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Achievements are extra challenges added into video games that sometimes carry a point value or unlock bonus material, and are sometimes solely for bragging rights.
This is an ability that requires input from the user to be used.
Battle system associated with Final Fantasy series. First introduced in Final Fantasy IV.
A character in a game who has acted professionally, in movies, TV, or the stage.
Recurring monsters in the Final Fantasy series. They resemble large turtles with strong physical defense and strength.
A giant flying eye that is a very common enemy in Final Fantasy games. Its attacks usually cause a variety of status effects making this one of the most annoying enemies in the Final Fantasy series.
Instrumental music, often electronic, that does not follow conventional music structures, instead using various sounds to create a mood. Ambient music can evoke many different feelings in the listener, from tranquility to creeping dread.
An often used plot device where the main character wakes up and has lost all their memories. The game usually centers around getting your memory back or uncovering the events that lead to your confusion.
This concept occurs in many RPGs and Sci-Fi games. The Ancient Advanced Civilization Technology is often a giant weapon (Halo Rings, Giant of Babil, etc.) that becomes a major plot focus in the stories of these games.
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.
In some games, usually RPGs, they have a boss of the game to be a angel or appearance of an angelic-like being.
A protagonist who lacks some or all of the qualities traditionally seen as heroic.
The inverse of an anti-hero. An anti-villain is a villain that portrays him/herself as someone who is just and altruistic while is secretly working towards an otherwise nefarious and villainous goal. Common archetypes of anti-villains are politicians and religious figures who craft a wholesome and good-natured image to hide their evil intentions; this may even sometimes include doing good deeds, but only as a temporary measure to potentially further their true ambitions.
Usually refers to the end of the world.
Games where characters have a cannon for an arm.
The End of Days. A concept often used in video games. In most games: the protagonists are working to prevent it, although sometimes the goal is to actually bring about Armageddon yourself.
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.
Attachments are objects in video games that augment the user's abilities.
Attributes are a numerical representation of a character's abilities who have their roots in RPGs. Today, attributes have spilled over to a wide range of game genres.
AVALANCHE is an anti-Shinra group. They believe that the extraction of Mako energy harms the planet. That's why they target the Mako Reactors with their attacks.
Backtracking is the act of navigating through previously explored areas, usually for the purpose of progressing in an objective-based adventure game. Players who are lost may also backtrack to reorient themselves.
Video games stories with a bad ending or endings, in which the primary conflict is unable to be resolved and/or a bad fate befalls the protagonist.
Neglectful and/or abusive parents and parental figures.
An enemy from multiple Final Fantasy games that is usually a fast beast that resembles a canine. Its name comes from the Lewis Carroll poem Jabberwocky.
Basilisks are small serpentine creatures that can kill adventurers with a single glance or turn them into stone. It is classically referred to as the "king of all snakes" and its name literally means "little king".
Bats are small, very social flying mammals. They may frequent caves or haunted houses.
A mechanic used mainly in Japanese RPGs of both the action and turn-based variety.
The Behemoth is a biblical creature that is described as an immensely huge and powerful being. In video games, Behemoths appear as dangerous adversaries, most notably in the Final Fantasy and Heroes of Might & Magic games.
Hiding items, rooms, and all kinds of things behind waterfalls is one of the oldest concepts in the history of games.
Betrayal is when a person breaks the trust and faith that others have placed in them.
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