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Side-scrolling games present the world as viewed perpendicular to the direction the characters are facing on screen. With a heavy focus on lateral movement, objectives are often met by moving from one end of a stage to the other.
A leaderboard is a way for players of any multi-player game to know where they rank within the game's community.
Special locations in game that allow the player to manually save their progress.
A super weapon, often found in scrolling/rail shooters which destroys all enemies on screen instantly.
A point within the game whereby the game saves its current state whether it be for the purpose of a more convenient respawn point or a gameplay design (such as in racing).
The minimap is a small, simplified version of a larger map. This plays a vital role in many games, especially Real Time Strategy, where it is important to have an overview of the entire map.
The player character is seen at a distance from a number of different possible perspective angles. There is generally a movable camera but it can also be in a fixed position. It most commonly refers to a viewpoint behind the player character.
The game automatically saves for you when you reach certain points. Implemented in order to reduce frustration for forgetful savers.
The concept of lives in video games evolved to let the player get a second chance after failing once. The most recognizable symbol is the heart.
Parallax scrolling is a scrolling effect used in video game graphics, employing multiple scrolling layers to create the illusion of depth, for a pseudo-3D effect in an otherwise 2D scrolling game.
It's not just for airplanes anymore: Game mascots and MMO players alike have taken to the skies. Players can use flight to quickly navigate large levels, find hidden items, or take opponents down.
Reptiles known for their hard shells.
Being able to travel off one side of the screen and in from the other side.
Beetles are among the most widespread groups of insects in the world, with the largest number of known species. They have played various roles in human culture, and have been regarded as pests, beneficial organisms and sacred beings.
Porting is a term used when a game designed to run on one platform is converted to run on a different platform. Quality varies, though some titles are packaged with extras.
Sure, these days have almost every game sporting the newfangled 3D, but way back when, everyone had to live with plain old 2D. 2D, or two dimensions, limit the game to scrolling backgrounds, but some games even now make use of this basic concept.
The controversial practice of incorporating "access control technology" into digital media so as to limit what owners of that media can do with it, most commonly for the stated purpose of preventing piracy.
Kidnapping is often used in videogames as a motivation for the protagonist to venture into unknown worlds and fight seemingly hopeless battles.
"Comic Book Included" is for video games that have an actual physical comic book that come with them (See "Comic Book" for comic books in the games themselves). Sometimes the comics help the player play the game, sometimes they're just a fun diversion.
An object that instantly kills all enemies / destroys everything on the screen. Example: The Serious Bomb from the Serious Sam games.
Games that can be played with a CGA monitor and graphics card. CGA, Color Graphics Adapter was the first generation of color graphics for the IBM PC.
Games on Xbox Live that are no longer available for purchase on the Xbox Games Store.
Achievements are extra challenges added into video games that sometimes carry a point value or unlock bonus material, and are sometimes solely for bragging rights.
Games with achievements or trophies that can only be obtained while playing online multiplayer.
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