126.96.36.199: Re: Extended navigation buttons
(2007-03-14 14:31) [#3167]
Thank you very much for your prompt reply. I have tried the extended navigation buttons according to your suggestion, now I can see all the variations by single-button clicks, but it still doesn't work as what I meant.
Maybe I haven't explained the problem quite clearly, since english is not my native language (I'm a chinese in fact).
Let's suppose we're seeing a Go match broadcast on TV. Now the game has reached a critical point, and the commentator said,
Hmm. let's guess what's the next move of the white player. Maybe F5? But black will go F3, then white H5, then black H3, and white will under serious attack. or maybe white go C3? The variations on the corner is too complicated and it's quite hard to make this decision. But how about C7? it seems not bad... OK, white finally chooses C7, let's see what's black's move next...
Yes, here F5 is what I called "v2" last time, C3 is the "v3" and C7 is "v1"(or the main path, the move which the player finally chooses). For a natural progress, here the commentator should first show all the branching variations (v2 & v3) to the audiences, then follows v1 (the white's actual move) to the next point. This is also what all the Go books or manuals explains or analyze the games for the readers. We don't expect to follow the main path without any pause until the end of the game, then return to the earlier branching points and try other variations. We just expect the commentator can show us all the variations and tell us what's better what's not good on a critical point, then go to the next move.
And yes, this is also what other programs like MultiGo or Stonebase does. If I still haven't explained it clearly, you can download a MultiGo ( http://www.ruijiang.com/multigo/) or Stonebase (www.stonebase.com) program and try it, then you'll see what I mean. Of course I don't mean these two programs are better than Drago (maybe it's only caused by the cultural differences, because these two programs are all written by Chinese programmers, maybe they're more or less closer to the Chinese readers' customs), in fact I quite like Drago, I only wish it could be better and better. Add an option to allow people to replay the moves in that style, I think that's enough.