"The Bar Game " :
- Game has no name. Sites should use memorable names so that
users know where they are.
- None of the screens have titles. It is important to have
titles so that users will know what is in the window when
they see it minimized.
- There are no instructions. The user does not know the object
of the game. Users will not stay interested in a site if
they have no motivation for continuing to explore it.
- The user is boxed into a role he or she may not want to
play. In the absence of instructions, users assume that they
are to answer truthfully as themselves, and in this game
they are forced to do things of which they may disapprove.
- The premise of the game may be offensive to some users.
It is important not to turn off a segment of your potential
audience. The goal of your web site is to attract and engage
as many visitors as possible.
- While this game appears to follow the minimalist recommendations
of usability experts, it does so at the expense of artistic
invention that might improve the user experience. As with
any set of guidelines, it is important to know when to bend
or break the rules.