What Web Designers Can Learn From Video Games

When you think about it both websites and video games are asking a user to navigate through a screen to achieve a goal. Of course, the goals and approaches are vastly different but Smashing Magazine shows how video games can influence website structure, menu design, cursors, and more.

Games are becoming more Web-like, and the Web is becoming more game-like. If you need proof of this, you have only to look at Yahoo Answers. Random questions are posed, the top answer is chosen, and credibility points are given to the winner. It’s a ranking system that accumulates and unlocks more and more features within the system. It works because of the psychology of achievement and game mechanics and thus encourages interaction. This raises the question, what can a Web designer learn from games, or — more specifically — video games?

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