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There are many people who do not like video games and think that they do nothing for those that play them but rot their brains. Think again, video games actually can be educational and have benefits. If you don’t believe that, then you need to read this article to the end. If you are pursuing a career as a web designer, or you are thinking about one, video games can teach you a lot.

  • Video Games Are Realistic

    Video games have changed over the years. Years ago playing a video game may have consisted on controlling a small paddle and hitting a ball. Today, you actually feel as if you are part of the video game. When a person plays a video game, it is because he or she enjoys it. They like the action and the story line of the game. You may be surprised to realize that the video game industry is becoming more popular than the movie industry.

  • Do Gamers Have Patience?

    Have you ever played a video game and became frustrated while you waited for the game to load? Did it take a long time for the game to load? Today, video games have a variety of ways that they keep the user entertained while he or she is waiting for the load to complete. Possibly, you have noticed that music may play, or there may be a mini game that the users can play to occupy their time. So what does this have to do with wed design? On the Internet, the “loading and waiting time” usually happens because of Flash.

  • Tutorials Make Learning Quick and Easy

    Most video games today come with an instruction book that explains some of the most important information you need to know when it comes to playing the video game. The first level or phase of a video game typically is the “learning” phase because it allows the player/s to understand how to play the game. This goes hand-in-hand with websites. Think about it, if someone were to come to your website and he or she was confused as to what a certain thing was on your website or how to use a certain function, then the user may leave your web site.

  • Progressive Enhancement

    People who own a video game system that allows them to view games, etc. in high definition such as the Xbox 360 or the PlayStation 3 enjoy the vibrant colors and crisp picture. People no longer have to play video games that are black and neon green. As a web designer you can do the same thing with a web site once you learn CSS. Web designers also use RGBa values, which gives them the freedom to overlay graphics and control the color of the website hence making the appearance vibrant and crystal-clear.

  • It's More Than Just Graphics

    It's true that graphics play an important role but so does the functionality of the game and the experience that gamers experience. If a game has the most beautiful graphics, but it is completely boring to play, it will not end up being a huge success. Needless to say the same holds true for web sites. If a person creates one of the most beautiful web sites, but it is not user friendly, then chances are the web site will not get many returning visitors!

  • Simple Interface

    Last but definitely not least, it is important for any video game or web site to keep its interface simple. If a user or gamer becomes frustrated trying to figure out the website or the video game chances are the user or gamer will leave the web site or game and not come back to view it or play it again.

Guest Author
Jason PhillipsJason Phillips has posted this article. He is a regular guest contributor and editor at his own gaming site. He recently published an article for the site based on sonic games.

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