenged to pick the correct questions and responses from your character (Some would be very similar, thusly only through trial and error would you be able to figure out exactly which is correct)) from a conversation tree.

Ah, but then if you keep the text parser, you can add easter eggs into the game, that if when certain phrases - some obvious, some not so obvious - are typed in, you get funny little responses or game animations. Heh. And perhaps the text parser could even be used to include game hints, spoilers, and cheats/solutions when certain extremely random phrases are typed in!

:lol: Now I want to write/make an adventure game, just so I can see if I can put these ideas into practice.
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Postby Chris123 » Sat Apr 30, 2005 10:01 am

In my opinion, the mouse interface enhanced the plot for Sierra games. The games became more story driven, and it emphasized character dialogue more.

The text parser just sort of got in the way......like making people wonder what should they type......rather than being fully focused on the game

To quote Roberta Williams about why she dumped the parser starting with KQ5: "We were spending most of our time writing error messages, so with the new interface, we got to focus more on game elements instead" (From the Anthology, paraphrased)

But true, the mouse interface did make Sierra games easier, though you have to admit, the text parser was sometimes WAY too hard. (e.g. KQ3 with the spells, PQ2 when disarming the bomb in the sky, etc)

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Postby Rakeesh » Sat Jul 28, 2007 12:49 pm

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