Designing a clear method of communication between the game and the user, whether hardware or software.

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Why is forward=down mouse orientation commonly called “inverted”?

If you look at 3D games that allow you to control the camera using the mouse--most notably first-person and third-person shooter style games--you'll usually find two specific details: By default, ...
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UI of a city-building game

I'm completely new to gamedev and want to learn how to design good UI for a city-building game (like SimCity). What books and other materials can I read in order to learn it?
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Is “forcing the user” to accept the terms an acceptable design in a smartphone/iPhone game?

I am about to release my first iPhone game, has been a long project and I involved several people. My lawyer strongly recommended me to add a "terms and conditions" page at the beginning of the app ...
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Who makes the art assets for mobile games?

I know how to develop apps for Android but never tried developing games, and I want to start soon. For developing games we need sounds and high quality images (say a background, characters, logos, etc....
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Given a RGB color x, how to find the most contrasting color y? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Making a symbol appear on any colour I have to mark a certain item in a way that will make it stick-out in the background. I need it to be surrounded with the color that ...
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What is “streamlined” user interface?

I have come across this term "streamlined" user interface, and I wonder how is it different from other user interface type? What is the different between "streamlined" and "non-streamlined" user ...
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Score vs. Kills in a casual game

I am making a simple phone game and having a conceptual argument with my partner. The argument might end up being inconsequential, but I would like to hear some opinions from actual devs who are ...
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Good Video Game User Interface Design Books/Websites? [closed]

I having been programming games for some time, but while my teachers say that my code is good and advanced, my friends say that the interface is hard to understand and not the easiest to navigate. I ...
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An evaluation of game UI, based on certain usability criteria?

Is there a resource online which has made the effort to evaluate game user interfaces and estimate their usability (by genre)? (something like what Nielsen does). In-game reviews in magazines ...
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UX guidance for mobile games

I m in need of some UX guidance if there is any for a game in mobile. for example for pausing the game (assume I m not using iOS) say you want to pause the game and you dont want to loose part of ...
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Interfaces 101: Making it Pretty

I've made a few games which I've actually released into the wild. There's one particular issue I run into over and over, and that's the issue of the interface/theme of the game. How can you make non-...
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How does one accurately design a UI?

I'm currently wishing to draw up my UI for a 2d game, however I'm not so sure what the normal strategy is for creating the images for a UI. Are there any programmes which are specifically accurate for ...
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Graphical Interface Design

I have the following problem: Although I know some of color theory, and the interface design ideals (about how it must be usable, and etc...), my interfaces are REALLY ugly. fugly, eye bleed material, ...
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Ergonomics studies on choosing keys on a keyboard?

I have the following problem: My game supports multiple powers, that you can use when you want, or even mix them, I currently assigned them to the numbers on the top of the keyboard. After so much ...
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UI design examples? [closed]

I am not asking the theory of UI design, or how to do one, I am asking for examples and resources, like... How to draw this fiddly stuff, or how to code another circular thing, or a gallery of game ...