This is when a notice is on screen to note that a key element has changed, whether it's a score in a sports game, how many Video Game Lives
the players have, or the time remaining in a countdown.
This is most often seen in:
- Video games as part of the interface, to keep the most important elements on screen constantly (stats for lesser elements can be seen through menus or special locations).
- Sporting events to keep track of the score and other relevant data.
- Any live event with a countdown, such as the time left in a game or when The Reveal teased before is shown.
Usually these stats are on the screen constantly, but sometimes they disappear until the element has changed.
Sometimes this gets spoofed, with minor elements having running stats, despite no relevance to what's going on (other than Rule of Funny
Compare Heads-Up Display
, Diegetic Interface
Anime and Manga
Live Action TV
- One episode of Hokuto No Ken has a countdown appear when Ken tells a mook how long he has to live.
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: Player's life points show up whenever a monster gets hit.
- The Drew Carey Show: In their annual "spot the mistakes" episodes, during the repeat when they identify the mistakes there's a ticker.
- In American Football the scores weren't constantly shown onscreen until Fox Sports started airing football in 1993. Before that they'd only show a box score when someone scored or when heading into & out of commercial breaks. Other broadcasters of football & other major sports quickly followed Fox's lead.
- Many shows at the end of the year, such as New Year's Rockin' Eve will count down the end of the year.
- MAD did an article imagining if shows has stats like sports shows. This included stuff like "Punches Thrown" and "Punches Landed" for Jerry Springer, and "Words Bleeped Out" and "Words that would have been bleeped out 10 years ago" for South Park.
- Bennett The Sage actually got excited when he got to do a counting gag for all the gratuitous character cameos in Fatal Fury The Motion Picture.
- Early episodes of Dragon Ball Z Abridged has a "Krillin gets owned" counter.
- When The Nostalgia Critic and Diamanda Hagan reviewed the movie Heavy Metal, Critic noticed that they were going to need a counter for the people melting (which almost shot through the roof in the last segment, until it turned out they were just turned evil by the ooze).
- The Spoony Experiment might have started a video review trend of posting a counter for silly stuff.
- When Welshy did a review of The Three Musketeers (1993) (the Disney version), he had a counter of awesome moments that Porthos (Oliver Platt) had.
- Futurama had the episode "Three Hundred Big Boys" where Fry uses his $300 tax rebate to drink 100 cups of coffee. A counter in the lower right corner keeps track of how many cups he drinks. This actually becomes a plot point, because once he hits 100 cups, he achieves Caffeine Bullet Time.
- In the South Park episode "It Hits the Fan" there's a running stat at the bottom of the screen showing how many times they said "shit."