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Re: [Icehouse] Xeno color mapping for Homeworlds

  • FromAlan Anderson <aranders@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateMon, 4 Jun 2007 18:01:41 -0400

On Jun 4, 2007, at 1:31 AM, Rob Bryan wrote:
2) As a player who knows a game with one color set, looking at a
position in the other and just "seeing" it.  Here, I strongly prefer
Andy's mapping.  If I look at a Homeworlds position in Xeno colors and
tell my brain to find the Yellow peices (or Red or Green or Blue), it
finds the right ones.

Right on!  I feel exactly the same way.

I'm honestly surprised at all the "blue = cyan" opinions being voiced. Perhaps it's my linguistic interests at work here, but I don't see the similarity as particularly strong. In Hebrew, for example, nobody would use the word "kahol" (blue) to describe "tkhelet" (cyan). Cyan is a color all its own. It's sort of bluish, but it's also sort of greenish, in the same way orange is sort of reddish.

My guess is that most people don't really *see* the colors as strongly equivalent, but they *think* the English color names "blue" and "light blue", and having been trained to consider cyan a kind of blue, they make the connection that way.