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

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Is it worth taking the time and making a game scripting engine instead of directly coding?

I don't know exactly everything there is to game programming and I forget things so I like to write libraries that are easy to use so I can use the thing that's hard to do such as file serialization. ...
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What in-game user interfaces are available? [closed]

I'm wondering what options are available for in-game interface libraries (not OS-level interfaces) and what are your opinions about them? Please put only one library per answer and follow this ...
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Deciding when to switch focus between UI elements

I've been coding a simple logic game recently and there is a UI decision that has been bothering me. Since certain blocks of logic are going to be used across many levels (e.g. logic to reverse the ...
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Font outline in OpenGL, FTGL

I'm using FTGL library to render fonts in my game, but I have completely no idea how to create an outline around text. Achieving a shadow could be easy, because I can simply do it like this: (pseudo ...
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Is jButton in Java suitable for a Game GUI?

Recently I have encountered the issue of trying to add a GUI into my game using Swing. The game will randomly & infrequently flash the jButton or Swing component when I add it to my jFrame. I'm ...
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Informing GUI objects about screen size - Designing

I have a problem with designing classes for my game which I create. In my app, there is: class CGame which contains all the information about game itself, e.g. screen width, screen height, etc. In ...
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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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Animation Trouble with Java Swing Timer - Also, JFrame Will Not Exit_On_Close [closed]

So, I am using a Java Swing Timer because putting the animation code in a run() method of a Thread subclass caused an insane amount of flickering that is really a terrible experience for any video ...
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Application toolkits like QT versus traditional game/multimedia libraries like SFML

I currently intend to use SFML for my next game project. I'll need a substantial GUI though (RPG/strategy-type) so I'll either have to implement my own or try to find an appropriate third party ...
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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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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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Rendering only a part of text FTGL, OpenGL

I'm using FTGL library to render text in my C++ project. I can easily render text by using: CFontManager::Instance().renderWrappedText(font, lineLength, position, text); Unfortunately there is a ...
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Events Driven Library XNA C#

Language: C# w/ XNA Framework Relevant and Hopefully Helpful Background Info: I am making a library using the XNA framework for games I make with XNA. The Library has a folder(Namespace) dedication ...
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How to add text box in slick2d?

I wanted to let the player rename the character of my game. So I thought that making a text box and when he clicks the ok button, the text inside the text box will make it to a string and render it on ...
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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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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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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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XNA GUI: Creating a 'scroll pane' widget

I'm trying to create a simple GUI system and am currently stuck on how to implement a textarea with a scrollbar. In other words, the text is too large to fit into the view area. I want to learn how to ...
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How do I render my own DirectX Stuff to a full screen WPF's DirectX surface?

Basically Danny Varod seems to know as he posted it as an answer to this question: Display a Message Box over a Full Screen DirectX application I think, theoretically this might work, but I have no ...
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How can be data oriented programming applied for GUI system?

I've just learned basics of Data oriented programming design, but I'm not very familiar with that yet. I've also read Pitfalls of Object Oriented Programming GCAP 09. It seems that data oriented ...
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What's the recommended way of doing a HUD for an android game?

Basically the question is in the title. I'm creating a RTS game and I will need buttons like attack move / attack ground, etc. I am not using any engine. When people do games in OpenGL for android ...
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Buffer System For Items

I am going to reference this image of what I want to accomplish in JavaScript. This is the Diablo buffer system. This question may be a bit advanced (or possibly not even allowed). But I was ...
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How to make smooth animations

Say I want to write a card game. I have a hand of cards and I want to be able to draw a smooth animation of a card moving from the hand to the table. I am looking for suggestions on how to elegantly ...
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How do I prevent dynamic GUI elements from overlapping in Unity?

I'm working on a birds-eye-view for our Unity3D game world, where each point of interest has a label hovering above it. The problem is that sometimes they overlap, although there is more than enough ...
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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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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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How to adjust GUI to screen resolution ?

I've created a GUI for my XNA game and now I'm stuck with a problem. My GUI element positions are designed for a max resolution of 1920x1080, and if I try changing it to 640x480 they disappear from ...
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Console-type interface in game

I am currently programming a very simple 2d game in C# with XNA. I was wondering how to implement a console-type interface in a game or graphical software like there is in Skyrim or Counter-strike or ...
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Framework to implement an in game gui editor [closed]

I need to do an in game gui editor. The game engine has his own widgets elements and I don't want a gui library that substitute it. The most difficult task is the implementation of the functionality ...
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Can't remove JPanel from JFrame while adding new class into it

Basically, I have my Frame class, which instantiates all the properties for the JFrame, and draws a JLabel with an image (my title screen). Then I made a separate JPanel with a start button on it, and ...
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Keeping crosshairs & GUI onscreen - SFML

I read this question, but didn't understand the implementation suggestions with SFML on C#. For example, right now I'm just trying to make sure that the mouse crosshairs stay onscreen constantly. I ...
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Is it possible to make calculations in a Quake 3/Live hud?

I would like to add a new field to a Quake 3/Quake Live HUD that shows the following number: min(health + armour, health * 3) * (1.5 if guard_rune else 1) This is the amount of damage you can take ...
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What is the best way to make UI for an Isometric game in java [closed]

What do you think is the best way to make UI for an isometric game.. I dont have much experience in UI so im not sure where to start. I need something the mouse can interact with and that works good ...
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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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Nifty popup fails to register

I'm new to Nifty GUI, so I'm following a tutorial here for making popups. For now, I'm just trying to get a very basic "test" popup to show, but I get multiple errors and none of them make much sense. ...
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How to highlight non-rectangular hotspots?

So my question is highly related to Creating non-rectangular hotspots and detecting clicks. Yet again, I've irregular hot-spots (think the game Risk). So basically, we can detect clicks on these ...
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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 ...
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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 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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Unity3D GUI - what exactly it does when create controls and check their statuses?

On unity3d website in the manual on this page: http://unity3d.com/support/documentation/Components/gui-Controls.html I found an example of "GUI.changed" function usage(below). And it looks like it ...
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way to implement a menu -pratical

i do my first game and already read alot about design strategie, programming style, design .. and so on theoretically it works perfect but in practice i dont know if i do thinks "right" i have three ...
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Java ~ RPG Game Qs: Music, Inventory, Inv Checker, Array of Weapon List and Calculations [closed]

I am here again to ask how to implement these things on my rpg game...but before that, have you ever heard of the game engine called Legendary Tales? It is like Inform but there is a better GUI and ...
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Developing user interface [closed]

i am beginner in graphic development and have no experience with it, i only developed always with standard win controls. Now i want to create interface in c# for my sports management simulation game, ...
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Resizing a dynamically resizable widget with a fixed aspect ratio?

I've been trying to figure this out for hours. It is a bit tricky to explain but I'll try to explain it. I'm making a game where I have a Window with 3 panels in it. The 3 panels must always be ...
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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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GUI.Button inside GUI.Window not responding

I am trying to do some GUI work with unity but am having some issues. I call a window with this code: fortuneRect = GUI.Window(0, fortuneRect, fortuneWindow, "Your future"); and inside the window ...
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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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A good model for a GUI system? [closed]

Not necessarily a question of deep thought, but more of to ask opinions of what people think about my GUI system. Currently I have an abstract class "Control" which is used for GUI elements (Labels, ...
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GUI for DirectX

I'm looking for a GUI library built on top of DirectX- preferably 9, but I can also do 11. I've looked at stuff like DXUT, but it's way too much for me- I'm only needing some UI controls which I would ...
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What C++ containers should I use for my UI elements?

I am writing some UI stuff for my games in C++. Basically its a very common problem, but I dont know the best answer yet. Suppose inside my UI Library I have a view class which renders 2D/3D scene. ...