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

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Unused frame(window) management

I'm rewriting my game now using software designing patterns and want to do the code, most correct I can. While implementing MVC(Model View Controller) I got a question which I would like to discuss or ...
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HTML5 Game (Canvas) - UI Techniques?

I'm in the process of building a JavaScript / HTML5 game (using Canvas) for mobile (Android / iPhone/ WebOS) with PhoneGap. I'm currently trying to design out how the UI and playing board should be ...
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Creating non-rectangular hotspots and detecting clicks

Say for a game with irregular hotspots (say Risk, or a strategy game like Paradox's Hearts of Iron or Crusader Kings), how do you Define a non-rectangular hotspot of irregular shape (much like a ...
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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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Are there any good UI widget toolkits for Pygame? [closed]

Are there any good, modern widget toolkits for Pygame? I've looked at PGU, but it's apparently unmaintained.
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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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Runtime Storage vs Static Storage

Runtime Storage (hardcoded) vs Static Storage (file storage) (original question) I extended my engines GUI from procedural style to object orientated style, but I still have to create ...
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Is it possible to skin Qt 4.5 such that it has a 'game-like' interface?

Is it possible to skin Qt 4.5 such that it looks less like an application framework but more of a game? I guess this probably means replacing the canvas, the title-bar and the artwork of the various ...
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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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Graphical Interface Design

I have the following problem: Although I know some of color theory, and the interface design ideals (about how it must be usable, and etc...), my interfaces are REALLY ugly. fugly, eye bleed material, ...
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Gui Implementation techniques

I've been working with a few game oriented gui libraries trying to find a good fit. More specifically, a GUI that will work on Windows,Linux,iPhone, and Android with minimal special code. In my ...
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Good GUI for OpenGL [closed]

I am starting to learn OpenGL with FreeGLUT using the Superbible and the knowledge i have from my elementary graphics to brush up on my skills. To get more from this experience i want to integrate a ...
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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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Defining GUI control event responses using Lua in C++

I'm using Irrlicht(C++) for a 3D engine, and it has a built in GUI system. The GUI events are something like this: switch(eventtype) case button_pressed:     stuff case ...
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Can a standalone WPF application create an interface that looks like a Flash interface?

It seems like WPF was created as the application answer to Adobe's Flash. Silverlight is used for creating web pages. But, can that same functionality be pulled into a standalone WPF application. ...
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What is the best way to make a main menu system?

I know that's it's easy to make buttons that highlight when you move your mouse over them, but when it comes to sub-menus I'm kinda stuck. Anyone got some tips on the best way to have a main menu with ...
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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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Coordinate system handling for 2D UI

Following on from the aspect ratios question, I'm interested to hear what other people are using when working on 2D UI systems (most likely their own home-grown solutions). Specifically, how do you ...
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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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GUI Elements - How to go about them?

Note: I plan on making my own GUI system. It will be good for learning, lightweight, only have bits I need, ties in with the game, etc. I was thinking about how to do it. The elements I mean are: ...
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Is gameswf usable? [closed]

The project page indicates that it's pre-alpha code, and suggests the actionscript support is weak. Flash UIs are nice, so I was wondering if anyone has experience getting gameswf to the point where ...
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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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What C++ GUI library can you suggest? [closed]

I'm building my own game engine in C++ and I'm currently deciding on what user interface I should use. Should I use a library? Should I make my own?
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How do you approach resolution independence in raster based graphics content?

Those games that are not fortunate enough to run on a locked platform spec, like handhelds, need to run across various resolution formats and aspect ratios. In a 3D game you might have a HUD or menu ...