This had a strange term but I can't remember what it's called and it's difficult to search for.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Is it called Red Haze perhaps? forum.unity.com/threads/… \$\endgroup\$
    – Bram
    Feb 14, 2019 at 1:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because I don't think there's actually a well-accepted common term for this. \$\endgroup\$
    – Almo
    Feb 14, 2019 at 3:15
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Almo that seems to me to be a reason to answer "there isn't one" - ideally citing conflicting examples to demonstrate the lack of consensus - rather than a reason to close the question. \$\endgroup\$
    – DMGregory
    Feb 14, 2019 at 4:33

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At our studio (Ubisoft Toronto) we usually call it a (low) health vignette.

A vignette in photography & film refers to an effect around the edges of the frame (usually a darkening or defocus) like this:

Example of a darkening vignette

By attaching modifiers to it like "low health" or "super" etc. we express "that effect at the edges of your screen when you're in the ______ state"

Here are some sources that also call it a health vignette:

If it's particularly intrusive into the middle of the frame, we call it "strawberry jam" ;)

  • \$\begingroup\$ Vignette is 1000% exactly the word I wanted. As far as it not being a well-accepted term, I disagree. I believe this to be the correct term, not just due to its frequency of use, but its grounding as a more generic term (e.g. in photography). Many terms used in specific fields are derived from the related fields that precede them (like "vignette" in photography, as mentioned). \$\endgroup\$
    – user124892
    Feb 14, 2019 at 4:56

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