Designing a clear method of communication between the game and the user, whether hardware or software.

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Why should I choose to design a health bar rather than heart containers?

When designing any hero-based game, be it adventure, RPG, brawler, or similar, you eventually need to decide on your health system. Barring any regenerative systems with zero UI (like Call of Duty), ...
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Interfaces 101: Making it Pretty

I've made a few games which I've actually released into the wild. There's one particular issue I run into over and over, and that's the issue of the interface/theme of the game. How can you make non-...
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Given a RGB color x, how to find the most contrasting color y? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Making a symbol appear on any colour I have to mark a certain item in a way that will make it stick-out in the background. I need it to be surrounded with the color that ...
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Why is forward=down mouse orientation commonly called “inverted”?

If you look at 3D games that allow you to control the camera using the mouse--most notably first-person and third-person shooter style games--you'll usually find two specific details: By default, ...
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What is “streamlined” user interface?

I have come across this term "streamlined" user interface, and I wonder how is it different from other user interface type? What is the different between "streamlined" and "non-streamlined" user ...
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Representing feelings such as temperature, pain, smell, taste, hunger, and thirst immersively

In a totally immersive, simulation-type role-playing game, the player should not look at bars or numbers to keep track of his or her stats, so another method of showing these stats is needed. For ...
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Ergonomics studies on choosing keys on a keyboard?

I have the following problem: My game supports multiple powers, that you can use when you want, or even mix them, I currently assigned them to the numbers on the top of the keyboard. After so much ...
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How can I refactor “attack cooldown” into “attack speed”?

I'm building a game where the player's character can attack bad guys and vice versa. I built this with the concept of an "attack cooldown" because I don't want units to be able to attack each other ...
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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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Confusion with Libgdx UI

I've started with Libgdx and am currently stumbling about trying to understand how to set up the interface. I have generated the base projects in Eclipse ( < proj-name >,< proj-name >-android, &...
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FPS Crosshair, Should it be drawn on center of the screen or to the forward of bullet spawn point?

so my question is where to draw crosshair? I have some things in my mind like: 1): Draw it on the center of camera(which will stays on the center of screen always), but as my gun is little lower to ...
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Is “forcing the user” to accept the terms an acceptable design in a smartphone/iPhone game?

I am about to release my first iPhone game, has been a long project and I involved several people. My lawyer strongly recommended me to add a "terms and conditions" page at the beginning of the app ...
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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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UI of a city-building game

I'm completely new to gamedev and want to learn how to design good UI for a city-building game (like SimCity). What books and other materials can I read in order to learn it?
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Score vs. Kills in a casual game

I am making a simple phone game and having a conceptual argument with my partner. The argument might end up being inconsequential, but I would like to hear some opinions from actual devs who are ...
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HTML UI with SDL2 [closed]

I realized that I need an HTML-like UI in my game, because by myself I wouldn't be able to achieve such effects (divs, text, coloring, and styling). So I started to look around for a HTML Engine for ...
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What is the best way to close dialogs in a platform game controlled by keyboard only

I'm developing a flash puzzle platform game in my free time and I got stuck on deciding how to implement a feature. The game will be controlled by keyboard only, no mouse available. My game will have ...
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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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Unity - How to get UI text to follow an object?

I'm a relative beginner trying to learn Unity, and I'm trying to do something that I thought would be relatively simple: Have a piece of text hover over an object, following it if it moves around the ...
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Problem, why the mouse cursor position is totally wrong, after resizing the window?

I come here, because i'm trying to add some "menu" interface in my small XNA Game . I found on internet a nice library adviced by many devellopers. Till now everythink is ok, the problem is my C# code ...
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Good Video Game User Interface Design Books/Websites? [closed]

I having been programming games for some time, but while my teachers say that my code is good and advanced, my friends say that the interface is hard to understand and not the easiest to navigate. I ...
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An evaluation of game UI, based on certain usability criteria?

Is there a resource online which has made the effort to evaluate game user interfaces and estimate their usability (by genre)? (something like what Nielsen does). In-game reviews in magazines ...
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FPS game UI theory [closed]

Are there any researches concerning FPS game interfaces? I'm interested in analyses of designing & positioning UI-elements. The only thing I can find are blogs and articles about immersion in ...
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What is a GUI element with a filling-up rectangle shape called?

After every game of StarCraft 1, the statistics screen shows up. The part I like on this screen is the points counter. It starts from zero and then it counts up to the points you have achieved, with a ...
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Who makes the art assets for mobile games?

I know how to develop apps for Android but never tried developing games, and I want to start soon. For developing games we need sounds and high quality images (say a background, characters, logos, etc....
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In Unity, Change which mouse button is used to scroll in ScrollRect

I've created a new ScrollView in Unity. How do I change which mouse button is used to scroll in ScrollRect (through script or in the editor). By default it's the left mouse button. I'd like to be ...
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Unity UI-Animations possibilities

I'm doing some stuff with UI-Animations the past days, but I never figured out, whether it is possible to do stuff like this with Unity : https://d13yacurqjgara.cloudfront.net/users/107759/screenshots/...
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Send Messages in Update Function Button UI Unity 5

I've been working on a project where i need to fulfill the following behaviors: 1) when clicking anywhere in the screen the character should do something 2) there are some buttons so except when you ...
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How to create scrolling input text field using Unity UI

How to create scrolling input textfield using UI in Unity 4.6.6 problems in my project are 1.Cursor is not masking 2.Scrollbar size is automatically become 0 to 1 size 3.Scrollbar is not working ...
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Print string letter by letter in UI Text

i'm trying to print a string letter by letter for UI Text of Unity. With each click of a button, the Stampa function, must print a letter. Up to this point everything is working perfectly. But if I ...
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Implementing my own UI sprite class in Unity using shaders: where and how to position the sprites

For learning purposes, I am trying to implement my own UI classes in Unity "from scratch", in the GPU using shaders. I mean, I am trying to use simple 2D sprites either positioned via shaders or ...
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Why does a UI button that is child to a canvas not appear in game view?

I am trying to place a button onto a canvas background using C# script. I want the button specific to the canvas (i.e., if I move the camera to look at another canvas, I do not want the button ...
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Indicate key options in a keyboard-only game

I am creating a music-based app for one of the courses I teach at a high school, so it's not for sale in the app store, it's only for my students to use. I decided to make it keyboard only partially ...
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How to make sure that all the UI elements were the same size on all screens in new Unity 4.6 UI system

I have made a HUD for my 2d mobile game with the help of the new UI system, that was introduced in Unity 4.6. But when I am trying to play game in Unity editor, the UI elements have normal size, but ...
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Libgdx How to overlay two images on Table

I'm trying to set the player image inside the circle of the bars. I've tried to use stack, to position it topLeft but it does not work. Stack stack = new Stack(); healthbar = new Image(new ...
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How to create UI for 2D games? [closed]

I'm working on a game using Haxe + Flambe but I'm having a hard time making the UI part of it (main screen, level selection, etc). And I began to think... is there another way? I would love to have ...
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Unity-UI not scaling correctly on android

My UI appears extremely small when i build and launch my game on my android device. Im working with unity 4.6. I've tried changing the UI scale mode of my canvas to all 3 types. Scale with screen size ...
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What should I name the keybinding menu? [closed]

Here's a pretty basic question: My game supports custom keybindings. What label should I put on the button the player clicks to get to the menu that lets him customize them? Specifically, this game ...
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Unity setting rectTransform on an UI Image with a Vector3, do I need to convert coords?

I am trying to build a menu with a cursor. I created the menu and that in the unity UICamera on the canvas. It looks great. I want the cursor to move so what I did was move the cursor by hand and ...
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How to load a simple minimap, and hide the background?

I developed a small and simple 3D games minecraft style. I would add a "MiniMap". Until here everything is fine. I had the idea to load the entire map in the background, and then I added the edge of ...
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Indicating low vs high card wins in trick taking card game

I have a trick taking card game in which case there are occasions when the high card wins and occasions when the low card wins. Usually this is based on who lead the trick but some cards can change ...
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Sparsely distributed locked levels?

I want to include some locked levels in my puzzle app as a lightweight reward system. The levels play relatively quickly (average 1-min/level) and there are 100-200 levels in a pack. I prefer not to ...
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Creating UI using Flixel

I am new to game development but familiar with programming languages. I have started using Flixel and have a working Breakout game with score and lives. What I am trying to do is add a Start Screen ...
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Designing interface for interacting with game objects

I'm making a roguelike (-like) game, somewhat like Project Zomboid or Don't Starve. In my game, there are many different object in the world that the player can interact with; there are also many ...
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How are loot box labels positioned?

Take this screenshot for example: How exactly are they positioned perfectly adjacent to each other? Do they already create the label positions based upon the world map first, and then when the ...
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UX guidance for mobile games

I m in need of some UX guidance if there is any for a game in mobile. for example for pausing the game (assume I m not using iOS) say you want to pause the game and you dont want to loose part of ...
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How does one accurately design a UI?

I'm currently wishing to draw up my UI for a 2d game, however I'm not so sure what the normal strategy is for creating the images for a UI. Are there any programmes which are specifically accurate for ...
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Is there a way to use the UnityEngine.UI with SteamVR and the Vive?

I recently got into developing VR games using the Vive as my standard platform. Now I would like to design some UnityEngine.UI elements that would be interactable via the built in pointer scripts that ...
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Click event doesn't trigger when clicking

I've made some buttons on my screen to navigate to other scenes of my Unity project but the Click(string command) method doesn't trigger. I've placed a breakpoint on the bold line in code below, but ...
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Game Sprite Motion

I really like the effect that I see in this video of Mario Party 10 Jewel Drop (at 2:40). It occurs when the four green orbs join together. You'll see a four items with long trails move to the top ...