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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.
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.
A special remake, re-release, collection, or installment of a series that celebrates a milestone.
Extra content in games that feature behind the scenes content such as interviews, concept art, and other things related to the development of the game.
A concept in games with multiple characters, a screen with pictures of all playable characters with the possibility of stat listings.
Some games allow you to attack your opponents during a race.
A page devoted to cataloguing and explaining appearances and the use of concept art in games.
These games let players see the credits without needing to play the game first.
Currency has all forms in video games. It is used to buy characters, vehicles, weapons, and more.
Sometimes you want a challenge, sometimes you wanna coast.
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.
Voice actors don't always get an NPC to represent them. Sometimes voices have no visible speaker.
A puzzle where you have to use your surroundings, i.e. "environment" in order to progress.
Game Over originally appeared in pinball machines, and later, arcade machines. When players lose at a game, it is game over.
Health is a value that gauges how much damage players can take in a game before they die or pass out. Also known as life in some games. Health is usually represented by a bar or a percentage instead of an exact amount. Found in most non sport games
Hidden characters appear only when certain conditions are met. Finding them usually requires great skill.
Some games require players to accept a terms of service agreement before playing or connecting to online services.
A situation where the player-controlled character loses their life immediately. The quickness of that demise is often a stark departure from the balance of power, and sometimes the rules, established by the developers during the rest of the game.
Whether it be a close up shotgun blast, far away sniper rifle, explosive, or backstab, the "one hit kill" is a popular kill strategy. Usually hard to master and even harder to avoid, the instant kill is loved and hated by gamers everywhere.
A parallel projection technique used in 2D sprite-based games to fake the appearance of 3D depth.
It's arguably the one move that symbolizes the medium to those outside it. The ability to jump, be it onto a building, a platform, or a skull, is one of the all time most important abilities ever put in a video game.
Games with language selection allow the player to choose which language is displayed or spoken in the game.
Games that incorporate licensed music from popular bands and musicians for their soundtracks.
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.
Trophies are an incentive-based system for the completion of various objective in PS3, Vita, and PS4 titles.
Sometimes, you want to play games with a real person who's sitting right next to you. These games have you covered.
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.
Vikings were the seafaring people in Scandinavia between 800 - 1050.
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