PSA: Instant chats in capital letters are less readable

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I prefer color blended instachats with caps on only the first letter of each word. I think those are the most eye-catching imho.
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The whole point of madmax's post is that it doesn't need to be eye-catchy, but easy to comprehend. I might even say it shouldn't even drive too much attention to not distract(=/= inform) players.

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Who needs to comprehend a sentence when you could just relate colors with meaningless words? :mrgreen:

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INW wrote:Good point. I normally don't even read the instant chats. Usually green means good and red means bad. Except for that one kid who has them reversed...
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dude- bright yellow is totally the easiest to see and most noticeable. I think.
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I agree, also once is enough.

Spamming instant chats (especially capitalised) is self-defeating because I have to disable text, otherwise I can't see where I'm going.
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On the note of colors, what about instachats consisting of

█████████████
█████████████
█████████████

Pros:
- Point gets across easily, don't even have to glance up(very visible)
- One time is enough, it's quite noticeable while still being out of the way.
- Color notification > text.

Cons:
- Some might argue it's not very descriptive for the average player
- Might get in some player's eyes
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This doesn't work with the new fonts.

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what i do is i have it all white but the most important word in the color it should be in. that probably made no sense so here is an example

There's a hole in their def!
or
Defense Dead -- Retreat!

I think this is helpful because you only need to look at the colored word. so you would see hole in green and say ok attack the hole in their def or in the defense dead one you would see the retreat in red and it would pop out and instantly get you the message. What do you guys think of this idea?

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bmg wrote:so you would see hole in green and say ok attack the hole in their def or in the defense dead one you would see the retreat in red and it would pop out and instantly get you the message. What do you guys think of this idea?
I much prefer this over seeing random insta chats in all caps or all one color. I think what helps the most though is the color coding...because then you don't actually have to glance up. The color is seen in the peripheral vision and registers almost instantaneously whereas text (whether capitalized or not) must be read. And who wants to waste time reading insta chats?
Red=BAD
Green=GOOD
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only colored words matter then?
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haha funny how you're all saying you don't read the instant chats but when Delfinix spelled "DOWN" wrong, he was getting constantly bitched about it xD
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Havn't seen that gif for years :lol:

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they must be trash talkin their opponent for pokemon card battle

i cant beleive this topic is still going.
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