Vuliev wrote:I'm a power systems engineer, and it is absolutely a problem of misused nomenclature (on top of Factorio's infuriating lack of explanation for basically everything.) Given the frustrations voiced here and on Reddit, I'd almost say that their well-intentioned attempt to minimize new vocabulary has done more harm than good--except for the rest of the Factorio players that managed to learn what the power bars were saying with no/minimal issues. I'm not trying to dismiss your frustrations, but at the same time I personally don't want to lose the relatively impressive clarity of the power bars because some players are having trouble grasping the concepts behind power generation.
Well, I guess I will cede to your expertise. In my experience, when things are done to a standard in the real world, it's usually not just
to screw with you, and usually for a good reason, unless it's terrible legacy reasons (stupid pipe sizes!).
Vuliev wrote:That's misinforming the player about the dynamics of their power system. Demand is a constantly moving target--it's not a fixed condition to satisfy and move on.
Are you arguing that because your maximum power generation capacity does not fluctuate (it only changes if you build more or have some emergency like biter attack or boilers run out of fuel), whereas your demand is all over the place, that it makes more sense to have the maximum power generation fixed on the readout while demand is the moving bar? That totally makes sense. I suppose with my method, it would not intuitively make sense to watch your "power" bar drop dramatically in relation to a fixed "demand" mark when a bunch of assemblers come online - it makes more sense for the consumption and generation bars to both move to the right in such a case, while the scale of the X axis remains fixed (with 100% on the far right).
I very much like your suggestion, though I would argue that (from an intuition, layman point of view) that it is not the nomeclature that makes the current system confusing as hell and yours less confusing. What makes yours so clear is that:
1) the scale of the two bars is the same. In the current system if you have demand that is 50% of your generation capacity as in your first example, the consumption bar would be full, while the production bar would be at 50%, which would look scary to me because the bars aren't the same length, therefore there must be a mismatch somewhere, whereas in your system you can see that the two bars are the same, no problem.
2) your X scale (when under 100% utilization) is fixed, with 100% to the right. I suppose this makes your system not any different from the current system's lower bar (production), but the fact that the two bars are equal give you information (that everything is fine and your power needs are being met).