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Strategy games which encourage users to eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate.
A proprietary video codec (.bik/bk2 extension) developed by RAD Game Tools and used in a very large number of video games.
Special codes or button combinations used to gain powers or advantages in a game. Generally hidden.
Games that ask the player whether they are sure about the decision that they have just made.
Games that include a simulated economy which the player(s) can affect.
The concept of a game referencing another game through mockery, parody or even directly. A game reference to the same franchise does not count.
A glitch is an action performed within the bounds of a game engine that was not intended by the game's developers. Glitches are often performed by the player, though they can also occur independently.
A digital distribution platform that focuses on providing DRM-free computer games, both old and new.
Moral dilemmas presented to the player that often have a significant effect on the story or other characters.
A form of level transition, mainly used in the early 90's. The act of travelling from one planet to another.
Referencing a TV show, celebrity, song, trend, historical event, etc. is one of the easiest ways to get a laugh. This can be either a throw-away gag, like the name of an achievement, or the main subject of the game.
Games with randomly (or rather, procedurally) generated environments create new levels from predetermined pieces each time the game is played.
Research involves spending resources to create new items or unlock upgrades.
An interface element used for navigating large amounts data; this is common in games with user-generated content or complex strategy games.
The recording of data related to player performance or progress in a game. This feature is commonly found in RPGs or competitive multiplayer games. It does not include statistics in sports games, unless related to player performance.
A "Tech Tree" is a concept used mainly in strategy and role playing games. Unlocking a node in the tree generally unlocks some effect (example: a new ability in a role playing game or new unit in a strategy game). Unlocking a parent node allows access to its child nodes.
Primarily found in mouse-driven computer games, tooltips are an interface element that display information while the cursor is placed over particular on-screen elements.
The Torians are appear in Galactic Civilizations and are a playable species in Galactic Civilizations II. Former slaves of the vicious Drengin Empire, the Torians have since shrugged off their shackles and are looking to expand their civilization into the stars- and maybe get a bit of revenge while they're at it.
Turn-based games divide game actions into distinct parts, called turns. This gives the player time to strategically choose actions as the battle or events unfold.
The building/editing of vehicles, mechs, and the like.
Xfire is a downloadable instant messenger client and Digital Download Store for Windows. It is targeted at gamers and has many features related to gaming.
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