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A video game with text rendering issues

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Ars Technica had a story on a popular video game with text that was illegible on standard TVs. A lot of users had complained about the text not being readable on screen.

The moral of the story of these recent articles is that not all fonts are designed for on-screen viewing, either for websites or on TVs. Game designers need to take proper care when selecting fonts for their titles and not rely solely on their Photoshop mock-ups.

Many headline fonts have design attributes that are difficult to render on any screen - HD or otherwise - so care needs to be taken in selecting fonts for optimal legibility and visual impact.

Ascender Corp, works with a wide variety of game developers and user interface developers in licensing off-the-shelf fonts and creating custom fonts. Ascender can fine-tune fonts for optimal display in a wide variety of product scenarios.

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