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A game that uses a mixture of 2D & 3D techniques. Commonly used to describe the use of either 3D graphics restricted to a 2D perceptive, or 2D graphics used to fake the appearance of a 3D perceptive.
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.
Some games' graphics are composed of abstract shapes that have no particular meaning outside of their role in the game.
The game detects a player's achievement progress and shows some form of progress indicator on-screen.
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.
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.
Cooperative play in games allows humans to play together as a team to accomplish a task. Instead of playing against a human opponent, the team must defeat an AI.
Cooperative Play in some games also means 2 human versus 2 human, this occurs in some Billiards games. (Scotch Doubles / Doubles)
Sometimes designers add old-school things on purpose to enhance game design. These games tend to be heavily inspired by hardware limitations of older systems. NES, Atari 2600, and early computer platforms (DOS, Commodore 64, MSX, etc...) are common sources of inspiration.
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.
The controversial practice of incorporating "access control technology" into digital media so as to limit what owners of that media can do with it, most commonly for the stated purpose of preventing piracy.
The 2008 E3 Media & Business Summit took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California on July 15-17.
Electronic music is one of the broadest classifications of music, and has been a staple of video game soundtracks since the 90s. The genre's main trait is the use of electronic instruments.
A powerful release of energy. This energy is usually expelled in all directions very quickly, typically giving off orange or red flames.
Fireworks are a form of incendiary rocket designed to explode "gently" in bright colours and cause no damage, traditionally set off to mark festive or historic events.
Game Over originally appeared in pinball machines, and later, arcade machines. When players lose at a game, it is game over.
The "Physical" objects in a game world. All objects which a player can collide with, or interact with through game physics, consists of geometry.
In many games there is a ranking system, the players with the highest point value are listed in a "high score" table.
A concept in a game where the playable character can't run out of ammo, and doesn't need to pick up/buy ammo. In some cases, you still have to reload your weapon, but you will still have an endless amount of magazines.
The player is respawned (or has the option to respawn) immediately following death, and with minimal lost progress and little to no break in the action. This concept is often seen used in difficult or fast-paced games where frequent player death is treated as a learning experience.
King of the Hill is a popular game mode where the players have to stay in a designated area of a map to gain points. This mode is becoming increasingly popular in shooters.
A leaderboard is a way for players of any multi-player game to know where they rank within the game's community.
A graphical effect used in video games where an object blocks light and around the edges of the object the light is significantly brighter than normal.
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.
For games that have neon particles aplenty, particularly when things explode.
Never Ending Games is a self-explanatory concept in which a game is unbeatable and never ends, due either to the game having no true ending or because the game is not saved (or truly continued) after the last section of the game.
Any game that does not have any written or spoken dialogue in it, regardless if it has characters or not.
This includes any text or recorded dialogue that is spoken by a character or narrator, but not text such as "Press Start".
Games that can be played with one hand, typically using only half of a standard controller or only the mouse/keyboard.
The 2008 Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) took place at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, Washington on August 29-31.
Third-party developers and publishers occasionally engage in the practice of releasing a title or piece of DLC on only one platform for any number of reasons. Sometimes these are permanent while others are only platform exclusive for a certain window of time.
Who needs 2D when we've got 3D? 3D, or 3 dimensions, is what we're used to seeing in almost every game these days, letting us do all sorts of awesome stuff like run in circles!
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