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Update some MR map previews.

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Update some MR map previews.

Updates the map previews of all the Best for MP maps & Empire

This removes the fancy mainland biome switch because it was the only map to do that and we lack the tools to automate it.

Differential Revision: https://code.wildfiregames.com/D4159

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As noted by @elexis, this reverts rP21679.

As noted by @elexis, this reverts rP21679.

And, to quote Adams, this has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.
Still, so far, not convinced we need to add it back.

Well, it is a nice feature when it can be automated.

Angen added a subscriber: Angen.Jun 20 2021, 8:17 PM

This removes the fancy mainland biome switch because it was the only map to do that and we lack the tools to automate it

To automate what exactly?
You mean it was only map to have multiple biomes or only map to actually have completed previewes for the biomes?
And you did not remove the switch at all, at least not in this patch.
You just removed art and I still don't understand why it was bad to have this there.

Ceres added a subscriber: Ceres.EditedSep 13 2021, 4:10 PM

Maybe it's too late now to ask: I wonder if more arts for other bioms for (all?) maps could be added? Even if not possible automatically from within the game, maybe it was enough to create them by screenshots or so? I would help with it, if deemed feasible. As far as I understand, there was not just one map where the biom can be changed. However, when I read previous comments, I (mis-)understand them that there was just one map. Assuming that the biom can be changed for more, then maybe adding arts (outside the game) would indeed be nice. Nothing prio, of course. What are your thoughts about this?

PS - see also there:
https://wildfiregames.com/forum/topic/55988-could-selected-map-show-its-selected-biom-currently-its-static

marder added a subscriber: marder.Sep 13 2021, 4:41 PM

Even if not possible automatically from within the game, maybe it was enough to create them by screenshots or so? I would help with it, if deemed feasible.

I would also like biome previews for every map, but the problem is that it is tedious to do by without automation. You not only have to do it once, but you also have to repeat the whole process when textures or maps get updated.

Also, it is hard to take screenshots manually where the map is at the same position/angle. Having previews that are inconsistent doesn't look good.

Ceres added a comment.EditedSep 16 2021, 4:47 PM

Could a map thumbnail be automatically generated in the game? Or is it possible to have thumbs automatically generated whenever a map/texture is updated in the repo?

Could a map thumbnail be automatically generated in the game? Or is it possible to have thumbs automatically generated whenever a map/texture is updated in the repo?

Both are possible futures, but at the moment there is really no convenient way to do it. You must go through at least one manual step, which makes this annoying.

Ceres added a comment.Sep 16 2021, 5:13 PM

Could a map thumbnail be automatically generated in the game? Or is it possible to have thumbs automatically generated whenever a map/texture is updated in the repo?

Both are possible futures, but at the moment there is really no convenient way to do it. You must go through at least one manual step, which makes this annoying.

Which manual step do you mean?

Which manual step do you mean?

I guess he refers to this: https://code.wildfiregames.com/D4117