Every now and again, I open up my Tumblr account’s “Ask Me” feature, to get blog fodder from folks on the Internet. Last week, I got a gaming question that I thought we should talk about here. The question in question:
When you play games online, the physicality of them changes: for example, you click a button rather than rolling dice. Do you think this automatically makes them less fun?
As written, this question is a little loaded. Do I think the lack of actual, tangible dice automatically makes a game less fun? Automatically? No, I don’t.
I think a good user interface makes the process of button-clicking satisfying. A good UI is a pleasure to interact with, full of hearty clicks and feedback, auditory or visual, that’s almost tangible. A nice, solid UI makes play easier and richer, which can certainly measure up to just as much fun, and can sometimes be more fun.