Slashman wrote on Feb 8, 2024, 17:16:
People in general cannot handle a 3D game world for an RTS. I don't understand it but I've talked to a developer who was a big part of the Homeworld series and he confirmed that people just do not adjust to true 3D space. I've never had an issue with it but I'm in a minority...
I think this is important to highlight due to its veracity. Homeworld
stood out to me because it was a truly 360 degree sphere of interaction and I loved it. But, like Slashman, I am also in the minority. If you watch people long enough, you notice a pattern and it is not unique to humans. In fact, it is a pattern that is quite common in predatory species in environments that are familiar to them. Predators look forward and only occasionally do 180 degree sweeps from one side to the other. Less common is a backward glance unless something triggers that response. Even less common is looking up without stimulus. Rather, the focus is on a 180 degree half bubble in front with reliance on peripheral vision filling in the details above, below, left, and right. Unless you have stimulus, training, or are hypervigilant, the average person just doesn't actively consider themselves within a 360 degree sphere.
Getting someone to consider that and act accordingly required people to start thinking in ways that were uncomfortable and foreign to them. They're not used to that kind of spatial and informational processing which causes stress. They feel overloaded with the data since they're processing double the visual, auditory, and spatial information than they are used to processing, categorizing, and filing away.
It's so common that a phrase was invented to make people aware of this deficit. That phrase is "keep your head on a swivel". It was meant to teach people the concept of expanding their awareness to include potential threats from above, below, left, right, and behind them at all times.
"Just take a look around you, what do you see? Pain, suffering, and misery." -Black Sabbath, Killing Yourself to Live.
“Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains” -Jean-Jacques Rousseau