Please post as answers below, your logo proposals for this site.


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    this should be CW i think – Kip Jul 14 '10 at 19:13
  • Why? On this Meta, nobody gets points for stuff anyway. – Nathan Osman Jul 14 '10 at 20:19
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    CW makes it easier to access for editing, which can be very useful for a utility question like this. It also keeps the format identical with the rest of the Site Attributes (which would be nice to add as a link in your question body). – Grace Note Jul 14 '10 at 20:28
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    Can you really choose a logo before picking one name and sticking with it? – badp Jul 14 '10 at 22:10
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    @badp - possibly, some logos are universal while others do refer to the name. – ChrisF Jul 15 '10 at 11:00
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    @George Edison: When asking users to contribute to a list of answers, the question should be marked community wiki. It has little to do with "getting points." – Robert Cartaino Jul 23 '10 at 2:10

Here's a version of the other with a longer left leg (as suggested by EricSchaefer) and one with the longer left leg and a thicker paddle (as suggested by DavRob60):



I have an idea for the text that I want to try, but I have to find a font for it first. Let me know what you think about these (whether you like the longer leg or the thicker paddle) and I'll see what I can do about finding a font for my other idea.

  • I really like it! – DavRob60 Jul 27 '10 at 12:28
  • Do you have a preference for the thinner paddle or the thicker paddle? – Michael Herold Jul 27 '10 at 14:41
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    I prefer the thicker paddle. – DavRob60 Jul 27 '10 at 18:49
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    Looks really good (thicker paddle)! – EricSchaefer Jul 28 '10 at 13:46
  • +1 for this one. – An̲̳̳drew Jul 29 '10 at 16:19
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    Upvote @DavRob60 thicker paddle comment (in addition to this answer) if you really like the thicker paddle version. – alexanderpas Aug 22 '10 at 19:12
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    (I prefer the small paddle version.) – alexanderpas Aug 22 '10 at 19:18
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    Another one for the small paddle. (Upvote @alexanderpas if you prefer that) – Macha Aug 23 '10 at 13:35

First, I really like the Stack Overflow logo. it's small, it's square...

So I thought of something inspired of pong, but my graphical talent are somewhat limited.

The "paddle" should then be in the bottom and a ball "bounce" like the stack element of the Stack Overflow logo. We could also add a trail to the ball.

Update : I made a quick concept image. It's not vectorial, the color are is not exactly what I want and the alignment of the balls is off. So it should be redone by someone with real graphical skill. But the idea is there. The balls trail may also be replaced with a curved doted line...


and here Michael Herold concept.

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    I like the concept, but the image looks like a checkmark – juan Jul 23 '10 at 20:40
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    I modified your concept a little bit. Since the original Pong did straight reflection of the shot, I did away with the curve in the line. Also, I went with a square as the "ball", since that's what the original Pong had. I made it look like SO logo, just for fun and to see what it might look like. It's hosted here on ImageShack. – Michael Herold Jul 23 '10 at 21:18
  • thanks, I edited it to include your concept. – DavRob60 Jul 23 '10 at 21:52
  • @Juan Manuel, I agree. – DavRob60 Jul 23 '10 at 22:04
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    You should turn it -90 degrees so that it actually looks like Pong, I never played Pong vertically... – Ivo Flipse Jul 23 '10 at 22:22
  • @Ivo Flipse: true, but I turn it +90 in the first concept so it is more alike StackOverflow's logo. It have the advantage that it also recall the brick breaker style games. – DavRob60 Jul 23 '10 at 22:36
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    I like @Michael's! – juan Jul 24 '10 at 0:56
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    Upvote the previous comment (in addition to this answer) if you really like @Michael's version. – alexanderpas Jul 24 '10 at 23:47
  • and don't rotate it anymore, this way it is both applicable for pong (when viewed from cocktail cabinet position.) and arkanoid / breakout. – alexanderpas Jul 25 '10 at 0:01
  • I like the idea, but it looks like an arrow. Maybe if the left leg would be a little longer? – EricSchaefer Jul 26 '10 at 4:56
  • @EricShaefer - I'll try that this afternoon. Thanks for the idea! – Michael Herold Jul 26 '10 at 13:12
  • @EricSchaefer - I fear it will look like a checkmark then (see Juan Manuel's first comment) – DavRob60 Jul 26 '10 at 13:27
  • @DavRob60 left leg, not right – EricSchaefer Jul 26 '10 at 18:38
  • @EricSchaefer - Then it will look like a checkmark when viewed from a mirror ;-P... Seriously, I think it's a good idea. that way the hit point could be a bit offset from the middle of the paddle. – DavRob60 Jul 26 '10 at 19:23
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    I also suggest to make that paddle thicker. – DavRob60 Jul 26 '10 at 19:24

I was thinking of doing something along the lines of an alien from Space Invaders, but then realized that is the Video Games Live logo.

What other old games are there that have a well-known trope?

Edit: As per DavRob60's comment, here's a mockup of a logo with the Space Invaders ship. I thought I'd add it to this answer, but if we want this answer to be a discussion for my question, I can post it in another answer.

Space Invaders mockup of gaming.se

  • Instead of the alien, we may use the user controlled a laser cannon? – DavRob60 Jul 23 '10 at 23:48
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    no offense, but that made me instantly think of an unmentionable first :-p. – Ritwik Bose Jul 26 '10 at 10:41
  • Yes, I thought so too. But I took "exact" measurements of the laser cannon and that's what it would look like ... O.o – Michael Herold Jul 26 '10 at 13:11
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    To me it looks like a broken joystick or toilet plunger... – EricSchaefer Jul 28 '10 at 13:48
  • I like it, and we could pretty much use the original sprite as an icon version! – GAThrawn Jul 28 '10 at 19:52
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    i'm sorry but i'm with @Mechko here... that looks way too pornographic... – Kip Jul 31 '10 at 15:39

I like the idea of using a simple retro gaming style icon - the Pong and Space Invaders are good ones. In a similar vein...

I'm sure someone more arty than myself could make more suitable versions!

  • +1 for the tetris logo... the pac-man logo probably wouldn't work--it clearly infringes on the pac-man trademark – Kip Jul 31 '10 at 15:43

I like the idea of a joystick. Maybe a joystick placed in front of a screen? That could be rendered quite stylistically to keep it similar to the stackoverflow logo.


My idea is basically a finger frantically pressing a button again and again.

First draft:

finger pressing a button repeatedly

I'll try to make it a bit more stylish, help from others will be welcome.

  • I like how it somewhat echoes the Stack Overflow logo... – NickAldwin Jul 14 '10 at 22:24
  • Same, but I'm not sure how well it'd fit with a logo. Maybe try making a logo-esque design with some filler text? – user56 Jul 15 '10 at 0:08
  • Like the concept, not the actual design though. – Macha Jul 15 '10 at 0:23
  • that would be great for buttonmasher.com – Zommuter Jul 15 '10 at 6:41
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    Pressing a button is representative of any computer-related task, but not necessarily related to videogames. I would suggest to look for a more representative icon in the pop culture, something that nearly anyone in the world can unmistakably associate with playing videogames. – Auron Jul 21 '10 at 10:06
  • @Auron: other than gaming (and maybe the stock market?), I don't know of any activity which requires repetitive, frantic button-pressing, which is what I was trying to convey here. Maybe it needs to be more frantic :) – Oak Jul 21 '10 at 10:23
  • I like it, but it seems to be too tall? Most logos are roughly square, and I think ours should be too. – C. Ross Jul 21 '10 at 12:47
  • @C. Ross I planned on refining it if it gets enough votes... but so far it doesn't seem to be that popular. – Oak Jul 21 '10 at 12:52
  • Now that I look at it again, it stinks of facebook grinding games... – badp Jul 27 '10 at 11:32

CTRL+F5 for quicksave.com

  • I know it's not very creative, but I just couldn't resist... Maybe consider it as inspiration :7 – Zommuter Jul 15 '10 at 7:19
  • what about ctrl-f5? – juan Jul 20 '10 at 19:21
  • @Juan Manuel: yes, definitely better :p – Zommuter Jul 21 '10 at 8:52
  • I thought it was just F10 in Half-Life – Ivo Flipse Jul 21 '10 at 20:59
  • @Ivo Flipse: F5 in Morrwind and some other games, too. It's only bad when you're used to it and another game asigns it to quickload - and you hit it just after you finally finished that tough boss... – Zommuter Jul 22 '10 at 8:28
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    This is kinda exclusive to the PC gamers... – Grace Note Jul 22 '10 at 17:01
  • The KoToR games have F4 as quick save, and F5 as quick load! – GAThrawn Jul 28 '10 at 19:49
  • @GAThrawn: I'd "d'oh" a lot then, after playing Morrowind for so long... – Zommuter Jul 29 '10 at 7:37

  • Please don't downvote without an explanation! – Nathan Osman Jul 15 '10 at 2:08
  • I don't get how this relates to video games – Earlz Jul 22 '10 at 19:31
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    @Earlz It is an input device consisting of a stick that pivots on a base and reports its angle or direction to the device it is controlling. It is often used to control video games, and usually has one or more push-buttons whose state can also be read by the device it is controlling. more... – alexanderpas Jul 26 '10 at 5:26
  • @alexanderpas: +1! @Earlz: compliments! :D – dag729 Aug 22 '10 at 13:10

  • Someone want to explain the downvotes...? – Nathan Osman Jul 15 '10 at 1:01
  • I didn't downvote, but I guess it resembles the PS3 controller too much (note: the buttons are actually XBOX like). – Ivo Flipse Jul 15 '10 at 8:50
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    @George: too bland. – badp Jul 15 '10 at 10:29
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    A suggestion for improvement would go a long way... – Nathan Osman Jul 15 '10 at 16:11
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    Way too dark, thought that was a moustache at first glance! – GAThrawn Jul 20 '10 at 13:28
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    @GAThrawn: you mean the mustache? – Zommuter Jul 26 '10 at 7:28

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