Red Alert

The on-board computer known as 'Aura' has the most soothing yet authorative voice. I remember how hard I listened to her teachings when I first started the tutorial those many years ago. She still clears her throat every now and then to tell me of star gate activation but she’s rarely heard beyond the tutorial or introduction. Listening to EvE radio recently I heard Auras voice again warning pilots of entering low sec systems, low capacitor and other useful snippets and I thought how wonderful it would be if they were an actual part of the game.

EvE Online lacks a healthy dollop of audible warnings, the most dangerous event; being targeted by a hostile unit hardly registers at all. I’m not saying that we should be able to play passively, only reacting when the sirens go off (by then it’s usually too late anyway) but it would be nice to have additional audible warnings to more events.

I also feel that the on-board computer Aura should have more of a say in the events the ship finds itself in. I just think that it may be a more personal experience if the ship were to talk to you, perhaps not conversationally but to advise and reason with you on certain criteria. The option to switch off such conversing would be mandatory as we should always be given a choice, but I do think there is room for more audio contributions from the ship and I’m sure it would add a little atmosphere to space.

Just a thought...

4 comments:

deepspacetransponder said...

Exactly what I was thinking recently.
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maniac69uk said...

It would be nice to get a warning of webscrams and when the damage is into hull (mind you if you are hull tanking that would be annoying!)

Cartoon Boy said...

Great idea. The option to toggle on/off certain warnings would have to mandatory as I can asume many pilots would not wish to have alarms going off all constantly.

Some of the alarms/warnings are already present but they are so quiet they sit in the background amidst the melee of the game.

Turrets sounds can be supressed, but warning sounds cannot be boosted. Very strange...

A while back a third party developed a system called 'Bacon' which alerted the pilot to hostiles within the local beacon, indicating a need and lack of audio warnings in EvE Online.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful idea I hope they read this and add it in. The game would be even more immersive