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

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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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Immediate GUI - yae or nay? [closed]

I've been working on application development with a lot of "retained" GUI systems (below more about what I mean by that) like MFC, QT, Forms, SWING and several web-GUI frameworks some years ago. I ...
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What is the difference between a HUD and a GUI in a game?

Does anyone know the difference between a graphical HUD (head-up display) and a GUI (graphical user interface) in a game? Is a HUD part of the GUI and just displaying information? That would mean that ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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What coordinate system to use to handle 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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Unity new UI - Dynamically change the functions called by GUI elements

Looking to dynamically change the value in the button OnClick and slider On Value Changed . If I had to guess on how this was done, get a reference to the button/gui element. Next get the Button ...
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UI mockups to the code

My UI designer has made a lovely photoshop PSD of the UI and everything pretty. The biggest problem I'm having is converting some of the more elegant fonts used into something renderable in-game. Is ...
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What are some good (retro) symbols for magic/mana/energy? [closed]

Much like a heart is used a lot for health and lives in old retro games... ...what would be a good icon to use for Energy, Mana and/or Magic points?
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Making a HUD/GUI with OpenGL (LWJGL)

I'm at the stage in my game development where I need to make a HUD or GUI. I've never gotten to this part, so I don't know how its done. I tried rendering a simple quad at a fixed position on the ...
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Entity/Component System and UI “Entities”

I'm still green to entity/component systems. I find that since I have useful components for drawing sprites (or spritesheets) and handling input (mouse/touch clicks), I naturally want to reuse these ...
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How to go about GUI elements?

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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In a GUI, should input be handled when the button is pressed or released?

In the menu system for our game (selecting levels, options, etc.), the player presses the a button on the gamepad to go to the next screen. I coded the menu system to wait until the button is released ...
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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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Unity UI square that fills width OR height

I'm trying to create a board with this requirements: It SHALL be square. It SHALL fit available width OR height. It SHALL be centered in the canvas. It MAY be wrapped into as many additional ...
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How to match font size with screen resolution?

So I'm working on a game using LibGDX, and I have a problem. To make my game fit most resolutions, I created a base asset for each aspect ratio, for example, a main menu background image, I made it ...
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Separating physics and game logic from UI code

I'm working on a simple block-based puzzle game. The game play consists pretty much of moving blocks around in the game area, so it's a trivial physics simulation. My implementation, however, is in ...
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How to detect mouse over for UI image in Unity 5?

I have an image that I have setup to move around and zoom in and out from. The trouble is the zoom can be done from anywhere in the scene, but I only want it to zoom when the mouse is hovering over ...
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In OpenGL, is it a bad idea to “combine” immediate mode and retained mode for the sake of GUIs?

Suppose I have a 3D scene being drawn with glDrawArrays(...) and I want to render something simple, like a 2D overlay. Would it be a bad idea to use immediate mode ...
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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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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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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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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 <...
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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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Render in a imGui Window

How do i render my game scene into an imgui window? I want to get from this: to this :
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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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Custom Editor - keep default look but add more

What I would like to know is if there is a easy way using OnInspectorGUI, to replace the inspector with one that includes just one or two additional fields (so that it looks identical to the non-...
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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 ...
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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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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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Where to show user shot's power on touch screen?

I want to show user shot power in standart way (the more user holds finger on the screen the stronger is shot) Where is the best place to show this icon on touch screen(when I use mouse it's better ...
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How to create gui image with script

So I've been fiddling around with the new UI system recently -- and one problem I have is adding images of my sprites to the ui. I know I can create a prefab of an image gameobject with the sprite ...
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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 is the specific name of this UI component? [duplicate]

Is there a specific name for this kind of ui component? Sometimes it only renders a symbol (without text) so using name like TextComponent is imo not very fitting.
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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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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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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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Changing color of UI Text in Unity into custom values

There are a few objects in the scene as well as a title. I want the title to change its text and color based on the object that is mouse-overed. The script below is added to each object that is ...
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What are the pros and cons of non-unique display names?

I know of at least big title game (Starcraft II) that doesn't require unique display names, so it would seem like it can work in at least some circumstance. Under what situations does allowing non-...
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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 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 it....
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What standards should designers/artists follow when giving UI assets to coders?

How do you or your company require designers to deliver their assets to coders? Do they deliver a PSD? A series of 24-bit PNGs? If you are a coder, what would you include in a best-practice ...
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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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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 hot-...
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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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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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Scaling a UI bar for progress in Unity

I have created a progress bar inside Unity for one of my energy systems. The bar progression works fine. Its just a plane pivoted on one of the faces so scaling it in x axis makes it progress further ...

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