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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.
Environments cycle between day and night, often with effects on other aspects of the game.
The act of killing a child is considered taboo in most games. There are, however, some games that allow this breed of tomfoolery.
Concept where everything you need isn't always spelled out for you on the map. Sometimes even the map is not there till you go explore it.
Games that include a simulated economy which the player(s) can affect.
Moral dilemmas presented to the player that often have a significant effect on the story or other characters.
A school of game design often associated with Looking Glass Studios, in which the player is free to act as they choose in a richly simulated world. The term was coined by Warren Spector in his Deus Ex post-mortem.
Many games allow you to buy stuff, these are the dudes who help sell it to you. Typically they also engage in light conversation.
How non-playable characters or factions perceive the player character based on their actions or choices in the game world.
In video games, breaking the fourth wall occurs when a game becomes aware of its nature as a game, or when a character directly acknowledges the player.
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