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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    Games are the wild west of UIs and still very much one of the few places you can let aesthetics trump everything. Sadly, that means there's a lot of bad UIs. A gaming pattern library project would be a good idea. – DA01 Oct 2 '12 at 3:18
  • Yes, I agree. One more project on the To-Do list! ;) – Justin McDonald Oct 2 '12 at 20:25
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    You're asking for quite a lot here. Is there one specific area of game UI you want advice with? If someone posts a great pattern library for and Inventory system and another posts a great pattern list for UI Maps then who's to say which of those answers is the correct one? Can you be more explicit in your question so people have something directly to focus on while answering? – JonW Oct 3 '12 at 16:15
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    Gamesui for mobile game UI design patterns. – Art Apr 5 '14 at 17:45

As DA01 pointed out , Game design patterns vary wildly and there is hardly a defined standard behind how to best do things. But here is a collection of some of the stuff I found

User interface design in video games

Game UI Patterns - Flickr Link

Good Game GUI Design

Interaction Design Pattern Library for Games

The unfortunate thing is none of these are really proper pattern libraries but can give you some guidelines into best practices for Game UI design

  • The expression is "per se", meaning intrinsic. – Gilbert Le Blanc Oct 2 '12 at 18:15
  • sorry, I had a feeling I made a mistake there :) but I wasnt too sure – Mervin Johnsingh Oct 2 '12 at 18:17
  • No problem. This isn't Latin stack exchange. :-) – Gilbert Le Blanc Oct 2 '12 at 18:21
  • These are very helpful - this is exactly the kind of thing I was looking for. Thanks a lot! – Justin McDonald Oct 2 '12 at 20:24

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