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The Helvetica vs. Arial fighting game

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 22, 2003

The Helvetica vs. Arial fighting game. For the …wait for it…. type of person that likes fonts *and* Street Fighter

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VaskaJul 23, 2003 at 11:01AM

this is really brillliant…and i snapped at a person just last week for swapping my 45 helvetica light with standard arial (how dare they?!)…and there’s no blood in this thing…just some nice typographic action…

plotJul 24, 2003 at 12:19AM

am i missing something or can you just jump really high and win everytime?

it should allow you to chain together letters for combos (at the cost of using up those letters if the combos fail). and some letters should have powers the rest don’t. the letter ‘e’ could have the power to create multiple copies of itself, with all except one being an illusion. the letter ‘z’ should be super slow but grow if you just let it sit there.

i should stop posting ideas before they get stolen.

mayJul 25, 2003 at 1:21PM

Personally, I like Futura, but that’s neither here nor there…zooming out, battles like this probably don’t give designers a whole lot of credibility with the 98% who can’t tell and don’t care that they can’t tell, firefighters and doctors and such…that’s kind of important for the larger battles no?

ScottishJul 26, 2003 at 12:42AM

Feh, Helvetica or Arial, I don’t care. They both suck. Give me Lucida Grande or Trebuchet MS for sans-serif any day of the week.

James StoneAug 01, 2003 at 11:45AM

’ firefighters and doctors and such…that’s kind of important for the larger battles no?’… but surely even firefighers and doctors have to appreciate the little nuances of their job?

MitchSep 25, 2003 at 5:28PM

I guess I’m one of the few people who actually prefers Arial (I hate Helvetica’s uppercase R and G as well as its lowercase boldface A) But I’d take Gill Sans or Futura over the two any day. People get worked up over Arial because of Microsoft not because of how it looks.

This thread is closed to new comments. Thanks to everyone who responded.