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December 10, 2020 2:14 PM   Subscribe

The Game UI Database launched this week, joining Interface in Game and Videogame Interfaces in documenting the ever-growing complexity and variety of in-game user interfaces, from A Short Hike’s retro pixel aesthetics to Firewatch’s 3D real world maps and journals and Destiny 2’s “Flat 2.0” menus.
posted by adrianhon (10 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
This is great!
posted by brundlefly at 2:45 PM on December 10, 2020 [1 favorite]

Okay, I had to look up Flat 2.0. Apparently it means, "mostly flat, but occasionally not flat when it seems useful for conveying something.

They have the six options for style, "Comic/Graphic" "Crafts" "Flat" "Flat 2.0" "Pixel" and "Skeumorphic" the inclusion of Flat makes me wonder about the opposite. You know, the mobile game thing where everything looks like glistening hard candy, or are they just lumping that under Skeumorphic?
posted by RobotHero at 2:46 PM on December 10, 2020

RobotHero: Candy Crush is here. Skeuomorphic apparently.
posted by rhamphorhynchus at 3:31 PM on December 10, 2020

I guess, though skeuomorphic was originally an imitation of real-world buttons. I feel there's elements in that style that are distinct from that which may warrant its own style category by now.
posted by RobotHero at 4:06 PM on December 10, 2020 [2 favorites]

Huh ... woulda highlighted DeadSpace's 3D immersive UI, myself. Destiny 2's UI is nothing special or innovative at all (although I guess you added it as an example of classification ...).
posted by MacD at 6:06 PM on December 10, 2020

I feel like game UI needs its own style categories, like coloured glow, old paper, golden filligree and so on.
posted by RobotHero at 6:59 PM on December 10, 2020 [2 favorites]

It's definitely incomplete. They're presumably going to add more over time. No DeadSpace, no Fallout Pip Boy.
posted by RobotHero at 7:01 PM on December 10, 2020

Looks like the web site has been hugged to death.
posted by scolbath at 6:16 AM on December 11, 2020 [2 favorites]

Mark as best answer.
posted by one for the books at 7:57 AM on December 11, 2020 [3 favorites]

I was just looking at Westworld's tablet UI for inspiration so this is relevant to my interests...
posted by Heywood Mogroot III at 7:22 AM on December 12, 2020

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