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I don't think I've ever paid that much attention to my HUD until I started playing MMOs. In that instance, you need to be able to know what's going on around you, like if some sneaky rogue is behind you or if your power's out of juice for the moment.
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Game Interface Articles & Tips

Anyone who is new to video games may wonder why their screen is cluttered with all of this stuff. That, friend, is called your HUD orGame Interface Articles & Tips heads up display; in general, it is a part of your game interface. Video games world wide have some of way to tell the player important information without actually telling them. Such things like health status or mana/magic status are usually displayed, while players are also allows quick access to things they need, such as their powers, their inventory, and even quests they are working on.

The game interface is more than just the player's HUD however. In this guide, we'll look at the things that make up the normal things you find on your game display, as well as what games have what on theirs.