After sitting through several console demos at ETS-LDI 2004, I found myself marveling at just how information-thin most console displays are and how granular the control is. If you think of the live/blind displays we know and love, they really are no different than the displays we had when the consoles operated on DOS. Information Display theorists such as Tufte ( have been railing against such thin displays for years now, but our industry has turned a deaf ear. This has ...

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