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Some games' graphics are composed of abstract shapes that have no particular meaning outside of their role in the game.
Characters that are described and interact with the character primarily or only via audio (most often through dialogue, but usually also using some audio effects). As opposed to cutscenes which often emulate film, the way aural characters are presented in games often more closely parallels radio dramas and other audio-exclusive media.
When the player character (re)visits a certain area or location that was also present in a previous game, or visited later on in the same game, with some alterations.
Winged, usually flying creatures, many of which enjoy perching on branches and defecating on unfortunate victims below.
Because you'd never expect a banana to be an undercover cluster grenade.
Games that are depicted with a predominantly black-and-white appearance, with sequences to this effect, or optional color filters.
Necessary to sustain life in organic creatures, the crimson fluid known as blood tends to make appearances when the body's structure is compromised in some way, a very, very common occurrence in videogames.
In video games, breaking the fourth wall occurs when a game becomes aware of its nature as a game, or when a character directly acknowledges the player.
Whether jumping, crashing, or being thrown, objects & characters traveling loudly through windows never ceases to be entertaining.
An insect with broad colorful wings.
Cartoon physics refers to games which do not conform to regular physics, but the "laws" are for a humorous bent rather than conforming to reality. Sometimes it ignores physical laws, like gravity, or tweaks them, like not being totally blown away by dynamite.
Feline animals commonly kept as pets. There are many different breeds and varieties.
An art style used by many game designers to help separate the characters from the background. Often times used to communicate to the player which characters you can interact with.
A professional cook. Chefs are often overworked and very sensitive about their cuisine.
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 visual effect where color channels are deliberately misaligned.
Comic Sans (also known as Comic Sans MS) is a sans-serif script typeface. Despite being one of the most maligned typefaces of modern times, Comic Sans has still managed to appear in video games on occasion.
Games that ask the player whether they are sure about the decision that they have just made.
The ultimate pressure feature. Players have to complete the task at hand, be it defeating opponents or cutting the right wire, in the allotted time.
A person who herds cattle on ranches. Cowboys are emblematic of the early 19th century in the American southwest, and became conflated with gunslinger types in the public imagination.
Crabs in all forms and sizes, not just the giant enemy variety.
A sight placed on the HUD used to aim and provide a point of reference to the player when looking and interacting with the game world. Although they often aim weapons, they have a variety of uses and have appeared in many games in many different forms.
Some games just won't settle for laughs. Some games make you want to cringe as you're busting a gut.
Darkness is used in games to restrict access, increase tension, or just to set a mood. Often the player has access to a light source that can mitigate its effect.
The main line of distinction between victory or failure in video games, death is the process of a biological being ceasing to be alive.
The act of throwing someone or something out of a window. The etymology of this Latin word combines de-(down) and fenestra (window).
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.
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.
Generally used to fool other characters or parties into thinking you're one of them or belong there for purposes of deception, spying, or accessing data.
The concept of using two weapons at once, often for more damage at the cost of accuracy, the use of a shield, grenades, or other similar accessories.
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