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[SOLVED] The switcheroo item should be considered removed

tl;dr: remove the switcheroo item ffs

 

The switheroo item which randomly switches peoples' worms are a disadvantage to people with color blindness.[1] Color blindness is a disability which makes it hard to differentiate some colors. I am colorblind and find it incredible difficult to find my own worm after a switheroo. 1 in 12 people have color deficiencies.[2] You could argue that this is genetic bad luck, in the same way some people are born with disabilities rendering them naturally unfit to participate in some sport. However, this is an electronic game where physical abilities and disadvantages should not play a role because technical skills are what should determine the winner. The switcheroo item should be considered removed to make the game more fair. If the item is too cool to be removed, I propose that when the switcheroo happens, your own snake should be clearly marked with a big white circle or something.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_blindness

[2]http://www.iamcal.com/toys/colors/stats.php

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Am I really the only one who feels this way about this matter?

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Hi Dagga,

Sorry for not replying any sooner. I know some friends with color blindness, including one with hetrochromia (although they are unlinked). I understand it is virtually impossible for you to identify where you are going after a switch, yet your rank is excellent.
Marking the snake you switched to is not a preferred solution. It is part of the expertise of the player to quickly make up which snake is yours. It is also 99% of the fun of the powerup itself. Heck, even for non-colorblind it is hard to make up which snake has your colour after a switch.

I cannot think of a solution right now. For the meanwhile I would just suggest you to play in gamerooms where the RARE powerups are not selected in gamesettings. This still causes all normal powerups to land, just not the switch, one that belongs to thr rare.

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Yes that is the solution I have done so far; I create a room myself and turn off the switeroo item by setting powerups to 'basic'. But when I join another room with them turned on, I cannot play. Thanks for answering :)

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Hey, I agree with the topic starter that we should consider a change to the switcheroo powerup. The switcheroo powerup is not only to confuse people, but also to escape from one place to another. I think the game shold be playable for colorblind people, as many people are colorblind.

I don't like to add ANOTHER option: the Color blindness option, that you can turn on for colorblind people. The game should be playable, as it is, for all people

 

 

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Why not mark the lines with patterns instead of colours in colourblind mode? May be a bit more memory relevant but could be a solution.

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Just make an option that you can choose which powerups you want to enable/disable in your room. It will be hard to make the game playable for every guy with a handicap and when you make a colorblind mode, then others (without being colorblind) can use this to get some profit. That's no option!

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But there are quite some people colorblind.... And that makes it important to get them into the game, and not reject them


 

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You never rejected them in the first place, there's just 1 powerup which is hard for them.

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I must say I agree with PwnYeAll.
But we can discuss this next meeting Geert!

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yes we will, and I already now the conclusio of the meeting: We must change it, but it doesn't have our highest priority :)


 

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This still has a pretty big impact on the game.

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This is still an issue for me an others.

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rob2207 wrote:

Why not mark the lines with patterns instead of colours in colourblind mode? May be a bit more memory relevant but could be a solution.

I think this can be good solution.

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In my opinion, the best solution would be possibly to mark ur dot like it does at the beginning of the game with the left and right icons.

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Thejez wrote:

In my opinion, the best solution would be possibly to mark ur dot like it does at the beginning of the game with the left and right icons.

This would change the Item radically but I really like that Idea and it would be much better than removing it completely.

You still change position as before and you still have to deal with your new sorrounding (wich is the core function of that item in my opinion), only the finding of the the dot would be no problem anymore.

It would be an advantage for people who play alone on one screen but i think thats acceptable. *good* ^^

Good Idea!

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Like idea of thejez too, consider it on our todo list. When we have free time, we will implement it.


 

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Another improvement would be to make the walls be able to go through for the same time as ur big hole-this would make it easier to find urself instead of you disappearing off the screen

 

In addition to the above, also for computers with more than 1 player, the item will still show your actual keys, eg. (left, right), (a, d), so this would be no extra advantage to computers with only 1 player.

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Thejez wrote:

Another improvement would be to make the walls be able to go through for the same time as ur big hole-this would make it easier to find urself instead of you disappearing off the screen

Nice idea, random insta-kills aren't that much fun.

Your solutions are awesome and simple :)

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For me this issue is now resolved because the direction arrows shows up right after the switcherro. Thanks from me and other players with color blindness .

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Yeah, the arrows are a bit distracting and I need to get used to it, but it's a good solution. I am glad it helped for you and everyone else :)

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They are just awesome :D

also had to get used to them but its ok now.

Im happy! *DRINK*

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This is really good. I bought more or less premium at a start to allways choose the blue colour because when it switched, i couldnt see where I was, and then I was dead. But this is really good, now I can play all colours :) you fixed the problem for colourblind in team and also in FFA. This is going better and better!

 

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It's great to see all those positive reactions!!

I hope we solved all problems for the colorblinds?

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Great improvement! Never thought they could implement it that quickly...(Have to say, though, I die more often now with those arrows distracting me *_*)

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