How to Avoid Too Much Cognitive Load For Players (Acagamic Tip Tuesday #7)

the acagamic tip tuesday Mar 29, 2022
An image of Fortnite that shows how the different UI elements are clustered together to minimize cognitive load for players.

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Game UX Tip of the week

Avoid putting too much cognitive load on the player when engaging in game actions. People are bad at multitasking.

If you want present complex information to players it is usually best done during a break or pause in the game or after a match. If you are not building a game with real-time actions (like turn-based strategy), you can choose to present more information to players because they have more time to process it before deciding on a move.

Fortnite’s building UI is a Masterclass in presenting relevant information accessibly.
The scoreboard in League of Legends: Wild Rift has lots of information after the game
Gears Tactics presents tactical information on the UI to inform player strategy.

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Assessing Players’ Cognitive Load in Digital Games with a Time-Based Resource Sharing Memory Model | SSRN

Measuring Cognitive Load Using In-Game Metrics of a Serious Simulation Game | Frontiers in Psychology

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