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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.
Ever since Pac-Man, games have had us navigating mazes.
In many games there is a ranking system, the players with the highest point value are listed in a "high score" table.
Never Ending Games is a self-explanatory concept in which a game is unbeatable and never ends, due either to the game having no true ending or because the game is not saved (or truly continued) after the last section of the game.
An act of Mother Nature that brings hardship on humanity and the world.
Flattening is taking something three dimensional, and somehow making it very thin almost two dimensional. It can be used for comedic effect or a character to use it to fight through tight spaces.
Whenever there's a new Pixar, superhero or Harry Potter movie they have to make one of these.
These spooky entities are the spirits of the dead, returned from beyond their graves for generally sinister purposes. There's generally about even odds whether a particular ghost will be helpful or malevolent towards the living, but some ghosts just want to be left alone entirely.
Used in many games such as Sim City and Black & White to make sweeping changes to the environment or to move massive objects.
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.
These games are based off of established licenses, such as movies, comics, or TV shows. Examples are the James Bond 007 and Spider-Man franchises.
A DJ (Disc Jockey or deejay) is a person who selects and plays recorded music for an audience. Turntables, CD players, mixers, computer software, and effects units are used to create what is known as a mix.
Those who choose to Rebel against authority or attempt to topple 'The Man' or a greater power. Also known as insurgents
A professional cook. Chefs are often overworked and very sensitive about their cuisine.
From Beat-em-ups to fighting games to modern FPS, one dude hitting another has made an enjoyable pastime.
This concept is for games in which at least one of the main characters is male.
If a person is made of metal and has circuitry instead of a circulatory system, then their game belongs on this list.
These games take the select button literally. Pushing up and down (or any other button) to select an option will do nothing.
A rogue character who doesn't obey the law, bandits are known to steal from people for their own selfish gain.
Bats are small, very social flying mammals. They may frequent caves or haunted houses.
Famicom Disk System games that were only available via a disk writing service available in many Japanese game stores. As such, they have no official box art and are harder for collectors to find.
Characters controlled by the game for players to interact with, as opposed to player characters which are controlled by whomever is playing the game.
Third-party developers and publishers occasionally engage in the practice of releasing a title or piece of DLC on only one platform for any number of reasons. Sometimes these are permanent while others are only platform exclusive for a certain window of time.
An eight legged arachnid. Some make webs to catch prey and some are poisonous. None have made a web grand enough to be called a parlor, though.
Data East's DECO Cassette System is the first modular arcade platform, allowing operators to quickly change from one game to another without buying an entirely new cabinet.
Roguelike is a sub-genre of role-playing games characterized by the exploration of randomly-generated dungeons and permanent death. These characteristics were featured in the classic computer game Rogue, hence the term "Roguelike".
Typically found in fighting games, combos are a series of strung-together moves.
An online retro gaming streaming platform.
The Undead is an umbrella term describing creatures that do not exhibit the key fundamental attributes that are associated with life, such as respiration, and blood circulation. They are divided into two main categories: Ethereal and Corporeal, depending on whether or not they have a body.
Mythological creatures with the body of the human and the head of a bull. They are often found in video game dungeons, waiting for foolhardy players to stumble upon their lairs. Sometimes they're mindlessly violent, other times they're oddly peaceful and in tune with the world around them.
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