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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.
Achievements are extra challenges added into video games that sometimes carry a point value or unlock bonus material, and are sometimes solely for bragging rights.
The controversial practice of incorporating "access control technology" into digital media so as to limit what owners of that media can do with it, most commonly for the stated purpose of preventing piracy.
The 1997 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) took place at the Georgia World Congress Center and Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia on June 19-21.
Games that have been used as the basis for motion pictures.
In many games there is a ranking system, the players with the highest point value are listed in a "high score" table.
Games in which the two main protagonists are of different species.
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.
Games made for a younger audience, usually between 3-9.
Games released coinciding with new hardware.
A common type of stage based around the fire and/or lava element. Often platforming heavy and inhabited by fire-based enemies.
A leaderboard is a way for players of any multi-player game to know where they rank within the game's community.
Very large African flightless birds.
A Palette Swap is when two or more characters share the same style sprite or character model with only minor color or cosmetic changes. Although visually similar, palette swap characters may have very different moves and personalities.
Porting is a term used when a game designed to run on one platform is converted to run on a different platform. Quality varies, though some titles are packaged with extras.
A flying dinosaur.
Games on Xbox Live that are no longer available for purchase on the Xbox Games Store.
Games where you defeat enemies by simply jumping on top of them.
Certain Game Boy titles included special enhancements available only when played on an SNES using a Super Game Boy adapter.
Whether by item or otherwise, temporary invincibility provides the user a brief moment where they are impervious to attack.
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