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Console games come in the form of CDs and DVDs that can be inserted directly into the console device. Nowadays, players can also download games directly to the console through the Internet. However, to play a specific console game, players need to have the respective console device for which the game was designed. One commonly used console device is Xbox 360 (see Figure 1-10). Xbox 360 is Microsoft’s video game console. It has built-in hard disk drives to store games and content downloaded from Xbox Live, an online gaming service from Microsoft.
Let them choose the window size. The list of things that you can let the player customize is endless; the essence is to let the players be happy and comfortable. You must develop a prototype of the UI and carefully evaluate the individual elements of the UI for its intended effect on players. AUDIO THEME Can you imagine a scary movie or game with the sound turned down? It simply does not have the intended effect. For a game to have audio that engages the player, you must work with the sound designer.
The UI elements in a game include: • Menus • UI components (for example, different character avatars) • Text • Icons • Layout • Color A well-designed UI makes the game easier to play. The player can easily assess the situation and respond accordingly. A poorly designed UI makes it harder for the player to identify what needs to be done or what resources are available, making it frustrating for the player and ruining a good game. The UI of the game Halo is an example of a well-designed UI (see Figure 1-15).