16. July 2007 12:52
Open Bracket has a great article on the future of web gaming. The article mentions that game play should be the core of any PBBG game design rather than the UI. While game play and player interactivity should be the core focus the user interface and overall look and feel of your site is equally important. How a game looks and how easy it is to navigate lends a lot when it comes to player perception. If your site and game look professional it will be perceived as professional. If the game is easy to navigate and understand it will be perceived as professional, that is just the way of it. Another thing to consider is profitability. If you wish to make a profit on your games then you will need to design with marketing and profitability in mind which there again you will need a professional, user friendly site.
In short, while game play is core, usability and a professional feel are equally important in the business of web games.