Custom tailor your nightmare hivemind experience!
My view is SIC might be 'noisy' for your -character-, but it shouldn't be for the -player-, particularly when different players might have very real accessibility issues with all that color running together as they try to parse extremely important information.
Honestly, the -feel- of the game would be entirely different from dark red to danger yellow or pastel purple. I'd love to see our new color options put to use this way. Even more hilarious when you get a super serious gritty threat from someone... And it comes to you in bubblegum pink.
Change the PC scroll from white and dark red to.... Whatever you'd like it to be!
Also, as per Feng's request, including a mention of how much processing power this would take up.
So, we're going to end up giving you a set of reds to choose from via an @option. Red with the pipe separators will continue to be how we communicate SIC visually. Also, why we would give an individual control over how the world feels? red is oppressive, red is conflict, red is passion. I've outlined how I'd like it done, but I want to let another coder learn how to work with the @options system instead of doing it myself.
In general, my suggestion is to use a color scheme like acid in the webclient. (@client-option colorset acid) I was careful to make sure all 16 core colors are usable with its colors. I generally find those who have a problem are continuing to use the traditional ANSI color palette. But the traditional palette wastes dark red and dark blue, limiting 16 color clients to about 10 usable colors. Traditional colors date back to the 80s. Dystopia is Pretty.
Even with Dystopia is Pretty, I can accept wanting to have options, and since we have so many shades of red, we can give you some. More to come.
Idea 1: I want to be able to choose from a selection of colors and have my SIC traffic displayed in that color.
Idea 2: I want different forms of SIC traffic to be in different colors.
Both: I want to be able to pick the color each for of SIC traffic is shown in.
First, I don't like the "I think in $COLOR." Idea or anything else that suggests that IC SICs are anything text like at all. It contradicts with 'help sic' and feedback from staff. SIC is not text.
Also, I am like Idea 1. Especially the what Johnny presented it. A selection of possible red tones. But I do not like having different kids of SIC traffic in different colors. We can't make SIC seem like it is used by millions but having SIC be busy with various types of traffic that can make it hard to notice what you want to see it a step in that direction I think.