[0.15] Make it easier to see electric wire over copper patch

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[0.15] Make it easier to see electric wire over copper patch

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When you place electric poles over a copper patch, it's very hard to see the wires that connect the poles:

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I am (sort of) young and I can't quickly and easily see whether two poles are connected here. I can only imagine what it's like for other people with worse vision.

P.S. the new graphics are AWESOME!!

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I agree.

Actually I would make the wires more visible in general. When placing poles in diagonal the wires are not as visible as they should be. For horizontal/vertical is fine though.

And ill use this to say that the new graphics are indeed great. But we still need player avatars in high res!
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Maybe highlight the connected power network on power-pole mouseover the way connected circuit networks are highlighted on mouseover for everything else?

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The wires are on my list of "needs complete refurbish". And as they are yet, it is obvious for the devs, too.
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ssilk wrote:The wires are on my list of "needs complete refurbish". And as they are yet, it is obvious for the devs, too.
I was hoping this would be simple - change the wire color or add a small border? I know the devs are hard at work on more important bugs, and I hope they'll be able to fix this as well.

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This is not a bug, it's in like so since the very early releases, but with the current graphics it's just not working well any longer.
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ssilk wrote:The wires are on my list of "needs complete refurbish". And as they are yet, it is obvious for the devs, too.
I know you can't give me a timeframe, but is this on the "to do" list for the devs?

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Sorry. I really don't know. I can only make good guesses ;) , based on former changes - as always: When I look at how the graphics and design of the rest of Factorio has changed over time, the current situation with the wires/cables is really "ugly" (again: compared to the rest of the game, which is really not so bad, as it sounds).

Which means: This (the whole wires and handling of wires, handling of combinators, circuits, eventually also parts of the logistic networking into circuits etc.) is a very good candidate for an overhaul. Big gains of game-play-value can be expected, if the whole complex is improved straightforward, but a lot of work and questionable afford and outcome.

But I'm just the guy, who sees that from outside and it's really easy to say something, if you are not so deep involved. :)
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Thanks ssilk. I'm really loving 0.15. (And probably spending more time playing the game than is good for me.) Keep up the good work.

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