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Action RPG (Action Role-Playing Game), also known as ARPG, refers to RPGs (role-playing games) that use direct, real-time, reflex-oriented, action combat systems, instead of the more abstract (turn-based or semi-real-time) battle systems of traditional RPGs.
When someone is androgynous, they have a mix of masculine and feminine aspects, or they have the appearance of being in between male and female. A common aesthetic in Japanese media and games.
Artificial Intelligence, or AI, commonly refers to the programmed behaviors of NPCs in a game, whether it's the fact that a soldier takes cover behind a wall in Gears of War, or that townspeople cheer upon your arrival to their village in Fable.
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.
Games that let you choose the path you take through the story-line.
Species of large yellow birds used as transportation in the Final Fantasy series. Chocobos have also starred in their own games.
Classes are different archetypes and playstyles that players can choose to play their game with.
In Legend of Mana, the players' pets and the enemies have a set palette design to distinguish them.
Example: The enemy Chocobos are black while the pet Chocobos are yellow.
Typically found in fighting games, combos are a series of strung-together moves.
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.
A non-interactive sequence within a game most often used for plot advancement.
A specific number that briefly floats above an enemy after an attack which displays the exact amount of damage the attack has done.
Some games portray cutscenes as portraits of characters talking to each other.
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.
Dryads are tree nymphs from Greek mythology. They have made appearances in a number of games.
The 2000 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California on May 11-13.
An Easter Egg is an intentionally hidden cheat or hidden content in a video game, also known as a "secret".
While modern chemistry defines 118 atomic elements, video games more often deal with classical elements as described in ancient philosophy, mainly fire, water, earth, and air. In many games, each element is stronger against certain elements, but weaker against others.
When a song is played over the end-credits, often by a famous artist.
Experience Points are part of a character advancement system commonly found in RPGs. These points are generally gained by defeating an enemy or completing a task.
Game Over originally appeared in pinball machines, and later, arcade machines. When players lose at a game, it is game over.
More effective than any hospital. These games let you heal damage; ranging from a black eye to a gunshot wound, just by having a snack.
Health is a value that gauges how much damage players can take in a game before they die or pass out. Also known as life in some games. Health is usually represented by a bar or a percentage instead of an exact amount. Found in most non sport games
An numeral indication of how much damage a character can sustain. The loss of all hit points results in the death of the character or another penalty.
Humans are bipedal, sapient primates capable of abstract reasoning, language, and emotions.
Map Makers or Editors are built-in tools that allow the average gamer to tweak or fully customize a map of their own, with no mod or programming skills required.
A gameplay mechanic allowing players to store their items and freely carry them around.
A parallel projection technique used in 2D sprite-based games to fake the appearance of 3D depth.
Japanese pop music, also known as J-Pop, refers to the most popular and mainstream music produced in Japan. It is commonly featured in many rhythm games as well as other genres.
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.
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