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Nov
22
revised Why do RPGs show conversations in windows with talking head animation?
Dungeon Master, not Dungeon Keeper!
Nov
22
comment Why do RPGs show conversations in windows with talking head animation?
@unor: Oops! No, I meant Dungeon Master. Edited! Of course, that wasn't the earliest RPG; I could have said Ultima or other earlier games.
Nov
19
comment Why do RPGs show conversations in windows with talking head animation?
The technique used in the first example is showing the player's character and his expression, while the main view is of the female NPC he's interacting with. It's also useful if there are several NPCs displayed in the main view - the portrait is an easier way to see at a glance who's speaking rather than just having the text for their name. But yes, it's broadly historical; these tropes were evolving when resolution and colour depth was much more like the second example, or even worse.
Nov
18
answered Why do RPGs show conversations in windows with talking head animation?
Oct
22
comment Board game design: Which design is clearest to indicate failure?
At the moment in the first illustration you've got lots of empty space. I appreciate this can provide space for artwork, but I'd make the circles much larger, with rather small lines connecting them into a track. With bigger circles you can include more info inside the circle. (And it doesn't have to be a circle: two stacked circles followed by a trash can in a rectangle could work just as well.)
Sep
26
comment Website logo: include the TLD or not?
Would your answer about the .com apply to sites outside the USA? The userbase is fairly international, spread around UK, Europe, USA, and farther afield.
Sep
26
revised Website logo: include the TLD or not?
bought the .com
Sep
25
asked Website logo: include the TLD or not?
Aug
17
comment Fibonacci pagination
@Krumia: You're saying the site should set a cookie whenever I click a link, such that when I use the back button it'll reload that cookie and automatically load several more screens' worth of content, then scroll me down to where I was? Sounds great in theory, but I've never seen a site do that.
Aug
14
comment Fibonacci pagination
Many thanks for this. The article doesn't even mention the issue that most irritates me about infinite scroll (breaking the "back" button as I describe on Krumia's answer), but the "inaccurate scrollbar", "locating a previously found item" and "sense of completion" points are all valid and frustrating too.
Aug
14
comment Fibonacci pagination
Infinite scroll is really annoying because it breaks the behaviour of the back button. So many times I go: read to bottom, wait for content to load, read to bottom, wait, read, click a link, when I'm done hit "back": oh, my browser is not able to return me to where I was because it's only loaded the top "page" of content. Pagination with different URLs works much better.
May
14
comment Is it good idea to send user password upon register?
This is a really good and interesting idea. It's like the way sites with two-factor authentication will say "We've just sent a text message to your mobile phone number xxxxx xxxxxx34". First two and last two characters will usually be enough to prompt recall of the password, and not enough to allow an interceptor to figure it out. I like it a lot.
May
14
comment Is it good idea to send user password upon register?
Yahoo is really bad, in general; and Gmail's spam filters are really, really good.
May
2
awarded  Student
May
1
asked Why did Microsoft make all the Office 2013 icons have such similar colours?
Mar
31
comment Are people sick of logins?
Hm. On the other hand I'm registered with StackExchange via OpenID (Google), and I'm quite happy to comment on a new SE member site because it's just a couple of clicks: "Sign up", "Using Google", "Accept", "Confirm". No typing at all.
Feb
6
comment Why do credit card forms ask for Visa, MasterCard, etc.?
@ButtleButkus: Suppose you're the sysadmin for ten sites, three of which for legacy reasons are written in languages you're not hugely practiced in. Now you have to update them all. Suppose the web programmer for a company left and they haven't hired a replacement yet. Suppose you put ten sites live, took 3 of them down, 2 of them split into five each, and 3 others merged. How many codebases do you have to update? (Okay, if you've written it ideally, one. Ideal programming isn't always followed in the real world.)
Jan
14
comment Indicating sort direction without increasing horizontal space
This is still confusing. Now both the salary and the bonus column are sorted ascending, which doesn't seem to be what the icons indicate at all. With the icon above the salary column, I'd expect to see $300 at the top.
Jan
7
comment How to layout an icon, text and number within limited space?
But those "character options" are associated with their positions. The helmet is up high, the weapons at hand level, the boots at foot level. It's good UX to make the icon's location suggest its meaning as well as the icon's content, so I prefer the original layout on this point.
Dec
19
comment “back” for RTL, mandarin and other languages
Even more confusingly, the "back" arrow at bottom-left of the screen points left, but the "back" ("return") icon at top-right of the screen points right!