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How Green Makes Me See Red!

As I am sure that many eminent software authors read this magazine, I thought I might make a special plea to them. Please, keep off the green.

No, I'm not asking writers of adventure games to ensure that their demons, dragons, maidens or monsters don't trample all over the grass; and I'm not suggesting that authors of flight simulation programs shouldn't make their flights and manoeuvres around the sky too realistic. I'm just asking that software writers don't use the colour green any more.

People like myself who use the green monochromatic monitors can't see it. Green characters don't show up on a green screen!

Have you ever tried to play Monsters without the ladders? And what about hcess: no matter how good you are at it, it's difficult to play it well when you see only half the board, particularly when the pieces keep appearing and disappearing as you move. And I assure you there's nothing more annoying than to get jumped on in an adventure game simply because you didn't read the warning sign - it couldn't be seen, it was written in green!

So, perhaps we could institute a new programming rule to accommodate those of us who own monochramatic monitors: 'green is out'. Maybe your software reviewers can mention, in future, the amount of green factor that a program has. Then we would end up with ratings of appeal, playability, usability and greenness - that would be very useful.

D. J. Oborne
University College of Swansea