I'll forgive pixel fonts in old games (when something ran at 320x200 or 320x240, there's not much room for anything better). However, these days it doesn't seem to add much. It's a shame that more games don't give you font options when playing them.
Especially when there's enough fonts that can either be permissively or are under open license to make you or your grandma hurt.
[url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Open-source_typefaces]I mean, just a sampling from Wikipedia[/url], fails to provision the mass variety.
What I'm saying is that there's really no excuse for a bad typeface in a game. When you can just pick up a typeface as you please.
I love these fonts, even though it is pure nostalgia. I learned a lot of English reading these!
Sure. They'll get you to slow down and parse them. But as a speed reader, I consider them quite dire.
I'm pretty sure I have the FLOSS equivilants of these installed somewhere.
Absolutely. In the days yonder past, most would put effort into making sure their font looked good in the resolution they were working with (Mario 3's font was great, neverminding "oid self" ). Modern pixel fonts are a different beast. Loop Hero
is a game I think I'd enjoy except it's eye-burningly ugly and brain-burstingly hard to read.
Good news. Loop Hero is aware of this, and actually offers three typefaces to pick from.
I can deal with wacky fonts.
What I dislike are tiny fonts that are hard to read for their size. While the GOG forum font is a perfect example of what I'm referring to, I'm specifically talking about when tiny fonts show up in games with no settings option to make it larger. Also I'm playing on a laptop and while the display screen is on the larger side for a laptop, it's nowhere near as big as those large monitors that are only going to make tiny fonts look even more tiny.
What I dislike even more are tiny fonts that remain tiny no matter what size or scaling your attempt to invoke on them.
But I've also forgotten what font GOG even uses, since I'm using Firefox to "suggest" to all websites that they use -quickly checks-
Liberation Sans, currently. At 16 pts.
Pixel fonts are alright if they're readable. Unfortunately that's really rare. I can hardly tell the difference between "o" and "c" in some games.
Personal favorite? Roboto. (SUPERHOT)
Roboto is great since it's permissively licensed, and has a great look overall. The o/c/a/g problem is something I'm surprised is still a problem in say, typefaces made in the digital age.