[SUGGESTION] Unmanned Mercury/manned Mercury animation

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[SUGGESTION] Unmanned Mercury/manned Mercury animation

Post by krgu48 » Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:40 pm

Animations of these missions are the same. Would have been nice if in manned Mercury at the end of the animation appeared astronaut (or a clearance of cockpit showing an astronaut in module on orbit) :)

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Re: [SUGGESTION] Unmanned Mercury/manned Mercury animation

Post by N_Molson » Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:25 pm

I agree and what above all should differ is the soundtrack. In the unmanned missions we can hear the astronaut saying "OK I'm going for at least 7 orbits", which is a bit weird. Some ground control chatter or go/no go checklist would sound better IMHO. :wink:
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Re: [SUGGESTION] Unmanned Mercury/manned Mercury animation

Post by NASAIsAwesome » Sun Nov 10, 2013 12:12 am

Would be nice if the animations where ended a scene of the astronaut opening the hatch and waving to a helicopter above him/her.
Also, as for the soundtrack, it's just...weird.

Either we have stowaways, or either the Mercury capsule has become consious and is rebelling against it's human overlords in the space agency.

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Re: [SUGGESTION] Unmanned Mercury/manned Mercury animation

Post by krgu48 » Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:24 pm

Animations of these missions are the same in unmanned/manned Gemini misions also. It would be nice if after all be different. (I would like to see more astronauts, than just only in EVA :P)

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Re: [SUGGESTION] Unmanned Mercury/manned Mercury animation

Post by N_Molson » Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:23 pm

I agree. There is definitively a lack of "human factor" in the game as it is now, and the consequence is a "cold" gameplay. In v0.7.7 it's like "oh, I lost another astronaut, I have to think to recruit another one", and period.

In BARIS you had footages of crews in flight (or in simulators :wink: ), a full funeral ceremony sequence with low drums, black cars, the Red Square and everything, and the Arlington Cemtery / the Kremlin Wall were always in the background to remember you the dangers of spaceflight or to make you feel bad about your carelessness. So yeah, definitively an area of the game to improve. Of course, the same "black head picture" shared by all the personnel (except the PR officer :) ) and the fantasy names don't help to get attached to the astronauts.

Inside views of the spacecrafts would sure be nice, even if you have to simplify a bit the control panels and that kind of details. "Looking through the hatch" views, contemplating the curvature of the Earth horizon in Mercury missions. Pilot view with the Agena docking target aligned (or not !) in Gemini, views of control panels blinking with red flashes when things go wrong, that kind of things.

Of course there are limitations, and those can be IMHO be accepted in two different ways :

- Make several 3D models for astronauts pictures in management screens. Use those models in renders, and make enough renders to match all the possibilities of crew assignement (which would probably be a lot of work and would mean huge files).
- Use photographs in management screens and generic head renders for mission animations. Still, all the cases of male/female crew combinations should be rendered.
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