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What is the purpose of “press any key to continue” falling directly before a menu?

I've seen a lot of games--I'm talking about video games, with my experience mostly being on consoles--that ask me to press the A key (for example) before they show me the main menu. Is there any ...
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Point and click or arrow key/wasd game movement?

I am looking to start develop games and I am currently in the planning phase however when testing some other games close to what I was to create I see a lot of them use point and click character ...
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one button, two functions?

We are designing an UI of a game like the following: Once you enter the Green button (Start) you start to fight. However, there's a limit of restarting the fight. When it come to the limit, the ...
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iOS indicate to user they can use a swipe gesture [duplicate]

I have a puzzle game for iOS where the user can swipe left to skip the current puzzle and try another one. They can also swipe right to view previous puzzles. However, I'm having trouble coming up ...
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Is it good to put a player into detention (jail) or just kick the user from a server?

I am developing a game server in an open-world game where players can do whatever they want. Once however my staff encounters a rule breaker I advise them to, by their judgment on how bad it is, to ...
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Why do RPGs show conversations in windows with talking head animation?

Coming from an adventure game background, where conversations usually happen as subtitles or speech balloons, with at most a bunch of answers to click at the bottom of the screen, I've recently ...
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What to show while a game is loading?

I would like to know what is the best solution to show while a game is loading? Do you think just showing a loading bar is enough, or is entertaining with a mini-game, like snake, the better ...
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Slick text transitions for game tutorial

Are there any names for the techniques/transitions used to make text appear in a slick, and attention grabbing (but unobtrusive) way? A typical use case for this is the tutorial level of a game, ...
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What symbol(s) can represent difficulty level in the context of a game?

In short: How to indicate that a numeric display represents the difficulty level? I'm looking for a symbol that represents the concept of ever-increasing difficulty level, in the context of a casual ...
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Health bar decreasing orientation

I'm having a contradiction with a friend about the health bar in a game. He designed it so that the hearts are getting empty (greyed out) from left to right, and I said to him that they should empty ...
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What is it called in UX terms when you share a unique link to privately share/collaborate?

I'm looking for the name of a specific name of a UX convention. Many games, to allow for multiplayer games without logging in, let you share a unique URL that when another person visits, will create ...
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Why “Press Any Button to Continue” screen in beginning of games?

Many games asked user to "Press Any Button to Continue" after splash screens before game menu. Is there any good reasons for asking that?
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Why are most game controllers left handed?

Most game controllers (game pads, joysticks) use the left hand for directional control, which is also the task that requires the most dexterity. Most people are right handed, but end up using their ...
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Why are the controls opposite/inverted when flying in a game?

In a game, we would normally use the directions in a normal way to move, i.e. "up" for move forward, "down" for move backwards, "left" for left, and so on. Although, when we play a flying game, why ...
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What's a pleasant way to mark a point in a 3D grid?

This question is related to a problem a friend of mine has encountered (in the context of a 3D video game, if it matters at all). I'd like to know if there's a UX pattern for the following use case: ...
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Why do some games represent experience level with stars?

In some games, stars are used to represent a player's experience level. Does anyone know the origin of why people do this? I guess it might be because it represents reaching another milestone but I ...
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Why don't iOS games show the correct number of notifications in the app icon?

I've observed a common behaviour among most games for iOS devices, they constantly generate push notifications, but show just one on the app icon. So, most of the time they look like this: You ...
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Where should the subtitle setting be in video games?

I was recently playing Dead Space 3 and was trying to turn on the subtitles. I found them to be in the Audio sub-menu. In other games, it can be in the Game or Video sub-menus. As subtitles are ...
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Does including background animation or motion in an application increase user engagement?

I'm interested why top game companies put a lot of "background" animations in their games - has it been demonstrated to increase user engagement? Does it take longer for a user to get bored of a game ...
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What is the reception of flat UI in modern tablet Videogames?

Here's what a typical modern iPad game looks like. There's lots of eye candy in this image, like golden gradient borders, buttons that look like gems, gradients, etc. Icons for weapons are drawn in a ...
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Which chess board labelling is better in terms of UX?

I'm making a chess game for iOS and I want to label the ranks and files (columns and rows). Is it better to put the labels inside or outside the squares. Bear in mind that putting them on the outside ...
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Is there any underlying rule/paradigm for UI that prefers LACK of animation, as in a game?

There are plenty of questions/answers discussing when/where to optionally include animation in an app. Now it comes to the point, there is almost ubiquitous animation all over media. Even a few ...
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Numeric input - alternatives to slider / text field for mobile game?

For our game the player's occasionally required to enter numbers. Sometimes it's the number of units to buy and in that case typically a number between 1 and 10,000, other times it's goods to buy, in ...
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In Final Fantasy games, why are your characters on the right hand side instead of the left hand side?

I found this history of Final Fantasy on reddit and it mentions about Final Fantasy 1: it was one of the first games to adopt the right vs. left fighting style. Other games in that genre had ...
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Does asking for confirmation create stronger engagement

I noticed in some game apps, a modal dialog is shown asking, "John Doe has sent you an invitation to play. [Accept] [Decline]". In other games, the game just pops up in your list of games, and you ...
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2D action shooter “left-to-right” VS “bottom-to-top” experience

Which type of games is more suited for users on mobile platforms (phones, tablets) considering their thumbs movement? LEFT TO RIGHT like in R-Type? or BOTTOM TO TOP like in Xenon?
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How does game interface design differ from web design? [closed]

I recently saw a similar question on Quora, and was curious about how design focuses in both fields differed? Bonus points if you can summarize it in a catchy little sentence or something.
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Are these $ symbols awkward for UX on Who Wants to be a Mil… parody that's titled Who Wants to be an Expert?

Below is a "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" type game show parody used as a practice quiz at the end of an online course, before the student takes their final exam. While it's obvious that this is ...
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Who should be able to pause/restart/quit the game in a turn based game?

I have a game that consists of players making moves in turn, on a single console (Xbox 360). Up to 16 players can play in one game. The xbox can have up to 4 controllers associated/connected to one ...
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Progress bar that allows to understand both current and maximum values

I need to design a health bar for a game, so that the player could guess at a glance not only its relative value (i.e. amount of remaining health compared to its maximum), but also to understand how ...
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Way to display a lot of end-game data

I am building a web app for providing League of Legends players with a more detailed match history and statistics as well as an internal ranking system (for friends) and achievements, as well as an ...
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What is the best way to represent the difficulty level in a children's game?

I am building a game for children. The game contains questions. Age range: 5-18. Context: learning. Before the questions I have a screen where the children select a difficulty level: I want to ...
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Timer on game for kids

Game description: The kid has a multiple choice question. If the answer is wrong or right they procede to the next question and so on. The question: Is it good or bad user experience for kids, if I ...
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UX guidelines for a web game tutorial

I need to design a tutorial for a simple web game. I don't know what would be better: a video? an overlay with info about game elements? Moreover... I was thinking to use it on the splash screen ...
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best way for a multiplayer lobby in a smartphone game

This is how it works now: At this time it is a web app and then: users choose an ID and a password, then create a new game, the server returns the code of the new game created, the other players ...
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Vertical scroll down navigation for Facebook app?

I am designing a web app that must live both as a Facebook app and on a external website. The website is designed as vertical scroll-down website with 3 sections. How do I translate this kind of ...
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Alerting a player that a game has started in another browser window

I have a web-based game for two players. When the first player enters, he/she has to wait for a second player to enter, which may take several minutes. I noticed that people get bored waiting, and ...
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Character stats page design for Facebook game

I need some expert advice redesigning the layout of my Facebook game. Below is a screenshot of my home page as it stands now. Styling of margins and some font stuff isn't done which is why some things ...
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Hangman game on mobile - Qwerty or alphabetical keyboard

I'm building a hangman game as part of a bigger mobile educational application. As you know for hangman you select letters and see if they are part of the word or sentence. I'm trying to decide if I ...
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Do Radial Menus have an implicit hierarchy?

I've been designing radial menus (also known as pie menus, or contextual menus) for some time. Mostly for the video game industry. I've had a lot of success with them, and I find them helpful for ...
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Representing how many you have with how many they want

I have a problem whereby we are asking a user for multiple items. This is in a gaming scenario and the game has lots of items. Each item is manufactured from other items and is only counted once it ...
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How do I make tablet ported game controls feel “native”?

I've seen some games on tablets lately and most of them don't seem native. They add a digital analoge stick or something to navigate, but they feel strange. When a game uses mouse a lot this can be ...
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How could users select four cards from a hand of eight?

I'm making a card game on a website. Users are shown a hand of eight cards. They will then choose four to pass to the other player. How could this work? check boxes under each card, if the users ...
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Anyone know of a good pattern library for game UI design? [closed]

I'm a big fan of the Yahoo! Design pattern library. I'm surprised there isn't one for game UI - or at least I don't know of one. Does anyone? Looking for patterns for leaderboards, etc.
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Using a virtual joystick for a game?

Many games for touchscreen mobile devices use virtual joysticks for movement. This has many issues: You can't see/feel where the joystick is pointing when you are using it. You can't feel where the ...
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Game UX for hero with upgrade-able collectable boosts

We are developing game with moving hero and many static (not moving) speedboosts which speed hero up for 1 second when collected. We allow user to upgrade speedboost during gameplay for 1$ and that ...
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Correlation between number of colors used and brain processing?

A professor once told a class I was in that there is a fixed amount of bits one can process at one time. I've always thought of it as our brains processor speed. This was in a HCI class. He also ...
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Should you use both the accelerometer and the touchscreen in a phone/tablet based game?

So I've been formulating an idea for a game the past few days. I don't want to get into too many details, but I mainly just wanted to ask about one aspect of the gameplay. OK, imagine a game where ...
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What should the size of a game's window be?

I'm making a game with XNA, what I'm wondering is; what should the dimensions in pixels be of the window? It needs to be a size that will work on the majority of computers. I'm not sure if there's ...
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How best to describe ranking and prizes using icons?

I have a site with an online game, there is a ranking of players. For each game the player gets points which are summed up in their ranking. During the game I want to show how much the player won ...