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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.
Characters either begin with multiple outfits, unlock them through play, or purchase them as in-game items. These costumes are sometimes integral to play.
Some games don't feature a traditional co-op mode that makes the players equal partners, but allows a second player to participate in the game to assist player one albeit with significantly different gameplay mechanics.
Audio logs are short voice recordings that a player comes across within a game that helps inform the player of the game's story and characters.
Real world information improved in some way by the inclusion of computer generated data. Typically done using a virtual overlay on a real image.
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.
Video game bosses are usually the main antagonist, and arch nemesis of the main protagonist. In most cases the end of a game is when the main character defeats the final boss.
A physics simulation or manual animation of a character's posterior.
Connectivity is a feature in some game systems that enables them to connect to other systems to unlock extra content or other unique functionality.
In a franchise, it entails the second game that takes on a gritty and dark tone to distinguish it from the first.
"Dear Diary. Went to See Movie. Ate Some Ice Cream. Murdered in a horrific, mysterious way. At least I don't have to jog tomorrow!"
The main line of distinction between victory or failure in video games, death is the process of a biological being ceasing to be alive.
The 2003 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California on May 14-16.
The 2004 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California on May 11-13. This was the 10th annual E3.
The 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California on May 18-20.
The 2008 E3 Media & Business Summit took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California on July 15-17.
The accent of someone traditionally from England. Not to be confused with Welsh or Scottish, which are totally different despite being sometimes referred to as simply "British" accent.
Missions during which players are tasked with protecting a non-playable character or object from harm until a certain goal is met.
You may think you know who you are playing as, but do you?
An unofficial translation of a video game, created by people not associated with the original development team.
This concept is for games where at least one of the main characters is female.
The film grain effect gives games a cinematic feel by simulating the grainy visuals that are present in some movies.
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.
Gravity is a physical phenomenon, specifically the mutual attraction between all objects in the universe. In a gaming setting, gravity determines the relationship between the player and the "ground," preventing the player or game objects from flying off into space, and hopefully acting in a predictable/realistic manner.
When a developer begs and pleads and offers to do laundry for even a tiny guest appearance, sometimes those famous characters will still flake on them. At least they still have their laundry.
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
Humans are bipedal, sapient primates capable of abstract reasoning, language, and emotions.
An Iconic concept of video games is the use of an idle animation for the players character, when during gameplay there's no control given. It's an example of emergent game design, and is used as a way to add depth to action characters.
A gameplay mechanic allowing players to store their items and freely carry them around.
Horror games influenced predominantly by the look, feel, and themes of Japanese horror cinema, or non-horror games that allude to the cultural horror aesthetic. J-Horror, or psychological horror, is sometimes classified as a sub-genre of survival horror.
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