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Sometime companies include the name of a company in a title. Usually it's their own, but they have been known to shill for others.
Games released coinciding with new hardware.
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.
Feline animals commonly kept as pets. There are many different breeds and varieties.
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.
“Indie” or “independently developed” games are video games which are developed by a studio without the support of an external publisher.
Legendary, stealthy assassins from Japan's feudal era, who are well-trained in the art of the sword, and who may or may not have access to magical powers.
The daughter of a monarch or monarchs.
Attitudes towards the Clown vary from person to person. Some find entertainment and humor, others feel really creeped out by their overly flamboyant nature. Ultimately, games tend to take the path of a more horrific presentation to stimulate the atmosphere of a particular setting.
Crows are familiar over much of the world: large, intelligent, all-black birds with hoarse, cawing voices.
Inflation is when you expand or fill up something with something else, usually air, to make it more full or bigger. Some mini-games have you be the first to completely inflate a balloon, or, in the case of Dig-Dug, you inflate monsters to have them explode!
A new fad in Games and Movies. Some good examples of this concept is Rufus in SF4 and "The Blob" in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
A stereotypical prehistoric human, usually clad in animal skins and rather violent. Does not always live in a cave.
A dog is an animal, of which there are estimated to be 400 million of in the world. Said to be man's best friend, they naturally appear in many video games.
Centipedes are arthropods with one pair of legs per body segment. Contrary to popular belief, if the head is cut off, a new head doesn't grow.
Poking fun at a specific existing work, whether a game, a movie, or something else, by imitating and exaggerating its characteristics. Some games use parody here and there, while others are entirely parodic.
An earthworm is a legless, sightless, hermaphrodite worm that mostly lives underground. Many video games give them eyes and/or arms and legs.
The alien fly protagonists of Yars' Revenge.
Using pre-rendered clay figures to display environments, characters, and objects. Often used to comedic effect.
Cows are four-legged ruminant mammals, bred for milk, meat, or leather.
These spooky entities are the spirits of the dead, returned from beyond their graves for generally sinister purposes. There's generally about even odds whether a particular ghost will be helpful or malevolent towards the living, but some ghosts just want to be left alone entirely.
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.
Digging is a strategic mechanic of many games. Digging allows the ability to unearth valuables and strategize pathways.
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.
Cold-blooded aquatic animals that have scales and breathe through gills.
The concept of affecting the universe through supernatural methods, breaking the fundamental laws of science.
A two-dimensional image or animation overlaid into a scene. The foundation of early 2D games, making up everything from props to the player-controlled character.
Some creatures don't need guns or swords to hurt you. Instead they pack a punch with some kind of deadly breath attack, be it flaming, poisonous, radioactive, or just plain bad!
The Zerg Queen is a support unit from StarCraft series. It started as a flying unit but now takes on a ground role supporting bases.
A mouse is a small rodent with a tail and whiskers.
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