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Do Games Know The Secret Of UI? 256

A reader writes "There is a nice interview at the BBC talking about how computer games are the ones pushing the envelope. Particularly interesting is it doesn't just deal with the tech aspects, but goes into the user interface aspect as well." Having conversed with her on a number of occasions, I can attest to JC being smart. Good interview.
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Do Games Know The Secret Of UI?

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  • by ObligatoryUserName ( 126027 ) on Friday August 31, 2001 @02:25PM (#2240104) Journal
    Hemos knows Jesus? Maybe he can let us know which distribution The Lord uses, and if he prefers vi or emacs - then we can decide for ourselves if he's smart or not.
  • by Brownstar ( 139242 ) on Friday August 31, 2001 @02:33PM (#2240146)
    What a game would do is immediately give you those three features and then as you progressed and became a more powerful character it would give you more features

    Mr. Clippy: I'm sorry, you're not experienced enough to change text colors yet. Try underlining it for now!
  • by The Slashdolt ( 518657 ) on Friday August 31, 2001 @02:48PM (#2240231) Homepage
    Hemos, Don't worry, games don't know the secret of U and I. And I will keep my promise not to say anything. So don't worry my little soldier boy :-).


  • by Remote ( 140616 ) on Friday August 31, 2001 @02:59PM (#2240302) Homepage

    I suggest that from now on, instead of linking to the bbc URL you guys use the IP address, which always works.

    You aren't the guy who wrote Code Red I, are you? Keep in mind ./ stories are archived, so if an IP changes after some time, boom, the link is dead.

    Now, the DNS thing: sometimes adding a "www" after the "http://" does the trick for me (not with BBC but with a few other sites). I think this is easier than figuring out and typing an IP.

  • by SuiteSisterMary ( 123932 ) <slebrun AT gmail DOT com> on Friday August 31, 2001 @03:03PM (#2240330) Journal
    When will I be able to import my Baldur's Gate character into Word?
    Mr Clippy: I'm sorry, you're not experienced enough to change text colors yet. Try underlining it for now!

    Etheria the Wizard: Fool! You do not understand the powers with which you are meddling! Do you not realize the consequences of unleashing such colours upon your document?!

  • by janap ( 451953 ) on Friday August 31, 2001 @03:21PM (#2240417)
    No no no, he refers to the God the machine. The Deus Ex... ah, you'll figure it out.
  • by j7953 ( 457666 ) on Friday August 31, 2001 @04:43PM (#2240876)
    I beleive the same principle is involved with a game's UI, after all the whole point of a game is that you aren't doing something normal like using a spreadsheet, your running around a castle shooting hell knights. It shouldn't look anything like using a spreadsheet.

    Yes, but a search and replace feature would be useful sometimes.

  • by kgrgreer ( 448416 ) on Friday August 31, 2001 @04:58PM (#2240944)
    The PalmPilot also makes good use of whole-screen applications.
  • by tMav ( 444855 ) on Friday August 31, 2001 @06:07PM (#2241209)
    I don't know which is more disturbing: the fact that this made news somewhere or the fact that it showed up here. This is really simple shit, don't you think? Most of my friends don't even have to be stoned to run on with such theories.

    But more to the point, let me ask how often most of you recall seeing an interview with a dignitary of the male persuasion where, say, two-thirds of the way through, the interviewer asks, "How about you, Rick? What are you 'up to' at the moment?" *wink-wink*

    Doesn't this get on your fucking nerves? No, not that hot chicks' opinions are relevant, but rather that at first glance we're likely to agree! Don't agree with her? Hell, chances are she's probably not your type. If she's your type, she could be telling you how much better off we'd be with Leiberman as a VP and you'd fucking agree in a heartbeat.

    Then, what do I know. I'm here late in the day on a Friday when I should be at happy hour looking for organic material to attempt gene mutations with. All I'm saying is, you could be half as smart and twice as rich if you were a hot chick. Call me misogynistic, stoned or whatever.

Loose bits sink chips.