AMBIENT INCLUSION FORUM POST – ICONS

In a rather small, pointless and kinda ugly corner of the internet, there exists a breed of people who get angry over game icons.

If they smell that a Switch icon has been released in the wild, and that this icon lacks the name of the game on it… then they will step forth from their small and pointless corner and make as much noise as their feeble bodies can possibly make in hopes that someone will listen to them! I wish this was satire, but it’s truth.

In honour of these people, I wrote this forum post/thread for them, which was from a cancelled project.

How Snakes and Ladders new icon ruined my enjoyment of the game

User – Iconnoisseur (Dinosaur with a top hat and monocle icon)

So I must confess. This is going to be a rare thread for me, but I cannot keep this to myself anymore. The game Snakes and Ladders has a new game icon… and it is TERRIBLE. I’ve never been this offended in my life! How dare they inflict this badly designed monstrosity upon the world!? Has anyone actually seen it?! 

I can’t be the only one to despise it’s raw existence can I?! Look at the classy Super Maria logo.

(Super Maria Icon)

It’s a masterclass of icon design. It has a superb image that conveys the game perfectly and then, most crucially, the text to show you what game it is. This is the key. THE TITLE OF THE GAME! Now look at this.

(Snakes and Ladders new icon)

Snakes and Ladders with its new updated icon took away this simple and humble privilege of knowing the name of the game. How else am I supposed to know what game I’m playing!? It looks cheap and tacky and like a dumb mobile game for casuals. My home menu used to be a marvellous art gallery of amazing artwork and now it looks like a cave painting made by a 3 year old. It’s ruined.

I used to love playing Snakes and Ladders—the David Smart soundtrack will always be a personal favourite of mine—but I just cannot physically play it anymore. I refuse. Absolutely refuse. I hope the devs of the game see this and know that they need to change it back or they’ve lost a future customer on all their products.

Edit – added images

User – FREAKSMASH

brb using imagination (no images)

User – AcidGhost12

Oh MY GOD! Loaded up my console… How have I not noticed that before!? That icon is terrrrible!!

User – TrthDggr

Talk about #firstworldproblems

User – MunDANE

Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I’m going to message them on social media and DEMAND they change it.

User – Eggmansbeard

Wholeheartedly agree with you Icono. It’s like they went out of their way to ruin our homescreens!

User – TamsYellowToilet

LOL I can’t really see how this is a bigissue? Like its not in the game, just an icon before you even play it…

User – SnotSquid40

OP maybe you should’ve posted images so we can compare?

User – ManBeach

Here’s the original and new icon: (Snakes and Ladders old and new icon)

User – Iconnoisseur

I was so angry that I forgot to add any images. I’ll go and edit it now.

User – Massage-God

Why did they change it!? The old icon was AMAZING!

User – Uninteligentlemen 

Is that why they put the game on sale? To soften the blow of the bad icon? Terrible devs.

User – ScienceOfficerFlock

I was going to buy the game but… I kinda don’t want to now. Icono you just unsold me on it…

User – LunaTIX

Are people being serious or what!? IT’S A GAME ICON! It’s not the end of the world. You guys are super entitled… 

User – Volodarskii23

What annoys me about this is that these devs have worked their butts off and this is the thanks they get? All that blood, sweat and tears wasted. I thought people cared about gameplay on here… but it seems an icon is more important…

User – Iconnoisseur

LunaTIX said :

Are people being serious or what!? IT’S A GAME ICON! It’s not the end of the world. You guys are super entitled… 

It’s more than an icon, it’s a window into the game. A bad icon reflects a bad game. A bad icon makes me not want to play it. has to be pleasing to the player and conform with other icons and only then wil other player want to play the game. Is that so hard to understand? Bad icon = Bad game

User – MaybeFearTheBoil

LunaTIX said :

Are people being serious or what!? IT’S A GAME ICON! It’s not the end of the world. You guys are super entitled…

Yeah but it looks like a mobile game. We can’t have this mobile trash infect our games.

User – SpitShineSanta

LunaTIX said :

Are people being serious or what!? IT’S A GAME ICON! It’s not the end of the world. You guys are super entitled…

Well it kinda is the end of the world…

User – ANIMOS

SpitShineSanta said:

Well it kinda is the end of the world…

Don’t bring that crap in here!

User – Cremenz

SpitShineSanta said:

Well it kinda is the end of the world…

Oh for the love of god. I can’t believe people actually believe that trash.

This place has turned into a garbage heap

User – OldManBobble3

Iconnoisseur said:

It’s more than an icon, it’s a window into the game. A bad icon reflects a bad game. A bad icon makes me not want to play it. A good icon has to be pleasing to the player and only then wil other player want to play the game. Is that so hard to understand?

But you own the game! It’s not like you have to decide on buying the game from it’s icon! WTF

User – Iconnoisseur

OldManBobble3 said:

But you own the game! It’s not like you have to decide on buying the game from it’s icon! WTF

Why don’t you people understand!? A bad icon disrupts the entire library of games! ITS BAD DESIGN! It reduces the users comfort when browsing there library of games! It goes against the principle of good design! Trust me, I’m an expert.

User – PopIdiot99

I think both the old and new icons are bad…

User – CurryStainz

IMO this is so dumb. What’s wrong with you people. 

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