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Quick Definition

HUD is an acronym for "Heads Up Display". The purpose of a HUD is to provide the user with real time information about their game. For example, the HUD typically shows how many lives a player has remaining, the player's life meter, their current score, how much ammunition they have remaining and sometimes a small map of the nearby area.

Or, to put it another way, think of your car's dashboard as a HUD. The various instruments in your car's dash tell you how fast you're going, how much fuel you have remaining, and whether any abnormal conditions (like an engine problem) are present.