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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.
Games with stories that involve aliens invading the main character's home planet.
Extraterrestrials appear in many video games in a variety of styles. Sometimes they're evil, sometimes they're benevolent, and sometimes they're very similar to humans.
A female warrior from the Amazons, an all-female nation in Classical and Greek mythology.
Anthropomorphism is the concept of an object, concept or character that has human qualities or traits, such as speech, a level of intelligence similar or higher than a human's and self consciousness. "Anthro" means "of human" and related to the concept of humanity.
Barbarians in games are often known for their brute strength, large size compared to normal humans, appetite for meat and ale, general crudeness, and prowess in melee combat.
A boss fight is a culminating challenge that pits the player against one or more enemies representing a greater threat and/or difficulty than those previously faced. These scenarios typically feature unique antagonists.
Demons are generally creatures of evil, usually from Hell, who are often totally untrustworthy even when they're not murdering everyone and destroying everything in their path.
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.
Games that feature digital versions of pinball tables, whether they be original designs or replicas of existing tables.
Dragons were originally messengers from heaven, according to early Buddhist texts. In games, they can be among the most fearsome of adversaries, but there are some exceptions.
Original concept for downloading the emulated back catalog from prior systems.
Many video game villains oftentimes laugh in evil ways, be it a vicious cackle, a sneering chuckle, or a booming laugh. Common evil laughs often include "Bwa-ha-ha", "Mwa-ha-ha", or "Ho ho ho".
Games that feature an antagonist--someone who opposes the game's protagonist--that is a woman.
This concept is for games where at least one of the main characters is female.
Game Over originally appeared in pinball machines, and later, arcade machines. When players lose at a game, it is game over.
Whether it be Mario vs. Bowser, Jedi vs. Sith, Link vs. Ganon, or Elves vs. Orcs, the forces of good are in an eternal battle with the hordes of evil.
In many games there is a ranking system, the players with the highest point value are listed in a "high score" table.
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 concept of affecting the universe through supernatural methods, breaking the fundamental laws of science.
Some creatures have three or more eyes and tend to be monstrous and frightening.
Using gestures with the controller to control on-screen actions. Alternatively, these gestures can also be detected by motion-sensing cameras.
Sometimes one playable character just isn't enough.
Multipliers award players for playing well continuously. Racking up multipliers is crucial in any point based game in which they are featured.
Nintendo's online service. It supported the Wii and Nintendo DS.
Games which allow players to interact with others over the internet.
Passwords are codes used to save a player's progress, primarily during the 8-bit era and, to a lesser extent, the 16-bit era.
Power Ups can be used to give the controlling character, or any other character, temporary or permanent upgrades.
A creature which is made up of mostly identical segments and has an elongated shape.
A sequel (also called a follow-up) is a game that carries forward the gameplay concepts, and often the story, of a previous game to which it is officially linked.
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