White On Black, Point Ten, With Flames, Robots and A BFG

Why do gaming sites feel the need to have white text on a black background? Don’t you have any sympathy for my eyes? It’s bad enough when I have to turn up the font size (shut up) but seriously, white-on-black is impossible to read! My first Geocities page had turquoise text on a lavender background (shut up), and I think I had some kind of creative font that looks like script, too, but I was a fifteen-year-old, not a major developer! I hate going to company sites and having to view the page with no formatting so I can actually read it.

I wonder if this is the game equivalent of if the music’s too loud, you’re too old.

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0 Responses to White On Black, Point Ten, With Flames, Robots and A BFG

  1. threegee says:

    Clearly, you do not stare at a computer screen long enough. The more tired I am, the more I have to turn the brightness/contrast down to keep bright white webpages from blinding me. Yes, Virginia, gamers spend a lot of time looking at the computer screen.

  2. Meg says:

    I know that other people (read: the target audience) have different aesthetics but actually EASIER to read? I just squint and squint at white-on-black.

  3. Andrea says:

    Amber-on-Black is my preferred, probably because that’s what I stare at for 9 hours a day at work. 🙂 Green-on-Black or Blue-on-Black aren’t bad either.

  4. Meg says:

    I can do a little green-on-black, as long it’s that bright oldschool green, from back when monitors were either orange-on-black or green-on-black. But not for long, then I start squinting and feeling really really old.

    PS I’m going to be in NJ next month to help my dad w/ church camp! See you soon!

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