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Please Make Map Playable (Or Vetoable) For Color Blind People


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#1 morosis

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Posted 19 January 2021 - 08:20 PM

i am significantly red green color blind which means i see reds and greens more akin to what most people visually process as brown.

generally speaking, the game is already unfriendly to color blind people due to lack of customization of colors/hud/etc, but this map stands out as especially troublesome because it is not just an annoyance but an actual hindrance both in terms of gameplay and also the human experience.

- the entire map is a sea of brown and red with lots of different shades of brown and visual noise that is brown and red. this is basically the background you would design if you were trying to make everything you place in front of it invisible to a color blind person.

- mechs in any shade of red or green camo, and especially base olive drab, are essentially invisible to me on this map, especially from above or when up against a wall. since there is a brown haze on everything, it makes it even harder to make out edges on a brown background since everything looks fuzzy.

- the target box when i highlight an enemy mech is red. red on a noisy brown background may not be a problem for some but its a huge issue for me. the red is hard for me to visually distinguish from all the brown, because i see red as brown already. i have to look for the shape of the square, not the color of it.

- the alternate vision modes are not very useful on this map. heat vision would theoretically be helpful except that it makes the map blindingly bright because the map is so hot, which does not help at all with the visual strain of looking at this map. night vision doesnt work well unless you are in certain areas where it can render with some contrast. even then, this gives a green on green view which is also not that helpful for me. so there is no alternative for me really, other than to give myself a headache trying to tell apart minute shades of brown in normal vision for as long as the game lasts, which is kind of a chore.

i would appreciate it if we could please either fix the color of this map or allow me to veto it. it quite literally, hurts my head, and my eyes, and my gameplay. alternatively, can we introduce some color blind support (like being able to change reticle to not be a shade of green and change the target box to not be a shade of red, or make one of the alternate vision modes useful on this map?

thank you for reading.

Edited by morosis, 20 January 2021 - 10:40 PM.


#2 Aidan Crenshaw

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Posted 27 January 2021 - 02:22 AM

Changes to the map itself are highly unlikely. How about you try NVidia Filter instead? Might hold a solution for you.

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Posted 03 February 2021 - 05:02 PM

View PostAidan Crenshaw, on 27 January 2021 - 02:22 AM, said:

Changes to the map itself are highly unlikely. How about you try NVidia Filter instead? Might hold a solution for you.


Thanks Aiden - a couple of things:

1) i had been told in the past that Nvidia filters were against ToS. I assume that must not be the case anymore? I had specifically seen a screenshot of the default Nvidia color blind filter, that was labeled as "cheating" and "hacking"

2) if its legal to use the Nvidia filter for color blindness, its of very limited help anyway. The core issue is that that the filter changes the hud elements as well as the map elements. there is not a filter that allows hud elements to remain high contrast, while also applying enough of a correction to the coloration of the map elements. correcting the map colors ruins the hud colors in almost all cases.





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