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A cliffhanger is a type of ending where the fate of the characters, the world, or everything in the world is left unresolved. In most cases, they are revealed in sequels.
Limited editions of games that include extra "perks" like Making of DVDs and a nice and shiny tin with extra box art
In a franchise, it entails the second game that takes on a gritty and dark tone to distinguish it from the first.
The main line of distinction between victory or failure in video games, death is the process of a biological being ceasing to be alive.
Digital Distribution is the concept of purchasing digital media via the internet and having it sent to the user directly via the internet. No physical representation of this content is given but the content resides on the users hard drive and is legally owned by them.
Content released frequently, every release contains a small portion of a whole story.
A game based on an anime.
These games were popular enough to warrant an anime, whether it was a full television series, an OVA (original video animation), or a feature-length movie.
More commonly known as a "time loop", these games feature events that force the players through the cycle of repeating one (or a few) day(s). This is often presented as the result of time travel or other strange phenomena.
Games with cartoony, colourful, happy art styles that involve a lot of bloodshed, violence and killing. Examples would be Castle Crashers, Team Fortress 2, Battlefield Heroes, Alien Hominid, Conker's Bad Fur Day...
“Indie” or “independently developed” games are video games which are developed by a studio without the support of an external publisher.
Insanity is a condition whereby the sufferer is of unsound mind. Depending on the condition of the individual, he or she may be prone to fits of uncontrollable violent behavior, hallucinations, or other symptoms.
Horror games influenced predominantly by the look, feel, and themes of Japanese horror cinema, or non-horror games that allude to the cultural horror aesthetic. J-Horror, or psychological horror, is sometimes classified as a sub-genre of survival horror.
The act of killing a child is considered taboo in most games. There are, however, some games that allow this breed of tomfoolery.
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.
A love triangle is when three (or more) people are in some kind of romantic relationship with each other. They can become messy and complicated. It may or may not be competitive.
When a relative is missing, and the protagonist is forced to look for the aforementioned relative.
Two or more characters are featured on the game's box art.
Multiple endings is a term used to describe different outcomes or conclusions to a game based on the previous actions of the player.
Murder is the act of ending the life of another living thing against its will without the sanction of a higher governmental authority, such as the casualties that result from acts of war. It is generally intentional, at least in a legal meaning, but not necessarily.
Characters that are initially portrayed as evil, but eventually turn out to be good or not as serious of a threat. This also includes villains who remain evil the entire game, but contain some sense of moral goodness or ambiguity.
In a number of games, characters often talk about friendship and the importance of friends, some sacrificing themselves for one another.
When the character the player is controlling dies as part of the game's plotline.
Romance in video games can either be interactive, in which the player attempts to woo another character, or an unchangeable part of the story of a given game.
Scary Children in scary games. Some speak, some don't but they all stare.
The native, polytheistic religion of Japan. It encompasses a number of local belief systems from different Japanese regions and has been used for political gain in several key moments in Japan's history.
Shrine maidens, or miko, are girls or young women who perform various duties at Shinto shrines.
Games that have been accepted by Valve through Steam's Greenlight service.
The act of taking one's own life.
Popularized by franchises such as Resident Evil and Silent Hill, these games typically involve a strong implication of danger, vulnerable protagonists, and disturbing monsters.
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