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Hi there,

Just setting up LaunchBox/BigBox for the first time, and when you exit a game it says "Game Over" in white as the title fades to black.

Well, yes and no:

- "Game Over" typically means the unchosen end of a game because you ran out of lives or something (so 'no' on that point - you're just exiting the game),

- If you have just ran out of lives and bail then you'll likely have seen the game's "Game Over" screen and don't need further confirmation, and

- The font used to display "Game Over" isn't aliased, so even on a 1920x1080 display it looks a little jagged.

I know this is nit-picking, but I think it would just be cleaner / nicer to fade to black and return to Launch/Big without the text. Only suggesting because part of the goals of LaunchBox are to have a nice/clean UI.

Thoughts welcome! =D

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3 hours ago, r3dux said:

Hi there,

Just setting up LaunchBox/BigBox for the first time, and when you exit a game it says "Game Over" in white as the title fades to black.

Well, yes and no:

- "Game Over" typically means the unchosen end of a game because you ran out of lives or something (so 'no' on that point - you're just exiting the game),

- If you have just ran out of lives and bail then you'll likely have seen the game's "Game Over" screen and don't need further confirmation, and

- The font used to display "Game Over" isn't aliased, so even on a 1920x1080 display it looks a little jagged.

I know this is nit-picking, but I think it would just be cleaner / nicer to fade to black and return to Launch/Big without the text. Only suggesting because part of the goals of LaunchBox are to have a nice/clean UI.

Thoughts welcome! =D

Yeah, defining "Game Over" for use here as well as what one considers nice/clean is a bit subjective, but the good thing is themes can be edited to suit your need if you know how.  

The Startup/Shutdown themes are created by users and shared with the community. If you have the skills you can either create one or edit one of the existing ones. In the default shutdown.xaml you can delete that text and have it not show at all or change it to another term. The only theme you cannot edit is the one in the folder named "Default". You can copy it, rename it, then edit if you like. 

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I am also in the camp of being on the fence about the 'Game Over' text on the exit screens. I downloaded a non-default theme and added a skull and crossbones from the standard wingdings font and made it a dark gray, I think it works nicely for my uses:

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<TextBlock Text="☠" Foreground="#666666" HorizontalAlignment="Center" VerticalAlignment="Center"
                    FontSize="60" Typography.Capitals="AllSmallCaps" />

Still messing around with it and thought I'd add this to the thread. There's some pretty funny wingdings at this link: http://www.alanwood.net/demos/wingdings.html

Also some pretty funny webdings out there I wasn't aware of: http://www.alanwood.net/demos/webdings.html

Just a thought!

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