Font change request

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Font change request

Postby kdm_ » Fri Dec 18, 2015 11:45 am

I realize this is a somewhat minor issue and that it may be too late, but in the hopes that the game hasn't gone gold yet, I would like to start a collective request to have the font changed to be more aesthetically pleasing.

I'm guessing the font is supposed to evoke feelings of old-school RPG games with their off-center blocky fonts, but those older fonts were often aesthetically "balanced" to make it look less offensive. Moreover, those games had actual technical limitations that warranted this.

Sword City's font, on the other hand, looks like it was a normal font that intentionally had all of its letters realigned based on the height of certain lowercase letters. As a result, the aesthetic balance of the font is rather distracting. It's made even worse by the fact that there is plenty of other text in game that's normal.

In the first screenshot below, you can see how distracting it can be. In the second linked screenshot below (equipment), you can see that it's not a technical space limitation; the capital letters in "Broken Ring" clearly show that there is excess space "budget" to be used. It may take slight modification of the "tall" and "hanging" letters, or perhaps even a realignment of all letters, but it seems like it should be a fairly minor feat.

http://gematsu.com/gallery/albums/stran ... 15_003.jpg
http://gematsu.com/gallery/albums/stran ... 15_005.jpg


I made a "fixed" version of Kyo's dialogue by shifting a few lowercase letters down by 3-4px:
http://i.imgur.com/NdyIVzu.jpg

For reference, the JP version of the game has a nice penmanship-style font:
https://www.google.com/search?q=%E5%89% ... 1&tbm=isch


I just don't get why such a risky (even if minor) choice would be made. NISA must surely know it gets an (often unwarranted) bad rep sometimes with localization choices, so why not just play it safe and use a normal font?

Anyhow, I don't really want to come across as whining, because as I said, it's a mostly minor point over the whole scope of the game. I'll still get the game, but it'd be really nice to not have something like this permanently coded into my game card.

If you would like to see the font changed as well, please respond and let NISA know! Let's be sure to keep this civil.

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Re: Font change request

Postby Taedirk » Fri Dec 18, 2015 12:03 pm

Even if there's an engine restriction that originally caused this, there's little excuse for leaving it in this state. Rip open the font map and hand-fix the problem, switch to a properly aligned font that works in the bounds of the engine, whatever it takes to resolve such a glaring issue.

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Re: Font change request

Postby kdm_ » Fri Dec 18, 2015 12:26 pm

Update from the Playstation blog:

+ NISJordan on December 18th, 2015 at 11:13 am said:
Hey, font can be important to some people! The font should be looking better by release though – I believe the issues with floating letters with descenders should be fixed. :) You can keep an eye on our Facebook page (http://www.facebook./nisamericainc) for updates!


http://blog.us.playstation.com/2015/12/ ... ng-rights/

Hopefully that's really the case, and the font will be cleaned up before it goes gold. Probably should've cleaned that up before sending out promo screenshots though.

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Re: Font change request

Postby Prinny Supervisor » Tue Dec 22, 2015 10:02 am

2 quick things:

1) Like almost all projects, we actually dont' choose the font: the developer does. We only make suggestions.

2) Like the blog post mentioned, the font has been changed since then. That was a very early build. Don't worry!
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Re: Font change request

Postby PerryComo » Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:44 pm

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