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What are the two best symbols for Descent 1 and 2?

Shield
Energy
Extra Life
Invunerablity
Cloak

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Offline Infamus

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What are the two best symbols for Descent 1 and 2?
« on: February 17, 2011, 06:45:30 PM »
I want to see what the best two symbols are, coming from long-time Descenters.

Be honest about it.




I expect that the Shield will get the highest, but I have it there for a reason.


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Re: What are the two best symbols for Descent 1 and 2?
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2011, 07:55:34 PM »
I think the shield orb is a bit over done.

Even since I first saw it, I have always liked the Invulnerability Orb.  That is the one power up that has always excited me the most, and (in my opinion) the best looking power up.

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Re: What are the two best symbols for Descent 1 and 2?
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2011, 06:26:53 AM »
Eh, true, but the shield is Descent's trademark symbol, the thing you like at and immediately think "Descent".

Kind of like how the Starfleet insignia is Star Trek's symbol?
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Re: What are the two best symbols for Descent 1 and 2?
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2011, 07:25:04 AM »
It's gotta be the orb.  I've always liked the way it looks, particularly some of the fan-made versions.

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Re: What are the two best symbols for Descent 1 and 2?
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2011, 08:22:33 AM »
The shield orb because it's the "official" symbol, and the cloaking device.
When I first played D1 that was the coolest looking powerup I had ever seen, and its effect was even cooler.  Too bad D3 ruined the purple orb's animation...

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Re: What are the two best symbols for Descent 1 and 2?
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2011, 09:07:18 AM »
The shield orb because it's the "official" symbol, and the cloaking device.
When I first played D1 that was the coolest looking powerup I had ever seen, and its effect was even cooler.  Too bad D3 ruined the purple orb's animation...

Yeah, the coak was ruined in D3. The invun was still cool looking, though. They also ruined the shield. It was just a randomly rotating orb rather than a blue sphere with an electrical arc going from bottom to top.


I voted the Shield and the Ex-Life. The Ex-Life because it is unique among all games featuring one. Most games just had a downsized version of your sprite ('cause most where 2D back in the day) or some other similar item, like Mario's mushroom. Descent on the other hand had a ship in a sort of containment sphere. You could almost call it a zero-point reconstruction module, which is what I call it  8). It was almost as if there was some sort of theoretical science behind it. Much more realistic than a shroom or a hedgehog head.

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Re: What are the two best symbols for Descent 1 and 2?
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2011, 03:10:37 PM »
Voted for Extra Life and Cloak...

Extra life: I'm with Infamus here.

Cloak: This here is my favorite ALL the time, and not only for Descent. I love the idea of being invisible to everything around me-it gives me an interesting sensation... and a good 30 secs of rest :D

Now, I heard, they've made somewhat real "invisibilty cloaks"...

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Re: What are the two best symbols for Descent 1 and 2?
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2011, 03:16:48 PM »
Invulnerability and Cloak. My two favorite powerups in the series.

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Re: What are the two best symbols for Descent 1 and 2?
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2011, 10:29:28 AM »
Hmmmm. I want to vote for Shield for sure, but it is a toss up between invuln and extra life.



CRAP! I can't decide! I'll get back to this.
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Re: What are the two best symbols for Descent 1 and 2?
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2011, 08:02:49 AM »
I voted for the shield orb as it's the most iconic.  I couldn't decide on a second, which is why I waited this long to vote. Then I decided to vote for energy, because if you run out of energy your screwed. 


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Re: What are the two best symbols for Descent 1 and 2?
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2011, 05:04:26 AM »
Without Cloak, I woulda gone for Shield but the purple (which is everyone's favourite colour), the dark shade and its continuous collapsing, pulsating animation swung it.

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Re: What are the two best symbols for Descent 1 and 2?
« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2011, 07:09:22 AM »
Quote from: Crash
...purple (which is everyone's favourite colour)...

Actually, my favorite color is cobalt blue, not purple.

The fact that the shield orb just HAPPENS to be around the same shade of color is pure coincidence, I swear. :P
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Re: What are the two best symbols for Descent 1 and 2?
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2011, 07:37:56 AM »
I've been thinking about this, and I know that the Shield orb (if done well) looks cool and is pretty accepted iconically for all games Descent (just look at this site's header).

However, if one is looking for a powerup to serve as a icon or symbol to represent a new or revamped or re-worked product along the Descent line ... I think I would choose the Extra Life orb because not only is it cool looking, but because other than the Shield orb, the Extra Life orb epitomizes all things Descent, and it is instantly recognizable for Descent.

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Re: What are the two best symbols for Descent 1 and 2?
« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2011, 02:26:39 PM »
I went shield and the extra life because the extra life is very special, fancy, and makes a cool sound.
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Re: What are the two best symbols for Descent 1 and 2?
« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2011, 07:07:57 PM »
Definitely the Shield Orb first... then the Energy Powerup.

Though I would say that the general shape of the Medium Lifter is just as symbolic.

 

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