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A Very Brief History of
Video Game UX
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Author’s Note:
This is subjective.
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What makes good UX
in a video game?
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GOOD VIDEO GAME UX
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1. Intuitive
2. Immersive
3. Consistent
4. Delightful
PONG
Atari(1975)
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PAC-MAN
Midway (1980)
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E.T.
The Extra-
Terrestrial
Atari (1982)
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TRON
Bally Midway (1982)
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PUNCH-OUT!!
Nintendo (1982)
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DUCK HUNT
Nintendo (1985)
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STREET
FIGHTER II
CAPCOM (1991)
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SUPER
MARIO
KART
NINTENDO (1992)
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DOOM
iD (1993)
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GoldenEye
007
NINTENDO (1997)
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NFL BLITZ
NINTENDO (1997)
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AGE OF
EMPIRES II
MICROSOFT (1999)
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WII
SPORTS
Nintendo (2006)
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GRAND THEFT
AUTO IV
ROCKSTAR (2008)
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What do they
have in common?
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KEY UX PATTERNS
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● Animation
● Color Usage
● Labels
● Consistent Placement
Maxx Crawford
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@woodenwarship
GOOD UX
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1. Intuitive
2. Immersive
3. Consistent
4. Delightful
GOOD UX
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What makes good UX
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