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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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UX for Game Development?

We're about to embark on a small Casino-type Flash game and I've been assigned the task of "UX Lead"... Our company is just beginning to integrate and define the concept of UX. Our projects are now ...
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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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How to represent level of difficulty while selecting a game?

I am working on a menu to select from various (3) game variants shown from top to bottom, each variant offering different difficulty levels. The difficulty will be selected by swiping (touch input ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should I use a radial menu design for a touchscreen game?

We are working on a game for android. We had a normal menu where each menu entry is below the other. As we find this boring, we looked to different approaches and came across the lock screen on ...
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Visualization of a resource with multiple competitors

In a game I am working on, the goal is to gather a specific percentage of some limited resource. Additionaly, players can shoot each other, resulting in a permanent loss of some amount of this ...
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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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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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Is there a resource for MMORPG trading interfaces?

I’m searching for some documentation/training/resource on MMORPG trading UIs (marketplace, auctions, changing items etc.). Is there any detailed documentation in this topic somewhere? ps. Google is ...
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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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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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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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Which symbols to show availability status for online gaming ? [closed]

I'm redesigning the UI of an online multiplayer game where the red and green colors already carry important meanings, thus they can't be used along with the orange to denote users who are "actively ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Most Common Screen Size used to play facebook games?

I am developing a facebook game. this game is written in php/Jquery/CSS. Up until recently, facebook games have been display in an iframe that was 720px wide. But recently, they gave the option to ...
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How to show that a bar is loading?

I'm building a game. Each character has an energy bar. It's red when it's in the low, and green when it's full. I'd like to make it obvious for the user to see that the bar is progressing ( getting ...
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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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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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Icon for number of “lives” remaining [closed]

I am writing a game for which the user has a set amount of "lives". Each time he makes a mistake, he loses a life. When the "lives" counter reaches 0, the game is over. What would be an appropriate ...
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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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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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Which side of the screen should a user HUD be on?

I'm trying to come up with the UI for a game I'm creating for the iPhone/iPad. The game is based off another online game form years ago, and they had their HUD on the left side of the screen. I'm ...
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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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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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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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iPad UI: 2-Player Multi-touch Decisions Affecting Game Play

I am working on a game project that resulted from a summer game jam session. I had the "brilliant" idea to try and port the game to the iPad and I now find that I have painted myself into a corner so ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.