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What would be the best method for displaying character names? We want a system that looks clean and can accommodate customization. For example a player sets their name to Rudolf, but they earn the title Master, we could modify the display to be Master Rudolf. Key here is to make something simple but clean... I hate how in some mmos and in other mp based games the UI element for other players is rather choppy.... i guess it doesnt need to be good but i would see what other people are doing to make it happen first i guess.

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Also, if you know a game that has a good setup, link it or let me know so I can see it. Thanks in advance. Edited by riuthamus

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In AAA games this is handled through their localization libraries.

You don't know what the required format is for every language. Some languages require prefix, postfix, or both.


Using a C# style syntax, I like this format:

LocalizeString( actor.IsFemale, "StringKey", actor, foo, bar, ...);

Or a more concrete version:

LocalizeString( actor.IsFemale, "Rank70withGuild", actor, actor.GuildName);


which gets localized to:

M: "Overlord {0:ActorName} of {1}"
F: "Empress {0:ActorName} of {1}"
or
M: "Suzerain {0:ActorName} d'{1}"

or whatever matches for that particular language. Edited by frob

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Why not just use tiny floating versions of their names, and then keep the titles and anything else for the chat windows. Or you could use a circle under the player with a color for health (or whatever), and have their name in there too.

This coming from someone who hates having floating names all over the screen. :)

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i hate the floating names as well, but with heros who look alike...( say the same armor ) there is no way to tell your friend from foe ( other than indicators which we will make later ). They would be disabled as well... if you chose to do so in the interface options. This is what i am going for

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Color coding the names or adding a small icon would not be sufficient? Have you ever played League of Legends? I find it easier to keep track of tight cluster-f battles if I look at the tags and the mouse auras instead of the champs.

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Yeah, the league of legends name/hp/mana overlay is really good. You should take a look at it.

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