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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.
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 menu-based battle systems.
Extraterrestrials appear in many video games in a variety of styles. Sometimes they're evil, sometimes they're benevolent, and sometimes they're very similar to humans.
Gameplay system where choices in actions and dialogue affect the alignment of the protagonist on a spectrum toward opposite poles. Changes in alignment often modify the course of the narrative, player abilities, and gameplay options.
Any being that is humanoid in appearance, with amphibian-like features. This covers frogs, toads, salamanders and newts (caecilians look too much like worms).
A protagonist who lacks some or all of the qualities traditionally seen as heroic.
One of the original founders of the Citadel Council, the Asari are natural biotics who are among the smartest and most diplomatic species in the galaxy.
When characters make conversation during normal gameplay, rather than a dialog-focused scene.
An alien race featured in the Mass Effect franchise. The Batarians are a disgraced race mostly isolated in a lawless area of the Galaxy known as the Terminus Systems. Conflicts with the human race have put them at odds with the Citadel Council.
Biotics is a technology in the Mass Effect universe that describes an individual's ability to manipulate dark energy fields. It is highly valuable in combat due to its various applications such as protective shields, telekinesis, and gravity manipulation.
The Black Market is a concept wherein players may buy or sell items through alternative means. This is often a way to make more money but can often land the player into trouble.
One of the most controversial aspects of video games are the amounts of virtual murders that can vary from over-the-top to uneasily realistic. These games become notorious when they are linked to a murder, usually a spree murder, by the person who plays them.
It's all in the family.
The concept of purchasing media and having it delivered over the internet. No physical representation of this content is given, and although the content resides on the user's hard drive they are typically granted a license to the product, rather than ownership of it.
The concept of seemingly religious phenomena being explained as the work of alien civilizations.
Downloadable Content adds new features and content to already-distributed video games via the Internet. Examples include new maps for FPS games, new songs for rhythm games, and new cars for racing games.
Elevators in the Citadel alternate between news reports and pleasant music.
Long elevator rides meant to hide the game loading.
Like in-game manuals, encyclopedias may have gameplay information, background lore or real-life trivia.
This concept is for games where at least one of the main characters is female.
Gas Bags are a species of benign creatures found on Eden Prime. They appear to release a toxic cloud of gas upon death.
The Geth are networked AIs that reside in the Terminus Systems. They were created by the Quarians.
It is believed that Frank Herbert's Dune books were the first to popularize the concept of a giant worm that is capable of devouring a person whole without even noticing it.
An alien species that resemble jellyfish. They tend to be very religious and talk in a polite and almost poetic way.
Husks are cybernetic, zombified corpses. The Geth create them by impaling human bodies with giant mechanical spikes, known as Dragon's Teeth to experienced Alliance soldiers.
A reporter for a news-outlet, whether it be as a writer or photographer.
The mysterious organisms, or machines, that tend to the maintenance of The Citadel. Little is known about these aphid like workers.
A race of reptilian humanoids that appear in Mass Effect. The Krogan were once a proud, powerful race of warriors with an astonishingly high birthrate. Their massive numbers eventually led to a series of conflicts known as the Krogan Rebellion. The species were eventually infected with a sterilizing genetic bioweapon.
A MacGuffin is a plot device, having little importance itself, which exists purely in order to motivate characters and/or advance the story.
The titular concept upon which much of the technology in the Mass Effect series is based.
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