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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.
These games are based off of established licenses, such as movies, comics, or TV shows. Examples are the James Bond 007 and Spider-Man franchises.
It's arguably the one move that symbolizes the medium to those outside it. The ability to jump, be it onto a building, a platform, or a skull, is one of the all time most important abilities ever put in a video game.
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.
The first subscription based video game serviced offered through your cable company.
Side-scrolling games present the world as viewed perpendicular to the direction the characters are facing on screen. With a heavy focus on lateral movement, objectives are often met by moving from one end of a stage to the other.
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
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.
A mode in the game, often an unlockable, allowing players to listen to individual music tracks, voice clips and/or sound effects.
Game Over originally appeared in pinball machines, and later, arcade machines. When players lose at a game, it is game over.
The Virtual Console is a platform service that first appeared on Nintendo's Wii and later on the 3DS and Wii U. Games from past consoles are emulated to run on the new hardware with the added benefits of system-level save states and other features.
In many games there is a ranking system, the players with the highest point value are listed in a "high score" table.
The main line of distinction between victory or failure in video games, death is the process of a biological being ceasing to be alive.
Bosses are enemies that fight you at the end of a level or at a significant point in the story.
This concept is for games in which at least one of the main characters is male.
Games that include real photography on the game's cover.
The concept of lives in video games evolved to let the player get a second chance after failing once. The most recognizable symbol is the heart.
Games whose main character is so egotistical that the whole game just HAS to be named after them.
The concept of purchasing media and having it delivered over the internet. No physical representation of this content is given, and although the content resides on the user's hard drive they are typically granted a license to the product, rather than ownership of it.
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.
Video games that, for better or for worse, are based on an existing non-video game franchise. Usually drawn from movies, tie-in games have also been made about TV shows, novels, and even one-hit wonder pop bands.
Games whose titles consist of a single word.
A digital distribution service owned by Valve Corporation. Originally created to distribute Valve's own games, Steam has since become the de facto standard for digital distribution of PC games.
Sometimes you want a challenge, sometimes you wanna coast.
Games that have animals as the main character. The character must be playable.
An online retro gaming streaming platform.
From Beat-em-ups to fighting games to modern FPS, one dude hitting another has made an enjoyable pastime.
The continue is a classic gaming concept, and usually arises when the player "dies" or fails in the game. Usually some loss is tied to a continue, in a form of a "life" or something of other value.
A real-life athlete who appears on the cover art of a sports game. Usually an up-and-coming star in the sport or a perennial fan favorite.
The last boss you face in a game, usually representing the final climax of the game.
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