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Youri Souiah is a Web designer, blogger, import magazine addict, Junko Mizuno fan and hardcore gamer turned casual. Other than blogging on his weblog , he also runs Tutorials we heart — the site that collects the best tutorials from all over the Web.
Game websites are a little bit of a mystery. You won’t find them in the popular CSS-showcases since they are seldom fully CSS-based; however, they also rarely show up in sites that collect best Flash sites. The FWA, for example, has added only a few game sites this year. This is odd, because there are usually roughly hundred quality titles released each month, each with their own website.
During the research I've found out that there are a lot of creative game designs. This makes it extra strange that amongst all the showcases and studies we see on blogs and in magazines there is rarely one focused on game industry. High time we take a depth look into this area of web-design.
This article is the first of a two-part-series where Smashing Magazine takes a critical look at web design in the video game industry. The first part is an in-depth review of the game-related sites out there. What design elements keep returning? What factors influence these design elements? Are the sites mainly CSS- or Flash-based? The article ends with a showcase of some beautiful examples of game site designs.