How much does a UI really matter to you? I’m asking myself this more and more lately. Today I saw WildStar revealed a new UI. It’s sooooo much better now. The previous pyramid look was hideous and blocked half the screen; while an exaggeration, that’s how it felt which is all that matters.
I’m not as picky as some. I like being able to move things and customize things. When a UI works against me I start to get frustrated. I think something every player will stare at 100% of the time they play should at least look nice and function in a way that improves the user-experience.
Burying or hiding information is one of my pet peeves. Opening multiple windows to find something is a no-no in my book. Over-complicating is another annoying but very common UI mistake. I don’t need 5 things that could all be combined into one easy-to-understand element. The HUD should be intuitive. I should never have to ‘figure it out.’
UIs in general should never, ever, impact performance. The WoW UI has always been notorious for hindering performance, especially when you introduce mods. I won’t go into mods here. You know how I feel about those. I will say that I strongly believe a stock UI should provide every possible functionality, and a mod should only alter appearance.
Long story short, the UI matters a ton for me and I can absolutely be turned off of a game by the UI. I don’t want more than I need, and I don’t want the UI to be designed with an awesome user-experience in mind.