Leveling Up: Video Game Development by Language
This motion/interactive graphic explores the history of video game development by looking at the success of hit games and the programming languages used to create them.
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Visual Communication - 40%
Design - 55%
Content/Script - 65%
Usability - 70%
This interactive piece presents video game programming languages as well as popular games said languages are known for. The overall structure and approach are clear and effective for the user, making this piece an effective way of aligning games with languages and communicating that to the reader. Each section features a background from the video games referenced in the copy, which is helpful for unfamiliar readers. However, the motion of the backgrounds might make it hard for readers to fully digest the content, especially since there aren't visuals accompanying the copy points. The copy itself is clean and error-free. While the introductory pieces are a bit lengthy for this kind of piece, all of the information is on target. However, some of the "bonus points" focus more on games rather than languages, which shifts the reader focus. There's a lot of great information captured here, but this piece could benefit from some additional focus in both the visuals and the copy to maximize reader impact. We'd give this an F.