Where shall I start... First, not much would have to be changed for the system to be more perfect (in my opinion). Todos:
Every race has a collection of Picture brushes in the race.entity file (2h)
Setting for player and AI (seperately) if Brush is fixed or random (1d, requires mod specific settings file)
A screen with a list on the left depicting all races (so one can set more than three) where race specific setting can be made (e.g. preferred Picture) (2d-3d)
Using not a mask and one picture but the selected picture brush in the screens (Diplomacy, Trade,...) (1d-2d)
Thats thats less than 2 work weeks. It's not cheap to do (considering what a programmer/designer per week costs) but it's not that expensive if its a problem going forward with the sins engine. It's more a problem of development time I believe (devs - and I know hat I speak of - often have a very busy schedule)
And this is contradicting me in any way how?
I'm the one who has been saying it's not a simple, can be done in a couple of hours time fix as some would like others to believe. By your estimation of 6 to 8 days (which I feel is probably a bit excessive), you agree with me that it is considerably more time intensive to get it done on the devs side (which also breaks compatibility for every single mod that makes changes to the picture sets until they convert over as well, thus adding more time and work for the rest of us which you didn't include in your example). My point was that said 6 to 8 days can be better utilized elsewhere when the current set up isn't broken and thus requiring a fix. Would it look pretty? Sure. But most everyone who plays either only plays as one faction and thus never even bothers to worry about switching pictures, or is like me and really doesn't give a damn about the pictures at all because they add nothing to the game that the faction icons don't already do...
I'm not a newbie modder, I've been doing this 16~17 years now, don't treat me as such, it's insulting to us both.
Speaking of icons! I'm the one who first said making it like the icons would be a better option to the present, which was explained in detail with MyFist's explanation, so I have to mark that one down as a he agrees with me, and since you like what he put up in said detailed explanation, I have to assume that means you agree with me as well. I just didn't care to get into an overly detailed explanation of how to make it all happen when the person I was talking to wasn't interested in listening to anyone who didn't share his own opinion and my reply had already been going on for long enough. And again, there are more icons then pictures for personalization, and they can be multicolored if one so desires. Do I need to explain out the process for that right now or is someone else going to come on here and say "Huh?" and then proceed to explain it all out for me so JDC can claim another victory for himself?
I'm also the only one who has shown that even if the current set up is less then perfect in some people's minds, the player side solution is extremely simple and takes only seconds to get the same results (proven with the use of exactly TWO pictures to show the entire process: click here, then here), which no one denies. (And no, that's not a challenge, so all of you Barney Stinsons out there, just keep on doing something else. ) It's not a broken system and thus, does not require attention. If it's given attention, great, I wouldn't be any less happy about it as everyone else because it expands my modding potential with Sins. If all things remain the same, I'm not going to be pissing and moaning about it because I've already posted an extremely simple and easy solution, and for anyone who does, I'm going to direct them to my two pictures.
Shouting and insulting make you the same level as JCD in his OP. Please refrain from it and stay civilised
And if you've paid attention to me all of these years, you'd know I never start anything, but I'm also not afraid to respond in kind, as is the case here. You show me civility and actually listen to what I have to say, and I will do that for you, even go as far as modify an existing mod, or build an entirely new one to make your playing experience an enjoyable one. You post all over these forums being an ass to everyone including those that are trying to help you, I'm going to treat you the same way you treat everyone else. It's as simple as that. The Golden Rule my friend, the Golden Rule.