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Unexplored lands shows as "clouds"

Discussion in 'Civ5 - General Discussions' started by -PET-, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. Drago Askani

    Drago Askani Warlord

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    Clouds mean beware the wrath of your mighty overlords...the Furbies!
     
  2. CivCube

    CivCube Resist.

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    You win. :p Or we could say it's the same temp everywhere because the world is inside your computer.
     
  3. r_rolo1

    r_rolo1 King of myself

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    If the temp was the same we should have similar terrain everywhere ...you can't have iced ground and jungle at the same temp ;)

    Seriously, they could had smoothed the edges a little more. They did it with the borders, so why not with the clouds ?
     
  4. Ihmemies

    Ihmemies Nikon F2

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    I'm glad the clouds are way down. It was so annoying in Civ4 to zoom out and have your view obscured by clouds, and hearing only the wind. It made zooming far away impractical in Civ4.

    At least in Civ5 you won't run into same annoyance...
     
  5. -PET-

    -PET- Chieftain

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    Exactly my point :)
     
  6. Thormodr

    Thormodr Servant of Civ Supporter

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    The designers purposely used clouds I think. It evokes thoughts of heaven and good feelings. Not threatening at all like dark areas.

    They also used art deco and explained it that they wanted you to feel like you were always progressing through the ages.

    No more bad things like random events, goodie huts with negative reults, unhealthiness, etc.

    I do like the look of the clouds though. Pretty well done.
     
  7. The Leviathan

    The Leviathan Warlord

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    racist


    but seriously clouds look amazing, infact during Greg's stream one of the things that made my jaw drop the fog of war and the light that shines down down on selected units from the clouds. It really looks amazing and gives the perspective that I am the god or atleast higher power that directs this civilization.
     
  8. bernlin2000

    bernlin2000 Prince

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    I disliked them in early screenshots, but it looks like they darkened them up later on. Early on they were really really bright, and I think I might have had to wear sunglasses to play the game. It should look nice now, although it'd be cool if there was an option to make them black again, without having to lower the settings.
     
  9. City Builder

    City Builder Complicated Complication

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    I really like the clouds much more than just black. It's a great option for when we are zoomed out looking down at the landscape, feels so much better than just blackness on my screen. What would be great is if there were some storm clouds thrown in every now and then to just change it up a bit, and see some small flash of lightening and hear some thunder every once in a while when zoomed out far enough to where it doesn't happen so frequently as to bother the player at normal playing zoom levels.

    The thing that I thought looked strange in 2kGregs play through on ustream was that it seems that just the edges of the clouds move around, so it appears very static over the majority of the cloud cover, and only around where we have sight into the landscape do the clouds swirl around a little. Still... Much better than them being completely static that's for sure. It's a nice effect over all.
     
  10. Drago Askani

    Drago Askani Warlord

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    Clouds
    Really
    Are
    Pretty.
     
  11. ehecatzin

    ehecatzin Emperor

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    I really like the clouds, they still cover the same function as blackness, to hide unexplored terrain. But by adding clouds they managed to make the fog of war a phisical part of the world, and not just...black.

    It even creates a nice effect if you have some spaces without exploring (wich often happens), "oh look those unexplored spaces on the sea looks like solitary clouds...instead of a black hole in the ocean.
     
  12. mqduck

    mqduck Chieftain

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    Oh yeah? Why's that?

    I'm sorry that you don't like your job, but there really is such a thing as style and it really does affect your interpretation of things. Pretty clouds evoke different thoughts than pitch blackness.

    You're not making sense. Clouds are off at the lowest graphics setting. Therefor, if some people can't run the game even at the lowest setting, it's not the fault of the clouds. Stop picking on them.

    Are you in a curmudgeonly mood today, haphazard1?

    Just wondering.
     
  13. happyturtle

    happyturtle Mrs GrumpyOldCivver

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    I liked in the playthrough how the revealed barbarian encampments shown through the clouds. And then when he ran into Krakatoa... that was really cool how it went above the clouds.

    I think it will probably also be less annoying to me when there's a few squares unrevealed in the middle of the ocean if they're clouds rather than black squares. I won't feel compelled to waste a caravel just to get the last bit of black off my map.
     
  14. haphazard1

    haphazard1 Dancing Bear

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    Does it need an explanation? It's a preference. Some people like oatmeal, some prefer bran flakes, others like bagels. I happen to like unexplored areas to be dark...mysterious...forbidding.

    I like my job quite well, thanks. Except for every third Monday which is crammed with meetings, anyway. :lol:

    Art styles do not represent the same things to all people, or fit all situations. The Art Deco and the clouds represent a sort of "relentless cheerfulness" that could become rather oppressive if overdone. Much like that institutional taupe. Who was it who said "If everyone is thinking the same thing, no one is really thinking" -- can't recall at the moment. But it seems appropriate.
     
  15. mqduck

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    Actually, I allowed you to answer my question right after I asked it, then responded to your answers. It was part of my conceit of formatting my post as a conversation.
     
  16. VikingMaekel

    VikingMaekel Chieftain

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    Clouds dumb down Civ V! ;)

    Seriously though, this is such a non-issue.
    Put your graphics on low and you'll see black hexes instead :)
     
  17. Maniacal

    Maniacal the green Napoleon

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    I wish the rest of the map was filled in with dragons, mermaids, ships and random assumptions by your cartographers. The clouds seem a bit odd to me too, but I am sure I will get used to them asap.
     
  18. wilson1225

    wilson1225 Chieftain

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    They're steam clouds!
     
  19. CoZe

    CoZe Warlord

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    how about pink clouds and double rainbows then ? some little ponies and unicorns would add some 'positive' feelings too ! :lol:
     
  20. HisDivineShadow

    HisDivineShadow Chieftain

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    It makes sense that the FOG of war would be white... Fog is white (when viewed from above).
     

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