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Discussion in 'Sonic 2 HD (Archive)' started by Athelstone, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. OSM


    retro is for losers! Member
    Doing absolutely nothing
    I think the borders thing is silly. Wouldn't it be wiser to make considerations like this later on?
  2. Vincent


    Sonic 2HD - Project Leader & Chara Member
    Sonic 2 HD
    Before getting too far on the argument, let me state our "official position" regarding this:

    -No Borders.

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  3. nineko


    I am the Holy Cat Tech Member
    I'll pretend you never said that. Seriously, it's wrong enough when I see people running Gens in a maximized window ;_;
  4. If the game is 16:9/16:10 it should stay that way. Switching back to 4:3 makes no sense. Any kind of border is bad.
  5. Flare


    Its a shame that we couldn't just zoom in on the boss. I know we can't cause it would make a mess of graphics. But I feel invisible barriers make sense.
  6. Or visible, if Robotnik's Wing Fortress Zone laser is used in other Zones.
  7. Kirinja


    ATATATATA! Member
    Didn't we go over this discussion a couple of months ago? Why are we discussing it again? Besides, we're still focusing on EHZ so the boss is not a problem (yet).
    If people (speedrunners/whatever) complain then I say fuck them. Chimpo brought up MMX for PSP, that is a good example on how S2HD should be.
  8. Endgame


    Formerly The Growler Member
    Solution: everyone buy a 4:3 monitor who hasn't got one.

    But seriously, you guys have me confused about the border issue.
    I just don't get it, the official position is there will be no borders, yet the concept art you're coming up with ARE all about borders!

    Aren't the 2 bigger totem poles technically borders themselves - albeit just part of the scenary?
    They're there to stop Sonic from moving off the battle zone, right? Then technically they're still borders, no matter how you look at it!

    A barrier, a border, it's the same thing, isn't it?
  9. Black Squirrel

    Black Squirrel

    no reverse gear Wiki Sysop
    Northumberland, UK
    steamboat wiki
    You could always just... well... expand the boss areas where it's needed. You'd only need to do this for a few bosses, and I'm sure there'll be plenty of other things stopping it from playing pixel perfectly to the original anyway.

    However saying that, I thought the whole idea was just to use a resolution that was four times the size of the Mega Drive's. Even if you expanded the width for a widescreen ratio you'd still be resizing the game if you wanted to play it on most monitors full screen.
  10. Hamneggs


    Official Breakfast of S2HD Member
    Networked lighting
    I think so. Lets just leave this in 4:3 and stretch it (OMG!!!) just like we did in the tech demos, and then AFTER march 15 we finish this argument, when we have more reason to worry about it?
  11. Vendettagainst


    Apparently shooting kills things Member
    Funnily enough, that's how I play PicoDrive on my PSP.
  12. MaximusDM


    Sonic 2HD - Concept Artist Member
    No I'm pretty sure by borders, he means the cropping of the 16:9 view to introduce bars. If the borders are in game, they are fine, but they need to make sense and not alter gameplay. To actually alter boss fights isn't necessarily a bad idea, but the Aquatic Ruin Zone boss does not lend itself to that idea because the boss introduces the totems needed for the boss fight. You can't just space those to the opposite sides of the 16:9 screen.

    Something like Mystic Cave Zone or Metropolis Zone could be changed to fit a 16:9 screen without alienating the core of the boss fight mechanics.
  13. Canned Karma

    Canned Karma

    S2HD Project Manager Member
    Sonic 2 HD, various 3D work
    The staff hasn't come to a final decision on the boss zones yet. Why? Because we're focusing all our energies on the things that matter most right now, like getting a playable, polished, alpha build out to you guys. If you want my personal take on it, as I've said more than a few times now, I like Chimpo's idea, and what steveswede suggested isn't bad either.

    We're not looking to screw over the traditionalists by any means, but as with all things, there are bound to be people that aren't happy with something and feel the need to nitpick. Well that's unfortunate for them. But we're not going to let what will be an amazing experience for the majority be brought down by the few who will only want to play the game as a visual extension to the original. If it irritates them so much, it's a good thing they'll still have their emulators and the original to get their enjoyment out of.
  14. People People People...

    I agree that we have discussed this issue enough for the time being.

    But I just want to throw out my idea once more because I really do think it's a solid solution, for at least the ARZ Boss.

    Totems that are permeable from the outside-->in, but not inside-->out.

    This way the arena looks original, the battle functions as it did originally, there is nothing new added which is distracting, and no cheap stretching. I really feel it is a great solution.

    I would like some reasons put forth why this is not a best choice at the moment.
  15. Drex


    Lazy perfectionist Member
    It could also be a bit annoying trying to keep balance during the battle. I'm not opposed to your idea SSS, but it would change how you would normally fight the boss.
  16. Can the boss still be beaten with the spindash? When you spindash from the top of the totem and hit Robotnik you bounce back to the totem. With no barriers, won't Sonic fall from the top of the totem? That would be a significant change in the mechanics of that boss if you ask me.

    EDIT: Oh sorry, this has been mentioned already.
  17. So it will probably mess up the method of spin dash attack, surprisingly I have never even tried that technique. Still it seems to interfere with other aspects of the game the least.
  18. Chimpo


    I Gotta Be Me Member
    Los Angeles, 2029
    Don't Forget! Try Your Best!
    Of course they're god damn borders. The difference is that they don't take you out of the experience. They're ingame, they're part of the scenery and they're not to distracting. Sliding in black, colored, or borders with art isn't and makes it painfully obvious that you're not getting a full view of the fight now.
  19. Honestly I am sick of people suggesting these stupid ugly totem eye sores. Sorry for the frank language.
  20. Chimpo


    I Gotta Be Me Member
    Los Angeles, 2029
    Don't Forget! Try Your Best!
    It's amazing how you can see them already when no artwork has been provided at all aside from a 2 minute MS Paint mock up. Nice job judging ideas fairly there bro.

    Because you can just wait outside the totem area while Robotnik hits another totem, wait for the arrow, go in, attack, fall back behind the pole and wait for the next arrow. Essentially, easy mode. Unless of course you want to have Robotnik freeze in mid air and do nothing while you're outside as well. Then of course, you have the problem of it just looking stupid. Let's not forget the fact that it removes the strategy to spin dash into the boss, or spin dash jumping from one totem to the other to continue attacking.