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Middle-Button Mouse Click Function
« on: July 11, 2010, 09:59:07 PM »
Enjoying the game so far. One thing I'd like to suggest and/or plead to the developers that should be brought back is the ability that all old Sierra games had. When you click the middle-button on the mouse it would automatically switch from whatever cursour is currently active to the walk cursour and if you pressed it again it would go back to the cursour you previously had active. I know it's too late for episode 1, but is it at all possible this function could be implemented into the future episodes? Please? It's very handy and I find myself missing it very much.

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Re: Middle-Button Mouse Click Function
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2010, 10:00:16 PM »
When you right-click it does automatically switch the the next icon. :)
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Re: Middle-Button Mouse Click Function
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2010, 10:05:28 PM »
Just tried that in Space Quest 4, Space Quest 5, and King's Quest 5 and that didn't happen in any of those games.  Do you know specifically which games that works in?  Maybe KQ6 or 7, I can't try those right now.
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Re: Middle-Button Mouse Click Function
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2010, 10:22:13 PM »
No, I'm not talking about cycling through the available icons. When you press the middle icon it switches directly to the walk icon no matter which icon you have selected. And if you press it again you go back to the previous icon you had selected. And back and forth.

All SCI1.0 and SCI1.1 games have this function. As well as SCI32 games with more than one available icon action. From KQ5 all the way up to Gabriel Knight and Space Quest 6. It won't work if the game doesn't sense that you have a 3-buttom mouse, though. Trust me, it works. I have an old 486 that I do my classic gaming on and it does this all the time.

AGDI replicated this function in their Sierra remakes as well. And IA as well for the upcoming SQ2 (I don't think their KQ3 remake was ever patched with this ability...they didn't know of its existence in early Sierra games either).
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Re: Middle-Button Mouse Click Function
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2010, 10:24:15 PM »
Can definitely look into it!


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Re: Middle-Button Mouse Click Function
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2010, 10:27:42 PM »
I am grateful, thank you. :)

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Re: Middle-Button Mouse Click Function
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2010, 10:29:45 PM »
Huh.  I never knew about that. :)
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Re: Middle-Button Mouse Click Function
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2010, 10:31:03 PM »
Ah very cool, the way I'm playing them must just not realize I have a middle mouse button.
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Re: Middle-Button Mouse Click Function
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2010, 10:36:13 PM »
Right?  They didn't have a middle mouse button in the early 90s when the original KQ's were out, it's not in my gaming blood to use that button. ;)
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Re: Middle-Button Mouse Click Function
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2010, 10:40:32 PM »
Yea I'm with Haids on this one... I didn't even HAVE a 3-button mouse when I was growing up playing adventure games.  I had a trackball mouse for a short period of time... but that thing was absolute murder to play games with.

No... for the longest time... I played games with a 2-button mouse (complete with a serial adapter).  Heck.... I didn't even know there was two versions of KQ4 until a couple of years ago..... I had the AGI version of KQ4.  A shame I can't remember where that is packed away.... that's worth quite a bit of money these days and is quite the collectors item!
 
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Re: Middle-Button Mouse Click Function
« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2010, 10:46:33 PM »
They did have 3-button mice at that time. They had them in the late 80s too. Trust me, guys. This works.

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Re: Middle-Button Mouse Click Function
« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2010, 10:49:02 PM »
LOL@Serial Mouse.  Wow flashbacks.
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Re: Middle-Button Mouse Click Function
« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2010, 10:50:30 PM »
Trust me, guys. This works.
Nobody doesn't trust you. :) We're just saying that 3-button mouses weren't common in the glory days of KQ, so we never think to use them now that we have them.
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« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2010, 10:55:02 PM »
Ah. I thought you were saying they didn't exist. It's late and my eyes are glazing over everything heh.

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« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2010, 10:56:05 PM »
They did have 3-button mice at that time. They had them in the late 80s too. Trust me, guys. This works.

Oh I remember seeing them at CompUSA when I went to oogle the computer game selection.... I just never had one.  In fact, I can't think of anyone that I knew who had a computer who had a 3 button mouse when I was growing up.  The first 3 button mouse I used was when I was in college... and that was well into the beginning of the Modern Internet (read:  netscape browser)

When my old man bought a Dell 386 computer so we could play KQ5... it came with a 2 button mouse.  When I got a Tandy Sensation for Christmas 1994... it had a 2 button mouse.  Heck.... when we had a Tandy 1000EX (the little small one with the 3.5" floppy drive instead of the 5.25" drives that came with the Tandy 1000SX and had the keyboard built into the unit)... it came with a 2 button mouse so you could fiddle around with Deskmate.

So yea... even though 3 button mice were around... I'm pretty sure most people didn't use them... at least not until Windows 95 came around.
 
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« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2010, 10:57:21 PM »
Ah. I thought you were saying they didn't exist. It's late and my eyes are glazing over everything heh.
Well, Cez said he'd consider your request. :) Hopefully it'll be a feature in the newer chapters and we'll all get to see it.  ;D
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« Reply #16 on: July 11, 2010, 11:13:03 PM »
Ah. I thought you were saying they didn't exist.

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« Reply #17 on: July 11, 2010, 11:14:46 PM »
 :'(

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« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2010, 12:26:46 AM »
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Re: Middle-Button Mouse Click Function
« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2010, 12:53:30 AM »
I think I remember 3 button ones being very popular back then, actually. Or maybe I'm just dreaming it. They weren't like today's wheel like ones, they were actually 3 buttons.

I don't remember the Sierra options to it.

Maybe I'm just very crazy, which wouldn't surprise me :)


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