So a friend of mine has this bright idea that we should ignore all rpg conventions and practices refined in decades of the genre/media's history. How do you ask? By ignoring basic reading habits. As you all might know, instinctively or intentionally. All rpgs and visual novels have the default text scroll animation where everything is left aligned and the scrolling effect (letters appearing letter by letter) is moving rightwards. This means the reader focuses on the first letter on the left and its really easy to focus on it because it is stationary. And by the time you get to the right side, the text has already "rendered", ready for you to read. This effect is essentially a technique used to pace the game. Another popular technique is the centered fade in, used usually in movie trailers as well as various rpgs to demonstrate a grand narrator overseeing the whole event of the game's story. We all know this to be all true and tested practices in rpgs. And I'm sure you tell off many newbies from trying to be fancy for no good reason. Well my colleague is arguing that he can read the text just fine in this following format. Centered and double sided scrolling, as text expands outwards from both the left and the right. Just imagine this sentence appearing as THIS as the first letter and expanded to end with this word. Or the end letters appearing first and then being expanded outswards as letters fill in inbetween them. Can you read that text thats moving? This is pretty common sense to me to be very jarring. Now I ask you to vote whether it is also jarring. I would also like clarification on the reason why text scrolling has pretty much remained unchanged in the last 40ish decades of video game development. I want some clarification from you fellow gamers and creators that the reason why this has always been the case is precisely the reason I said it was. That being people read left to right. And people focus better on letters that don't move! frankly I'm pretty insulted I even have to ask clarification on something so common sense. Be on the look out for more threads like this.