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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.
Artificial Intelligence, or AI, commonly refers to the programmed behaviors of NPCs in a game, whether it's the fact that a soldier takes cover behind a wall in Gears of War, or that townspeople cheer upon your arrival to their village in Fable.
Banzai Attacks are last-ditch attacks traditionally by Japanese forces in order to avoid surrender or dishonor.
BF Veterans is a system implemented by DICE in their games to reward those who played previous games in the series.
An age-old, widely-hated strategy in multiplayer games: stay in one spot and kill passers-by. Also refers to a more benign activity in MMOs.
Classes are different archetypes and playstyles that players can choose to play their game with.
CQC and CQB are close range combat techniques.
Communism is an economic and political ideology which (at least in theory), seeks to eventually achieve a classless society that promotes equality in racial and/or social terms. Despite this, most Communist regimes are often dictatorial rather than utopian.
A Multiplayer game mode where two opposing teams battle for flags, bases, or outposts
Control Points are typically spots on a map that must be taken and held for one team to beat the other in some first-person shooter multiplayer modes.
The act of bending at the knees from a standing position. Crouching is an essential part of many shooters and platformers, and can be used by players to stay behind cover or avoid incoming projectiles.
Aspect of team multiplayer in which each team is given a limited number of respawns. A team is defeated when all respawns have been consumed and all members of the team are defeated.
The main line of distinction between victory or failure in video games, death is the process of a biological being ceasing to be alive.
The concept of purchasing media and having it delivered over the internet. No physical representation of this content is given, and although the content resides on the user's hard drive they are typically granted a license to the product, rather than ownership of it.
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.
The act of aerial combat between two or more fighter aircraft. A common occurrence in many combat flight games, it is the equivalent of a firefight in a first- or third-person shooter.
Downloadable Content adds new features and content to already-distributed video games via the Internet. Examples include new maps for FPS games, new songs for rhythm games, and new cars for racing games.
The 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California on June 2-4.
A game feature that allows the player to "tag" enemies with an indicator so that their teammates can see them on their screen or map.
An environmental hazard that can be exploited to inflict massive areal damage, exploding barrels are one of the most ubiquitous objects to be found in games. The most common methods of ignition include shooting and throwing. Exploding barrels are usually distinguished from the non-exploding kind by a conspicuous red tint.
In many games there lies an ominous pressurized gas tank within the levels to help or harm the players. These tanks are filled with many different types of combustible gases that either explode on impact or have physics applied to them and rocket propel themselves across the level.
Fascism is a extremist totalitarian, nationalistic political ideology. Within video games, various fascist regimes are often portrayed as the enemy within the Second World War.
Using physical force to damage an opponent, with or without an equipped weapon from a first person perspective.
First-Person is a vantage point that attempts to simulate looking through a game character's eyes. It is most commonly found in first-person shooters, racing games, and visual novels, and to a lesser extent in other genres, such as RPGs, 3D platformers, and adventure games.
Developed by Swedish studio DICE, the Frostbite Engine focuses on destructible environments and HDR sound. The engine made its debut with Battlefield: Bad Company.
GamersGate is a client-free digital distribution service.
An animation system used in creating games.
A style of play in multiplayer gaming with the purpose of annoying, irritating and angering other players.
Havok Physics (Havok) is a physics API developed by Irish company Havok and released in 2000. It is used in video games as a physics engine, allowing for realistic interactions between in-game entities.
A heads-up display is a graphical overlay of vital information used in most modern games.
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