Check out this database in the game UI

Well, I admit that it may be a big game. That’s how I wrote this to make a living here, but I find the game’s user interface very interesting. The smallest adjustments can distinguish between the amazing and the terrible, and the keyboard and gamepad design is a bigger gap than most people understand. I’m at least one of two people in the world who feels this way. I’m happy to find it because I’ve put together an entire searchable database for one developer to use as a reference for other UI artists and designers. It’s so pretty, I promise!

Double Eleven’s senior UI artist Edd Coates has put together a Game UI Database website where you can search for images of different menus and interfaces for all kinds of games. The database was up earlier this month but was temporarily destroyed by heavy traffic. Apparently, we are not the only ones interested in these things. Please try to imagine! You can now browse freely.

So far, the database contains over 12,000 screenshots from 339 games. You can search for a specific game or specifically look for screenshots of the pause menu. You can also filter by specific visual design elements, such as menus that look like wood or paper. Here is an example of a radial menu.

This is a very good project and worth it. Cataloging the look and behavior of your game is a valuable resource for future development. It reminds me of a museum of picking from a few months ago. This database is just an image, not a gif or a recreated interaction, but having a visual design reference is a great idea.

Coates is also currently accepting screenshots posted to the database. This is an issue that I may have to help. I have so much sentiment about MMO user interface design and it looks like the database doesn’t yet have some references I’ve played.

Then take a look and maybe yell out in the comments about one of your favorite gaming interfaces.

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This database of game menus is very cool, actually

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