awballan Posted March 21, 2010 Share Posted March 21, 2010 I currently run a small murmur server for an online gaming guild. It took some doing to get them to switch from other products to using mumble. One of the huge selling points for the guild was the behavior of user "textures". Members loved the idea of having a single image to represent their character in the overlay rather then a text representation. The user "texture" behavior pre 1.2.2 is loved to the point where 90% of the users have custom user "textures" and there are two guild members who actively make user "textures" for new members. As a side effect, none of the users are willing to switch to 1.2.2 because of the change from "textures" to "avatars" which forces text names and shrinks the size of the textures due to the dimension changes.I understand why the name was changed ("textures" does not tell users directly what the intended usage was). And yes, the new name is better and the new functionality matches the name "avatar" better the the old functionality. Being able to use video would be neat as well. However the dumbing down of the interface directly impacts the visual experience prior versions provided to the end users (and not in a wholly positive way).I do not believe the change from "texture" to "avatar" was a good change. The old behavior was better suited for gaming communities, especially ones containing artistic and technically savvy users. Even the non technical and artistic users on the murmur server I host (remember couple users are creating custom "textures" for users who want a tag) like the "texture" mode better then the new "avatar" mode. In fact, having a tag ("texture") has become a mark of pride among the users of the murmur server I host!I think at this critical juncture for the overlay, the intended use of mumble needs to be evaluated. Is mumble primarily for voice chat and the gaming community (where a tag representing a user is a nice feature)? Or is mumble going to go the way of skype and other voice chat applications and be geared more for Video Conference then gaming (where the video and avatar feature make more sense).What I propose:1) If avatars and video are a long term want/ need, implement them separate from the current functionality.2) Keep the images used by both features separate in the database.3) Call the old style "gamer tag" and the new style "avatar". This should clear up any confusion for users.4) Allow users to change the default overlay functionality. First option "Gamertag, Text, None" second option "Avatar, Video, None". http://agent.underhanded.org/stuff/blue_star_sig.gif Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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