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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.
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.
A group of people who play a game or games together. Can be a team for competition or just for fun.
Collectibles are items such as coins, rings, gems, packages etc. that can be gathered, usually for some kind of reward, or sometimes to simply beat a level. Often (almost too often) the source of earning achievements and trophies on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
A style of game that has platforming elements, but with more emphasis placed on fighting enemies than precise maneuvering through the level and its obstacles. Notable examples include Ratchet & Clank and early Ninja Gaiden games.
The act of bending at the knees from a standing position. Crouching is an essential part of many shooters and platformers, and can be used by players to stay behind cover or avoid incoming projectiles.
An organism consisting of both natural and artificial systems.
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
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.
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.
The concept of affecting the universe through supernatural methods, breaking the fundamental laws of science.
Legendary, stealthy assassins from Japan's feudal era, who are well-trained in the art of the sword, and who may or may not have access to magical powers.
Anything that can be picked up and used temporarly. Basically any item that is optional but can be used to an advantage.
Robot Ninjas are robots made to be ninjas. They combine the stealth and deadliness of a trained ninja with the precision of machines.
If a person is made of metal and has circuitry instead of a circulatory system, then their game belongs on this list.
A Secret area is a place hidden that few will find unless they know where to look.
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.
A soccer slide tackle is a sideways slide that attempts to knock the ball away from your opponent's feet. It can also be used in a non-sports setting - e.g. to slide tackle an enemy to the ground or simply pass through a narrow gap.
An acrobatic feat in which the feet roll over the head and return.
A mode in the game, often an unlockable, allowing players to listen to individual music tracks, voice clips and/or sound effects.
Vertical scrolling is when the screen scrolls along the y-axis. In a vertical scrolling game the player usually starts from the bottom of the screen and moves up. They are also almost always presented in a top-down perspective.
Also known as a triangle jump, this is the ability to hit a wall and propel yourself off of it like you were some kind of crazy ninja or parkour fiend.
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