For multi-player strategy games, you often end up wanting to show some sort of non-essential notifications. E.g. "Foo and Baz have started fighting" "Bar has entered your capital city" "Bob has been destroyed".
I only know of two popular ways to display them:
- In a "chat window"-like area with each notification appearing as a line of text (ofter intermingled with chat messages);
- As automatically disappearing "grow"-like notifications which may queue up and fade out / pop one at a time.
Are there any other methods I should investigate as well?