Created By: StormtroperDecember 17, 2009
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Cursory Theme

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Rolling Updates. Will launch as Themed Cursor if no Pungeon Master comes to the rescue.

You, that thing in computer (and non-computer) videogames where the cursor is something based on the game itself rather than just an arrow. Most commonly a crosshair or a character's or creature's hand. A staple of Real Time Strategy games.

Examples:
  • GoldenEye has an out-of-game crosshair cursor.
  • In War Craft III the cursor is the hand of whatever race you're currently playing as.
  • In Command And Conquer, when you have an unit selected, your cursor becomes a sonar-like pattern when hovering over passable terrain, a "no" symbol when over impassable terrain and a crosshair when over enemies.
  • Star Craft has... something...
  • In The Neverhood, the cursor is your standard arrow-- but, like everything else in the game, it's made of clay.
  • The somewhat obscure game Lab14 has a standard cursor... except on one level, you're using your mouse cursor as a platform to jump on.
  • In Myst, it's your hand.
  • In some games the cursor itself exists in-universe.
    • In Mario & Wario its Wanda the Fairy, the player character.
    • Same goes for the Wonder Project J games, the robot bird is the cursor and the player character.
    • Your cursor is also the player character in Bubble Ghost.
    • In Sonic Battle, the cursor is an arrow ''and'' your character.
    • Similarly, the Hand in the Creatures series isn't just a pointer, your creatures can see and interact with it.
    • In Black And White, your pointer is pretty much your own godly hand, which you can use to pick up and drop stuff, throw things, and even pet or slap.
    • The hand in DungeonKeeper work like the ones in BlackAndWhite and Creatures. Though more so, the hand can, infact, possess said creatures and become their minds. The Dungeon Keeper series example would be one of the most extreme examples of this trope.
  • In Recent ''Legend Of Zelda' games they use these to show off the new controls. Twilight Princess has Navi as the Wiimote pointer. Spirit Tracks and Phantom Hourglass used the Exposition Fairies as indicators of where you touch.
  • In Mario Paint, the cursor is shaped like Mario's glove.
Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • October 29, 2009
    CodeMan38
    In The Neverhood, the cursor is your standard arrow-- but, like everything else in the game, it's made of clay.
  • October 30, 2009
    Kinkajou
    Most RTS games fit this.
  • October 30, 2009
    Giant Space Chinchilla
    you can also download new cursors over the Internet
  • October 30, 2009
    Muzozavr
    The somewhat obscure game Lab14 has a standard cursor... except on one level, you're using your mouse cursor as a platform to jump on.
  • October 30, 2009
    Kaybor
    In Myst, it's your hand.
  • October 30, 2009
    Rikka
    Themed cursor could work..
  • October 30, 2009
    BlackMageJ
    In Mario & Wario and the Wonder Project J games, your cursor is actually the player character- in Mario & Wario its Wanda the Fairy, and WPJ and its sequel give you a robot bird.

    Similarly, the Hand in the Creatures series isn't just a pointer, but actually exists in the game world, and your creatures can see and interact with it.
  • December 15, 2009
    goodtimesfreegrog

    The Creatures example also applies to Black And White: Your pointer is pretty much your own godly hand, which you can use to pick up and drop stuff, throw things, and even pet or slap your Creature.
  • December 16, 2009
    henke37
    Another hand: Duengon Keeper, both games.
  • December 16, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The Dungeon Keeper ones mentioned by Henke37 were both very similar to Creatures and Black And White mentioned by Blackmage J and Goodtimesfreegrog respectively - in that they not only act as cursors but you also bitch-slap, pick up, drop, throw around, feed, and do most things in game to your minions as if the hand were really hovering just above their heads at all times. Though more so, the hand can, infact, possess said creatures and become their minds. The Dungeon Keeper series example would be one of the most extreme examples of this trope.
  • December 16, 2009
    MightyJAK
    • The emulator NE Sticle's cursor looks at first glance like the typical "floating hand with pointing finger" cursor, until you notice the blood dripping from where it was chopped off...

    Black Mage J's "cursor is the character" example also applies to Bubble Ghost. Perhaps this deserves a sub-trope?

  • December 16, 2009
    Aminatep
    Do we have a similar trope for HU Ds?
  • December 16, 2009
    Magus
    I like Cursory Theme, let's stick with it.
  • December 16, 2009
    Premonition_45
    In Star Trek: Armada, the cursor is a Starfleet logo.
  • December 16, 2009
    RhymeBeat
    In Recent Legend Of Zelda game they use these to show off the new controls. Twilight Princess has Navi as the Wiimote pointer. Spirit Tracks and Phantom Hourglass used the Exposition Fairies as indicators of where you touch.
  • December 17, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    I like Themed Cursor.
  • December 17, 2009
    Stormtroper
  • December 17, 2009
    fzzr_miller
  • December 19, 2009
    Stormtroper
    Alright, I'm launching this. Any last-minute additions? And who else votes for a title?

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