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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.
An AI companion is a computer-controlled ally who follows and aids you through your adventures or who requires your protection. The AI companion's survival is often essential to game and story progression.
Whether a timed button press or a more complex action, these are inputs performed during attack animations to increase damage. Most often seen in the Mario RPG series.
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.
When someone is androgynous, they have a mix of masculine and feminine aspects, or they have the appearance of being in between male and female. A common aesthetic in Japanese media and games.
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.
Ants are small insects that live in nests and work together for a queen. Can be gene-modified to grow huge.
Artificial Intelligence, or AI, commonly refers to the programmed behaviors of NPCs in a game, whether it's the fact that a soldier takes cover behind a wall in Gears of War, or that townspeople cheer upon your arrival to their village in Fable.
Attacking an unaware opponent from behind; this often gives the attacker the first strike or some other combat advantage.
Neglectful and/or abusive parents and parental figures.
When a character is naked, but does not have nipples or any form of genitalia.
A mechanic used mainly in Japanese RPGs of both the action and turn-based variety.
A large omnivorous mammal that can be white, brown, or black. Despite their ferociousness, they are also associated with being soft and cuddly, as in teddy bears. Bears are also known to eat stairs. Scientists say that because "bears eat stairs" rhymes the bears are naturally inclined to do so.
Hiding items, rooms, and all kinds of things behind waterfalls is one of the oldest concepts in the history of games.
Birdmen are large birds that can talk or half-bird half-man creatures. Are often depicted as wise, in spite of having bird brains.
Bats, hammers, wrenches, maces, staves, or even brass knuckles. These are weapons intended for blunt trauma rather than cutting or slicing.
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.
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.
An insect with broad colorful wings.
Feline animals commonly kept as pets. There are many different breeds and varieties.
A stereotypical prehistoric human, usually clad in animal skins and rather violent. Does not always live in a cave.
Videogames with extreme or controversial content will often be altered for release in certain countries, usually to comply with local laws or prevent cultural misunderstandings.
Sometimes the writers will deliberately slip the title of the game into dialogue to show off how witty they are.
A point within the game whereby the game saves its current state whether it be for the purpose of a more convenient respawn point or a gameplay design (such as in racing).
A Prodigy is typically a young character who posses skills or intelligence far beyond their age. Some prodigies were born with this talent, while others had to work for it.
The dreaded Chimera was a terrifying beast that consisted of several animals combined into one.
The distinct animal features were that of a lion, a goat and a serpent, though other variations exist.
A character who is destined to save or destroy the world. Often seen in RPGs.
Allows the player to continue playing - even though they have finished the game. This allows the completion of unfinished side-quests or the results of the player's victory in the world to be seen.
Written words that are used to describe sounds, sometimes used in comic book—inspired games, like XIII.
Cows are four-legged ruminant mammals, bred for milk, meat, or leather.
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