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AirCavarly
01-03-2006, 12:45 AM
This game has been around already for some time now.

I have been wondering, why is the online and ingame chat still working like in the early days?

What I mean is, message texts overlap, they disappear immediately if someone else is sending a message, and if nobody sends new message, then the last keeps on shining forever.

Also, messages like "...brought down by naval AAA" if I crash my plane while taking of a carrier...

Come on, there has been a fair amount of time to fix things like this. Is it so, that i.e. ingame chat is so difficult to do properly that we must still enjoy the "feature" year after year?

Looking at about any other modern mp-supporting game, does the chat look that ancient? Well I appreciate if someone shows me any other simulator or wargame with this kind of oneliner commodore 64 graphics look-like printout chat.

I mean does it have to simulate Turbo Pacal no-I -initialize-graphic-mode-3-and-print-a-line-of text-at-position-1,1 -type of method?

I bet you guys can read between the lines, so hopefully there are not too many who like to comment on some pinpoint items in my message.

I just hope to see a proper and better thought chat implementation in future releases. It's always good to live in hope.

Regards,
AC

x6BL_Brando
01-03-2006, 02:45 AM
This game has been around already for some time now.

Maybe the chat system is showing its age - but, so what? Sure it's clunky - but there are ways of altering & removing some of the features you are complaining about. For starters it's possible to remove the In-game chat altogether by a simple alteration in the games conf.ini file. Second, the online chat bar can be resized to show as few (like none) or as many lines of text as you wish - using the mouse.

The speedbar can be removed too, and it's also possible to turn off the plane icons and get the true picture - plexiglass round the top half and a well-detailed cockpit round the bottom. Oh, and a sky full of nasty people trying to shoot you down - a bit like this forum! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

AirCavarly
01-03-2006, 05:43 AM
Hi Brando,

Thanks for your comments.

May I comment some of your comments too:

1. For starters it's possible to remove the In-game chat altogether by a simple alteration in the games conf.ini file.

== Nice to hear that. It's only that I am myself
used to chat comments spicing up the game. So I will definetly not turn it off. This might turn off any useful comments also.

2. Second, the online chat bar can be resized to show as few (like none) or as many lines of text as you wish - using the mouse.

== Well this is sounding much more like it. Does it mean that I can choose between i.e. 3-5 lines scrolling at a time? I must try this today. Also possible to resize fonts?

3. The speedbar can be removed too, and it's also possible to turn off the plane icons and get the true picture - plexiglass round the top half and a well-detailed cockpit round the bottom.

== Good to know this, but has nothing to do with my initial message though.

4. Oh, and a sky full of nasty people trying to shoot you down - a bit like this forum! Wink

== http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Tully__
01-03-2006, 06:01 AM
2. Second, the online chat bar can be resized to show as few (like none) or as many lines of text as you wish - using the mouse.

== Well this is sounding much more like it. Does it mean that I can choose between i.e. 3-5 lines scrolling at a time? I must try this today. Also possible to resize fonts?

Open chat, click and drag the bottom edge. If you lose it, in your game folder find conf.ini and open it in notepad. Look for a line with a parameter something like "chatregion". Set x and y to zero, set the dx to 0.8 and dy to 0.2 and you'll have the chat box back (hope those parameters are correct, I'm at work and can't check).

Fonts are linked to screen resolution. If you increase screen resolution, the text will be smaller as it's a fixed number of pixels in height.

Chef-Scott
01-03-2006, 10:08 AM
You mean that old passe method of typing text into a console and hitting the enter key? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif
One could always step into the current day and use a voice comms program. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif
Typing... ugh, how C-64ish! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Tully__
01-03-2006, 11:09 AM
Originally posted by Chef-Scott:
You mean that old passe method of typing text into a console and hitting the enter key? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif
One could always step into the current day and use a voice comms program. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif
Typing... ugh, how C-64ish! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif
There are times when voice comm is not practical (like when you're flying in your cubicle at work and you don't want the boss hearing you tell your wingman to cover your butt http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif).

Nevertheless, voice comm is a good thing when it's available.

Aviar
01-03-2006, 11:46 AM
Not only can you click and drag the BOTTOM of the chat bar to display more\less message lines, you can also drag the SIDE to adjust the width.

I think the chat system in IL-2 is actually pretty good. For instance, have you tried the chat in LOMAC? It's horrible....and that's putting it mildly.

Edit: I don't mean to offend you, but if you were trying to spell 'Cavalry' in your user name (AirCavarly), you may want to correct it.

Aviar