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With the changes in technology, there come richer visual experiences for video games. Beginning with only a few colors in the first systems to millions of colors with our current ones, we have got a wide choice in the colors while making video games.

We’re at the end of one generation now. What impressive new ways to video games are coming next?

The fundamental function of color is to make it simpler to identify objects, and actually, the use of color in games reflect this. We make trees, green in games because they are also green in the real world, and so that it can be recognized easily in the game. But color has a lot more functions in games, as it does in design, art, and film.

  1. Emotion: Color is a compelling way to evoke emotion. Color grading is a traditional method used to adjust the colors of the video game in one sweep. The purpose behind it is to change the mood. Sometimes, a color change can also be useful to reduce emotional impact.
  2. Branding and Fashion: Color plays a vital role in the branding of games and making them immediately recognizable. In addition to making games appreciable, color can also help convey its expected audience. For instance, bright colors are used in casual games, while more nuanced colors are used in core games. The choice of colors in games is often determined by the fashion of the time.
  3. Visual Hierarchy: The components of a game scene form a natural hierarchy of interest. For instance, the player, accompanied by enemies, followed by interactive objects, followed by background factors. Color can help make this hierarchy visibly clear. In visual works, such as film and painting, this principle is used to control the viewer’s visual focus. In interactive works, this is even more critical, because it helps the player figure out where to go, what to do, what to pick up, who to attack. Saturation, value, and hue can all be used to identify important elements.
  4. Progression: Color gives the player a sense of improvement: a feeling of change of space or time.
  5. Identifiers: Color identifiers are also known as glyphs. They are used to separate and group various game elements, such as distincting players, in-game characters, and in-game areas. A color glyph should be accessible to label or commonly exclusive from other identifiers and neutral colors in the scene.
  6. Signifiers: Signifiers are used to describe properties of an element such as a section or item of terrain to the player. The color of an item or area reveals whether or not it can be associated with and how it can be used. The color is used to categorize various potion ingredients in many games depending on what they are made from.

Nowadays, video games are played on a range of different consoles and offer millions of colors. What attracts you the most in the video games? Let us know in the comments section!




16 thoughts on “Roles Of Colors in Video Games

  1. Connie says:

    I can’t imagine video games without colors. I am glad I live in a world where video games are full of colors. Colors give so much life to video games.

  2. vhel says:

    Yeah right, Color is a one way to attract and easily recognize in the real world and also in the world of games, easy to identify.

  3. Markus N says:

    I think colours are very important in video games. The more colours you have the more detail is able to be seen allowing for better video game graphics.

  4. Nate says:

    I get distracted with lost of flashing colors. Luckily I don’t get seizures, but others aren’t so lucky. Is there a way to enjoy games with muted colors?

  5. Eliza says:

    Assassin’s Creed and Resident Evil are two examples of games utilizing the color scheme. You don’t get lost despite the scope of the game and you feel the game as if you are really in it!

  6. Cervantes says:

    Colors in video game (along with the music) obviously help dictate the mood of the game, whether its dark or cheerful game. For example, can anyone here imagine playing Dark Soul or Resident Evil with bright and colorful background accompanied by jolly music found in games such as super mario world ? Bet it would ruin the mood of the game :p

  7. gouldfish44 says:

    Play ‘The Witness’. The use of colour is extraordinary, and is often used in the solving of the puzzles at hand. Stark, bright, contrasting colours really draw me into its world. On a side note, and only in my opinion, and whilst on the subject of colours, I would have chosen a different colour for your heading lol.

  8. julie says:

    what attracts me to certain games are because of the colors used. it catches my attention and then i see whether i like the type of game. I don’t stick to many games to often since i want to try many different games when i have the time.

  9. joshua says:

    i notice that many kids who play video games are attracted more of the colors than the type of game itself. especially kids ages 7 below, they are attracted to colors, that’s why most of the kids i know in that age level have games with colorful backdrops and characters.

  10. Very compelling read. I know games like Mario Kart and Legend of Zelda make good use of color. I think time of day really affects the game’s mood and color fixations.

  11. Rebi says:

    It really depends how you will capture the eyes of the gamers in every variety of colors that game developers are putting in the game. And it is really true that colors play a vital role in every game.

  12. Maripaz says:

    Hey guys have you been keeping up with the latest at CES? I guess the new screens there wouldn’t have a problem with distinguishing color, isn’t it? LOL! Our game developers will have to keep up by making games with vivid and rich colors.

  13. Oswaldo says:

    All items on point! Especially #1 color sets the mood or the feeling of the game. You can’t have black and dark brown combo if you want to convey a vibrant segment of a game! Great article guys!

  14. Mau says:

    I haven’t thought much about this before but you’re right, colors do play a role in giving people a good playing experience. I’m pretty sure that even if a game is really good but it’s not aesthetically pleasing, then people wouldn’t be too enthusiastic to play it.

  15. Sunny says:

    I think colors play a big role in video games. Without eye-popping colors, video games looks so dreary and lifeless.

  16. Interesting article. Color is a valuable tool in evoking a reaction out of the viewers. I think it’s important to have a good balance of colors to create a surreal experience for the viewer.

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