Image memes explain it all:
Is that a leaked version of the new Mass Effect ending?
Irrelevant on further examination of the rest of the thread.
I've never heard of that particular interpretation of purple, Nalano. Perhaps you could provide a source or at least mention which specific cultures you are referencing?
@OP The symbolism of color isn't a very good thing to base your design on unless you're working from a very specific philosophical or cultural angle that lends nicely to such symbolism. It varies so wildly from place to place and era to era. Heck, decade to decade it can change because of major events incorporating colors. Social movements frequently add cultural significances to color either explicitly or implicitly. Purple, for example, has had significance in Apartheid politics and [Iraqi -ed] elections (I don't know enough about the situation to say if the Purple Finger thing was important outside the context of western-backed [Iraqi -ed] politics, though ... at the very least it was important to outsiders looking into Iraq for change). Green means something very different in contemporary America than it did a decade ago. Communism changed the purpose of Red in many cultures. Not all of these changes are long lasting, and they don't always overwrite old color definitions, of course.
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I once had a fascinating discussion with an interesting shade of purple.
If I had to hazard a guess, it's because there's very little in the way of naturally occuring blue substances. It's the same reason plasters in kitchens have to be blue - none of the food you're gonna prep is blue so it stands out like a sore thumb (I can't decide if the pun is unintended or not there...).
Bear in mind that if you use red to represent health and blue to represent mana, people with Tritanopia are gonna hate you. Just like they probably hate every other game developer in existence.
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To mickygor, I've wanted to implement a colour blind mode, and just tonight found http://colorlab.wickline.org/colorblind/colorlab/ in preparation for this.
I'm guessing it's because some game designer way back when thought blue looked right under/next to red on the UI and it's just been that way ever since.
Magicka is the main ingredient in blue WKD.
The Void got it right, magic is every colour and no colour at all.
Super Mario got it right too (ref:star invincibility)
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I believe Terry Pratchett wrote a reference manual on magic's colouring.