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Characters either begin with multiple outfits, unlock them through play, or purchase them as in-game items. These costumes are sometimes integral to play.
Bosses are enemies that fight you at the end of a level or at a significant point in the story.
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.
The continue is a classic gaming concept, and usually arises when the player "dies" or fails in the game. Usually some loss is tied to a continue, in a form of a "life" or something of other value.
Cooperative play in games allows humans to play together as a team to accomplish a task. Instead of playing against a human opponent, the team must defeat an AI.
Cooperative Play in some games also means 2 human versus 2 human, this occurs in some Billiards games. (Scotch Doubles / Doubles)
A non-interactive sequence within a game most often used for plot advancement.
The wear and tear of a character's outfit as he or she receives damage. It can be done for realism, but often serves to titillate.
Destructible cover is an increasingly popular feature in shooters, even those without cover systems. It is used to encourage creative tactics both in single-player and multiplayer.
The 1999 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles California on May 13-15.
The ability for players to manipulate objects in the environment and use them as weapons. An example of this gameplay mechanic is Half-Life 2, in which players make use of a Gravity Gun to launch objects with deadly force.
The last boss you face in a game, usually representing the final climax of the game.
Game Over originally appeared in pinball machines, and later, arcade machines. When players lose at a game, it is game over.
Gouraud shading is a method of making polygonal objects appear much smoother by applying a gradient to each individual polygon, effectively blending them. Named after Henri Gouraud.
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
In many games there is a ranking system, the players with the highest point value are listed in a "high score" table.
An opponent that typically appears around the halfway point in a level. Mini-Bosses are more formidable than the average opponent, though normally not as tough as the end-level Boss.
Sometimes one playable character just isn't enough.
Aquatic creatures with eight tentacles covered with suction cups. They often appear as boss enemies.
Many online games, particularly MMORPGs, require a monthly payment to pay. This fee goes towards upkeep for the game, such as maintaining servers or the salaries of customer support,etc.
Damage modeling added to a character throughout a game that lasts through the duration of the game.
By definition, a pirate is a (mostly naval) robber without commission from a sovereign nation. While maritime robbery has been around since ancient times, Piracy had its highpoint during the 17th century. They are easily identified by the "Jolly Roger", which is the traditional name of the famous skull flag.
Any character you can control in a game is a Player Character (PC), as opposed to a non-player character (NPC), which is a character that can only be controlled by the game.
Police are paid protectors who enforce the law through legal use of force. They are supposed to help ensure public safety and social order. Their motto is to protect and to serve.
Games where the main character, or most/all of the playable cast, are or were members of traditional law enforcement.
Who needs 2D when we've got 3D? 3D, or 3 dimensions, is what we're used to seeing in almost every game these days, letting us do all sorts of awesome stuff like run in circles!
Power Ups can be used to give the controlling character, or any other character, temporary or permanent upgrades.
Quick Time Events show up in all sorts of games as an attempt to make cutscenes interactive. Press the buttons displayed on-screen before time runs out, or else.
A boss that players fight multiple times throughout the game. They usually follow the player as they progress.
Sea monsters are sea-dwelling, mythical or legendary creatures, often believed to be of immense size.
An arcade system board by Sega, used from 1993-1998. It's best known for introducing texture mapped polygons (using expensive hardware purchased from Lockheed Martin).
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