The video game UI design fail that's driving players wild

Nintendo Switch Joy Cons
Could you find the 'X' without looking? (Image credit: Nintendo)

Video game design is a complex art. Not only does it require creativity, but designers must also navigate the demands and limitations of hardware. But a new Twitter thread has highlighted a common UI design flaw that's all too familiar to gamers – regardless of what console they're using.

Games will often direct players to press a specific button by flashing its symbol on the screen, without also showing its position on the controller. And if your controller's layout isn't imprinted on your brain, you might end up pressing the wrong thing – and suffering an untimely virtual death. (Check out our UI design guide if you're looking for tips.) 

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.