Videogame HUD elements, ranked | PC Gamer

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If the eyes are the window to the soul, the HUD is the window to the video game. Sometimes it’s made of windows that keep you from seeing what’s actually happening, but you get what I’m saying. The HUD isn’t just something we look at for alerts and info—it’s fundamental to our experience. A game without its HUD is a different game. As Galloway writes in The Interface Effect, “an interface is not a thing; an interface is an effect.” And believe me, I’ve had to deal with a lot of effects over the years. A HUD might be more than the sum of its parts, but sometimes a part isn’t helping the math.

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