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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.
First starting out as simple machines throwing stones, artillery has evolved greatly and is an important weapon in war.
Winged, usually flying creatures, many of which enjoy perching on branches and defecating on unfortunate victims below.
Cooperative play in games allows humans to play together as a team to accomplish a task. Instead of playing against a human opponent, the team must defeat an AI.
Cooperative Play in some games also means 2 human versus 2 human, this occurs in some Billiards games. (Scotch Doubles / Doubles)
These games let players see the credits without needing to play the game first.
A non-interactive sequence within a game most often used for plot advancement.
Environments cycle between day and night, often with effects on other aspects of the game.
A destructible environment means the player has the ability to destroy his/her surroundings. This allows players to use the environment to their advantage.
Digital Distribution is the concept of purchasing digital media via the internet and having it sent to the user directly via the internet. No physical representation of this content is given but the content resides on the users hard drive and is legally owned by them.
A powerful release of energy. This energy is usually expelled in all directions very quickly, typically giving off orange or red flames.
A digital storefront which donates some of its profits to charity.
“Indie” or “independently developed” games are video games which are developed by a studio without the support of an external publisher.
Oftentimes developers will release the tools they used to create a title to the fans that play it. This Mod Support allows normal gamers to re-define their gaming experience and share their work with the public, promoting creativity and community.
OnLive is a streaming service that utilizes cloud computing technology to stream videogames straight to the consumer's computer or TV.
Options menus give you the option to change anything the game lets you change. Whether you want subtitles or not, sound effects or not, the game to be harder or not, anything you want that the game lets you change, you can change in the options menu.
The eighth annual Penny Arcade Expo took place from August 26-28, 2011 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington.
Whether they're getting in the way while you're walking or driving, you always feel the need to trample them.
Procedural Generation refers to the creation of content algorithmically as the game is running. This content generally coexists with standard, authored content; the two are not mutually exclusive.
Ranking Systems tally the player's current progress and relative skill, by tracking raw numbers of multiple statistics (like score and time) during a session of gameplay. This results in a competitive meta-game where the goal is usually to reach the top position.
Research involves spending resources to create new items or unlock upgrades.
A digital distribution service owned by Valve Corporation. Originally created to distribute Valve's own games, Steam has since become the de facto standard for digital distribution of PC games.
Valve's counterpart to Microsoft's popular achievement system.
Steam Play is a feature introduced by Valve that allows for Steam games bought on one platform to be downloaded onto any other, be it Windows, MAC or Linux. In some cases it also allows for cross-platform multiplayer.
The PAX 10 is a showcase of independent games held annually at the Penny Arcade Expo. The ten are selected by Penny Arcade staff and a panel of industry professionals.
A game perspective that views the action from above, commonly at a fixed position and/or rotation.
A type of gameplay where the player chooses and builds autonomous towers to protect a location from waves of enemies.
When a populated area is overrun by legions of the undead. They are often accompanied by demons or parasitic lifeforms.
The ability, through purchasing, winning, unlocking, or other means, to change your vehicle (usually for the better). Changes can be alterations to original vehicle or a completely new vehicle.
Weapons can often be upgraded with new attachments, augmentations, or magical enchantments. These upgrades result in the original item being more powerful than originally intended.
Voice Acting is the art of providing voices for characters in games, television shows, films, radio programs, and other forms of media.
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