Graphical User Interface. A term used to describe the tools available to the player to interact with the game.

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Blocking Physics Raycasts with Unity's 4.6 UI?

I use raycasts to determine hit objects and object selection in our game. I want these to be blocked by UI elements. Before I had a crude form of that where I just excluded rects of the screen, though ...
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Need help with making a journal system

My game uses a system similar to Metroid Prime's logbook, in that it logs things the player encounters and discovers on their journey, categorizing it, etc. I want to write out all of the possible ...
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In Unity, how do I handle very short mouse drags as click events?

I am trying to recreate a UI menu that has functionality similar to the iPhone's home screen: If a user drags anywhere on the menu (including on a button), it should drag the whole page left/right ...
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How can I keep a GUI on-screen without moving/resizing it according to camera motion?

I'm trying to make a GUI library with SFML, and everything's done except for one problem: making the interface stay still even when the camera moves or zooms in and out. This would be easy to fix if ...
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What is the name for the little numbers that appear over characters' heads when they lose health?

...you know the ones. Something like "value overlays" or "value pop-ups" describes them quite well, but I was thinking they might have a real name?
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How to make a scrollbar?

I am making my own UI for my game, no libraries used, basic UI with simple controls and I am almost done. Now, let's say I need to display lots of information, controls or items which obviously won't ...
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How can I model a “weapon overheating” mechanic?

I want to create a weapon overheating system very similar to the plasma rifle in Halo. You can watch a video of the plasma rifle firing. What I want to do is to create a flexible logic that can be ...
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zoom to cursor calculation

I want to be able to zoom in and out of the map using the scroll wheel. I want to zoom towards the cursor like google maps does but I'm completely lost on how to calculate the movements. so far, all ...
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In tools development, what languages and technologies are currently in use?

I am an aspiring tools developer currently in university. Normally I use both C++ and C# to and from but as my time at university is coming to an end, what language and technologies are worth focusing ...
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Can an iOS application have an explicit quit button?

I've heard a rumor that you cannot have an explicit quit button on your app when it goes to the Apple App Store, can anyone verify this? It seems that most applications do not have one, and there is ...
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Is it possible to overlay EditText box on a GLSurfaceView on Android?

I am trying to add a "PlayerName" box on top of a opengl menu background, is this possible? I've tried various layouts, but they don't seem to allow an EditText box to appear on top What is the ...
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How should I provide a navigation system for a world with infinite space?

The world is generated by perlin noise chunks and will only be saved once that chunk has been generated. It will also not necessarily have one obvious (to the user) central point anywhere in the ...
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is it possible to use c# GUI toolbox in an XNA app?

I need both reach GUI features of c# toolboxes and fast rendering features of XNA, is there any way to merge these two into one app? or is there any other way? for example some equivalent to c# ...
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Detecting mouse clicks in Unity UI Beta

I want my game script to detect mouse clicks everywhere on my screen, except one corner where I have a pair of buttons to control the sound and will be handled separately. To help identify this ...
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Separating UI and logic in Objective-C at iOS based Games

How to separate UI and logic in Objective-C based mobile games? To develop games, I use Cocos2d library. I need a good reference to separate my UI code from game logic code.
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Slick & NiftyGUI. Nifty initialize exception

I found my self into trouble when trying to run a Slick game with a Nifty Game State. This is the code: @Override protected void initGameAndGUI(GameContainer container, StateBasedGame game) ...
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Should Game Gui APIs use themes?

I'm making a GUI API (in C++) for games which uses Allegro 5 as a backend. I looked at how GuiChan works and noticed that they intend for the user to override the paint event and do all the drawing ...
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Function, that is searching for nearest enemy Transform only works sporadically. What am I doing wrong?

so I am trying to implement a "Zelda"- or "Dark Souls"-like z-targeting system. You'll see in the code, that the function compiles a list of every enemy in the current scene. I'm still in the ...
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How to correctly set window size in Libgdx scene2d.ui dialog

In my libGDX application I am using the scene2d.ui classes to render my game's GUI. One of the things I render via these classes is a dialog window with a background image set. I have created the ...
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Keeping track of focused widget in GUI tree

I'm designing a GUI framework based on trees of widgets. Widgets are general control and container structures that are everything from panels to buttons to file dialogs. Widgets have an array of ...
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Tech Tree layouts for games?

I'm trying to do a tech tree GUI for my game, but i have limited width and the tree has alot of branches, the problem is if I make them small to fit the width, the tech tree is too small to read. For ...
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Revamping my GUI to be more efficient and less brute

I am building a Java game from scratch right now. So far, it runs fine, but the issue is with my GUI and how it works. Basically, it's a tile-based game. Each time the person moves a different image ...
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2D game engine for UI - suggestion needed

I am planning on making a simple real-time strategy game from the series Stargate Universe. For those who don't know, in the series' center is a spaceship called Destiny. It has a nice control room, ...
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UI design examples? [closed]

I am not asking the theory of UI design, or how to do one, I am asking for examples and resources, like... How to draw this fiddly stuff, or how to code another circular thing, or a gallery of game ...
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WorldToGUIPoint seems always off by about 2 pixels

I'm trying to draw small boxes at each vertex of a mesh, in the editor. My OnSceneGUI code looks like this: foreach (Vector3 vertex in _mesh.vertices) { Vector3 worldVertex = ...
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How do I use Libgdx viewport for UI?

I am using LibGDX to make a game for Android and I am using 2 Viewports. One for UI and one for the actual game content. My problem is I can't find a good way to scale my UI using a Viewport. This ...
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LibGDX MainMenu with ScrollPane - Select Level and press Play

In my level Menu, I am using tables that have images and text to identify each game level. Those tables are in a table that is inside a ScrollPane so the player can browse the levels available. Here ...
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GUI device for throwing a ball

The hero has a ball, which shall be thrown with accuracy in a court on iPhone/iPad. The player is seen from above, in a 2D view. In game play, the player reach is between 1/15 and 1/6 of the height of ...
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Resources on GUI library API design? [closed]

I've tackled this topic maybe a dozen of times, but each time I write a GUI library, at some point I look at it and see that it's badly designed (from a programmers point of view). I've looked through ...
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How to dynamically create an UI text Object in Unity 5?

I have been searching for something that should be simple, but Unity 5's documentation on that is fairly outdated. What I want to achieve is to be able to create UI Text totally from script, i.e. ...
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screen space or pixel space for a GUI?

I want to design a very simple GUI for my game using OpenGL. So far, every GUI implementation I have seen uses pixel space coordinates ( x range 0.0 to screen width and y 0.0 to screen height) Why ...
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Button stays highlighted after being clicked - Unity3D 4.6 GUI

Sometimes, after clicking a button created by unity's new UI Button, the button stays in its highlight state. Note that Button script has Color Tint set as it's Transition property and the ...
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How can I position a sprite in the same spot across different screen sizes?

Taking into account the multitude of screen sizes and resolutions, is there a way I can position a sprite so it's at roughly the same spot on every iOS device? Doesn't matter if you are using ...
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How should I connect objects when using the MVC paradigm?

This has been confusing me for the past week as I am trying to make my first actual game. It's only my 2nd year learning Java so I am really trying to learn how to program like a professional ...
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How to create in game menu attached to unit

I'm creating a game similar to Banner Saga, except my game will be in 3D, with a camera that can move around and zoom in and out. What I want is for a menu to appear after the user clicks on a unit. ...
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How can I create a button with an image in libGDX?

I am new to LibGDX. I am trying to develop a game for Android (so it will support different screen sizes), but I don't know how to put a button with an image. I tried ImageButton but I can't resize ...
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How to design a GUI / controls system classes

I'm at the stage when I need to develop some kind of GUI with windows, clickable buttons, etc. It's going to be a RPG game so these components will be used extensively so I want them to be as flexible ...
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Should I be worrying about limiting the number of textures in my game?

I am working on a GUI in XNA 4.0 at the moment. (Before you point out that there are many GUIs already in existance, this is as much a learning exercise as a practical project). As you may know, ...
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Using Nifty GUI with Slick2D

As seen here NiftyGUI has it's own GameState classes, I want to know if for adding UI to one state of my game I need to make that state NiftyOverlayGameState or still a BasicGameState but to add a ...
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Keeping Android device awake [closed]

I currently program a game in which the user don't need to interact with the screen. Is there any way to keep the screen awake?
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Communication in a simple GUI (C++ / SDL2)

I've spent a few months now working on a fairly simply 2D game engine with SDL and C++. I'm now trying to develop a simple but well-featured GUI suitable for most games. Right now I'm really ...
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Prevent GUI Clickthrough

I'm using NGUI to setup my UI in Unity. Attached to the MainCamera I do have a script to rotate the camera view by clicking and dragging. It does handle mouse events using Input.GetMouseButton(). ...
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OpenGL and Java user interface architecture/comunication [closed]

I'm working on the UIs for a turn based tactical rpg made with Java and LWJGL. I'd like to make a set of "dynamic" UIs similar to those of the game Torchlight 2. I would like to know if there are any ...
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Looking for a GUI library for OpenGL, or tips for my own (MetroUI)

I am making an OpenGL graphics accelerated FPS, and I need to find a library to handle GUI correctly. My current GUI handler just wont do! Yes, as in the title says, the UI of the game is Metro ...
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How to make the inside of a cube accessible

I have a cube, it is made up of smaller cubes each making the big cube 8x8x8. The cube is the map. The player of the game needs to be able to appraise the entire map and understand it without having ...
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How to detect that user has touched UI canvas in Unity 4.6?

In my 2d game I have a HUD with some buttons on it. To make it I am using new UI system, which was presented in Unity 4.6. When user is touching button, I am running method, which was declared in ...
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Should widgets be part of a scene in a 2D game?

I'm in the middle of separating logic and drawing of a 2D game, i.e. I'm moving from scenes/entities that draw themselves to scenes/entities that merely store and update data, getting drawn by a ...
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How can I prevent clicks from going through a GUI.Box?

I have a GUI.Box that I slide in from the side of the screen. How can I prevent mouse interaction from going to any objects under it (another GUI.Button for instance, or for that matter an ...
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Clutter for game GUI

I'm pretty new to game development, having only written a simple 3d game for a class project, but I'd like to get started on a bigger project. I'm writing an MMORPG to run in both the browser (WebGL) ...
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Can't use the hardware scissor any more, should I use the stencil buffer or manually clip sprites?

I wrote a simple UI system for my game. There is a clip flag on my widgets that you can use to tell a widget to clip any children that try to draw outside their parent's box (for scrollboxes for ...