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What do you want eDiving to be?
Posted by eDiver on January 16, 2010 at 1:35 pm in General Discussion - General Chat
Hi,
as You might know already, we recently announced that we are working on a Lobster Hunting mode for eDiving.
Since that announcement, we got several feedback, and I got specially intrigued by the comment dirdiver made in his post. Basically he said that eDiving is a simulator and not a videogame.

That made me thinking ...

What is eDiving?
And, more important, what should eDiving be?

When I started eDiving (more than 3 years ago) it was mainly intended to be a tool to preview real dive sites (and help me not getting lost while diving for real). There was no virtual diver in the simulator ... just a mask .. and no marine life either ... just the terrain.

Then we started adding marine life, then the diver ..... with the diver came the equipment ... and the dive computers ... and from them came DCT.
Then we added bubble credits, raffle tickets and trinkets to keep you busy while virtual diving ...

So, what is eDiving?

For me these days eDiving is mainly a development tool we use to design SPECIALTY CLASSES for Dive Computers.

And for You? What is eDiving? And what should eDiving be for You?

Alberto
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Reply by amarshall on January 16, 2010 at 1:38 pm
To me eDiving is a tool, but I also use it for fun some times. I've been using it for almost a year now and withevery edive it has helped me prepare for to get my certification. I like that it is realistic, and I would like it to stay that way. But, I also want it to be fun.
Reply by cdiver on January 16, 2010 at 1:51 pm
I want it to be a game,but also a tool for learining diving scenairoes.
Reply by cdiver on January 16, 2010 at 2:01 pm
eDiver said "Hi,
as You might know already, we recently announced that we are working on a Lobster Hunting mode for eDiving.
Since that announcement, we got several feedback, and I got specially intrigued by the comment dirdiver made in his post. Basically he said that eDiving is a simulator and not a videogame.

That made me thinking ...

What is eDiving?
And, more important, what should eDiving be?

When I started eDiving (more than 3 years ago) it was mainly intended to be a tool to preview real dive sites (and help me not getting lost while diving for real). There was no virtual diver in the simulator ... just a mask .. and no marine life either ... just the terrain.

Then we started adding marine life, then the diver ..... with the diver came the equipment ... and the dive computers ... and from them came DCT.
Then we added bubble credits, raffle tickets and trinkets to keep you busy while virtual diving ...

So, what is eDiving?

For me these days eDiving is mainly a development tool we use to design SPECIALTY CLASSES for Dive Computers.

And for You? What is eDiving? And what should eDiving be for You?

Alberto"



You forgot Buddy Diving

Reply by amarshall on January 16, 2010 at 2:09 pm
For me, eDiving is perfect just the way it is right now
Reply by eDiver on January 24, 2010 at 11:14 am
amarshall said "For me, eDiving is perfect just the way it is right now"

I am glad to hear that
Reply by dirdiver on January 25, 2010 at 8:01 am
For me eDiving is not only a simulator to enjoy diving when real life conditions don't allow me to dive (nothing beats the real thing ;-) but also a good way to get familar with equipment, procedures, etc.

I like it very much the way it is now, but there is always room for improvements. Like the divesite selection good have more info about the difficulty, experience required, envirement (warm/cold water). So divers can select the divesite appropiate to there equipment or experience level. Now I select a site and during load I'm informed wat is required to acces the site. I know this is peanuts but like I said, there is always room for improvements.

Further: Keep up the good work!

and eDiving will be as populair as any flightsim.
Reply by gelleri on February 14, 2010 at 4:29 pm
I am much more interested in the simulator side of it. What I find really great about eDiving is how realistic it is. I can use it to experience what I couldn't experience in real life (e.g. deep dives, wreck diving etc.). I understand that there should be fun elemets too, but if I were you, I would concentrate on realism. There are some "dive simulators" around, but they are meant to be fun and just fun, whereas Ediving stands out because it offers REAL dive sites, REAL wrecks, REAL diving gear, and it is amazingly realistic (deco, temp, gas consumption, PPO2 / Nitrogen levels/loading etc ).

For me, it's definitely a simulator and an educational tool.

Reply by manevin on February 25, 2010 at 2:37 am
im sterting to find little things that "could" be improved, although i may just be nit picking.

I love the twin tanks and stage bottles, one thing i would like to see though is to have the bottles change labels based on their content. so say my twin tank has 21% mix in it, Air. it should be a plain white set. Should it have any other mix above say, 80%, is should get an oxygen label. (i know as a divers perspective, if i dont know whats in a tank i wont breathe from it)

When switching tanks during the dive, i noticed that the diver doesnt swap regulators, and can be a bit confusing from looking at 3rd person stand point.

Id love to see more activity. possibly an underwater photography specialty, being able to actually dive off of a boat and use the downlines, also adding currents and more variable conditions, possibly relating to the time of day the person is diving.

(diving off a boat, brings up an idea, ability to purchase a dingy, instead of the transporter, possibly at less cost and more realistic.)
Reply by eDiver on February 25, 2010 at 3:30 am
manevin said ".....When switching tanks during the dive, i noticed that the diver doesnt swap regulators, and can be a bit confusing from looking at 3rd person stand point."

Actually the diver DOES switch regulator when switching tanks ..... look at the hoses that are color coded and where they are connected


Thank You for the suggestions ..... I like the dingy one
Reply by manevin on February 25, 2010 at 3:39 am
Ahhh I see now. The hose still comes from the back, which was throwing me off.

And I absolutely love being able to do hour long dives on the spiegle grove. Finding something to do while in deco is hard though.
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