Game Boy Library
The goal of this React website application is to create a unique way how users can browse between the old Nintendo Game Boy games. User experience, more precisely creating a seamless experience of looking at Game Boy games in their own environment is key of this project. This is a one screen application in an early stage of development. Password is required to be able to enter the site.
Users will be able to search in game titles and information. Clicking on a link in the game information card would bring up a search. For this behavior a ‘back to previous search’ function will also be part of the app. Category specific search will be also added (ex.: “Developer: Game Freak”). The search bar has a role of calling for attention by highlighting the amount of games on the site.
When user registration will be available on the site, they can add the games to two different lists.
Users will be able to attach a song (preferably originally from the game) to the game from Spotify, Soundcloud or other service. With using the side wheel users can increase or decrease the volume. Depends on speed, music may won’t be loaded until the wheel is used to save data.
The screen size of the Game Boy may not be big enough. This would mean the size of the Game Boy has to be increased when a cartridge is entered. Resizing can cut part of the Game Boy out of the window screen which would jeopardise the original idea for manual screen control.
The first idea for manually switching between the shown images was that the visitors will use the control buttons of the Game Boy which would have an indicator over it. If the screen size is increased, the control buttons may be moved too close to the edge of the window. On certain resolutions it is already a problem. A different idea has to be applied here.
There is a plan of redesigning the game information card in the future. While most of application has space and images, this card feels very tight because of the text.
When an image will be uploaded, the system will apply the green screen layer over it. Since the uploaded images can be very different, the user would have some options to change contrast and other settings before finalizing the image file.
Call to Action
At the end of the results of a search, there would be a call to action button which invites the user to contribute in the site.
A different logo will be designed to avoid any kind of copyright issues.
Other future ideas
There are several questions and issues which has to be addressed to further develop this project: multilingual, games released only in Japanese, Game Boy skins, games that are re-released for Game Boy with updated content, showing if a re-release or remake of a game can be purchased from any official store, compatible Game Boy Color games, more information (artwork) in game information card, site opening animation at first visit.