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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.
When blood will splash textures on walls or floors and even roofs.
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.
One of the age-old narrative structures in literature, in which a young protagonist faces conflict that transforms him or her into a mature adult. This is an especially common device in RPGs.
Games which feature copyright infringement, or contain the tools to make infringing material. Usually seen in games with user generated content.
Some games just won't settle for laughs. Some games make you want to cringe as you're busting a gut.
The main line of distinction between victory or failure in video games, death is the process of a biological being ceasing to be alive.
Game titles that make a statement of fact or opinion.
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.
A double jump is the ability to jump while already in mid-air to get some extra lift. In reality, double jumps are not possible and violate fundamental laws of physics.
Freeware games are those which have their full versions legally free to download or otherwise obtain.
Game Over originally appeared in pinball machines, and later, arcade machines. When players lose at a game, it is game over.
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.
“Indie” or “independently developed” games are video games which are developed by a studio without the support of an external publisher.
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.
In many platform games the protagonist will die instantly when falling off the bottom of the map, but in some situations there are places where the protagonist can still scroll down. When it's not possible to tell which are which, it is a Leap Of Faith.
Through trial and error gameplay, complex game mechanics and intense difficulty, masocore games are specifically designed to frustrate players over and over again.
When the President wants to go for a burger, you know that all your cake is a lie.
Multiple endings is a term used to describe different outcomes or conclusions to a game based on the previous actions of the player.
Pixel art refers to digital images composed of visible pixels, drawn with individual pixel-level intent and precision.
A widely popular music style, originating from a fusion of blues, R&B, country, and jazz. Includes sub-genres such as punk, heavy metal, synth rock, and pop rock, among others.
Special locations in game that allow the player to manually save their progress.
People who are aged during the growth period of adolescence, traditionally between 13 and 19 years old.
The one-eyed cousin of the Waddle-Dee from the Kirby universe.
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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