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A digital distribution platform that focuses on providing DRM-free computer games, both old and new.
Steam is a digital distribution service owned by Valve. Originally created to distribute its own games, Steam has since expanded to become the de facto standard for digital distribution of PC games, and supports community features, downloadable content and achievements. Starting 2010, Steam now offers Mac games; Linux games were added in 2012.
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.
“Indie” or “independently developed” games are video games which are developed by a studio without the support of an external publisher.
Valve's counterpart to Microsoft's popular achievement system.
A feature in Steam that allows players to remote play couch multiplayer games online.
A sub-genre of adventure games, visual novels are a form of interactive fiction that usually have very little in terms of gameplay but often focus more on extensive storytelling, character interactions, decision-making and branching narratives.
A feature in some games on the GOG.com service. Unlocked only while using the GOG Galaxy client.
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 game mechanic that lets players pause and rewind the action in order to correct a mistake or change a path.
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