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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.
The ultimate pressure feature. Players have to complete the task at hand, be it defeating opponents or cutting the right wire, in the allotted time.
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.
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.
In games, fire can be an obstacle, a tool, a weapon, or a solution. Just don't play with it...unless you really want to.
Microsoft's PC branch of its Live service. Lends the same functionality as Xbox Live Gold to Games For Windows games including cross-platform compatibility for achievements, friends & messages, downloadable content, and in some cases, multiplayer.
An Xbox 360 and Games for Windows Live feature that lets you purchase and download full Xbox, Xbox 360, and PC games through the Live Marketplace.
A console game is high definition if it operates at a resolution of at least 720p, or 1280x720. A console able to achieve this resolution is HD-capable. For a variety of reasons, the term does not apply to PC games.
Map Makers or Editors are built-in tools that allow the average gamer to tweak or fully customize a map of their own, with no mod or programming skills required.
The concept of lives in video games evolved to let the player get a second chance after failing once. The most recognizable symbol is the heart.
The 2009 Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) took place at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, Washington on September 4-6.
Pixel art refers to digital images composed of visible pixels, drawn with individual pixel-level intent and precision.
A physics system used to procedurally generate body movement similar to rag dolls.
The act of traversing space while attached to a piece game geometry. Sometimes via a rope, or other grapple like object.
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.
When a certain amount of time is given to the player to reach a goal or finish an objective.
Games that are controlled partially or entirely with a touch screen.
Extra objects, characters, or content in a game that can only be accessed after completing a certain task such as completing the game, or by using cheat codes.
User Generated Content describes any content the end user produces to add onto the content given by the developer. User Generated Content has grown in popularity, with LittleBigPlanet, Forza Motorsport 3, ModNation Racers and Spore being great examples.
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