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Pallet or palette?

September 19, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Can anyone help me out here with a definition?

Palette switching sounds to me like a reference to computer graphics of a previous generation, when you would change the colour palette on a picture to make it look different (we even used to do some palette animation – fake movement through recolouring! Happy times). So I would understand palette switching to mean “making superficial changes to something you were planning to put in your game, so you can repurpose it to new ends or for a new location.”

Pallet switching on the other hand sounds to me like moving stuff around with a forklift. Which could be an apt metaphor for playing a shell game (aka “find the lady) with the players, the shells being large objects not plausibly moved around the world.

Is any of this what we’re talking about, or am I even more lost than I thought I was?

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  1. Jack Colby
    September 19, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    I assume palette like the well known computer game palette switching is correct here. Someone saying pallet might be either misspelling palette or has no idea what the origin of the term is.

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