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A study in GUI aesthetics for modern pixel art games.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Computing.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesisAlternative title
En undersökning om GUI-estetik för moderna pixelgrafikspel. (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The clarity and usability of the graphical user interface is very important for the enjoyment of a digital game. Pixel art is an art style with low resolution consisting of a precise placing of pixels, the smallest unit of colour that a screen can display. Pixel art has the potential of being cheap, easy to make and nostalgic, but it takes some skill to handle. However the great weakness of pixel art is displaying letters, and small details with clarity. So is there a place for pixel art in modern games? This thesis will discuss how pixel art games could use their GUI and HUDs to create beautiful games without losing clarity. The aim of this study is to is to compare different games GUI in a systematic way and discuss whether the artists have succeeded in their design of the GUI to give the player a pleasant game experience. A second aim is to find a series of recommendations on how to build a GUI with the least possible intrusion on on a narrative driven game. The main question is how can the GUI be designed and drawn to fit a modern pixel art game without causing a distracting discord to the pixel art style?

Abstract [sv]

Tydlighet och användarvänlighet, i det grafiska användargränssnittet är en mycket viktig del för att göra ett digitalt spel omtyckt. Pixelgrafik är en grafisk stil i låg upplösning som består av en genomtänkt placering av pixlar, de minsta representationen av färg som en skärm kan visa. Pixelgrafik har potentialet att vara billigt, lätt att skapa och nostalgiskt, men den kräver teknik att använda. Den här uppsatsen diskuterar hur pixelgrafik kan använda sitt användargränssnitt och ”Heads up display” för att skapa vackra spel utan att förlora tydlighet.

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2013. , 63 p.
Keyword [en]
Pixel, Art, Games, Indie, GUI, Interface
National Category
Human Computer Interaction Pedagogy
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-5423Local ID: diva2:832803
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2013-09-06 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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