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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.
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.
Instrumental music, often electronic, that does not follow conventional music structures, instead using various sounds to create a mood. Ambient music can evoke many different feelings in the listener, from tranquility to creeping dread.
Games where characters have a cannon for an arm.
A map that is updated in real-time as you play a level. Usually seen in FPSs.
Backtracking is the act of navigating through previously explored areas, usually for the purpose of progressing in an objective-based adventure game. Players who are lost may also backtrack to reorient themselves.
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 long, usually ominous hallway leading into a boss fight.
A distinct and predictable pattern of attacks or movement a boss takes. This can be based in reaction to a player's actions or simply a stringent script the boss adheres to.
Charging is the action of pressing & holding down a button or particular direction on the controller. Its purpose is to build up a powerful blast or burst of energy to take out an opponent or cause critical damage.
The Chozo are a race of bird people that exist in the Metroid universe. The series canon states that members of this race raised Samus Aran to become a strong warrior after she was orphaned.
Games that numerically track the player's progress towards completion of a specific goal, single level, or the entire game.
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.
The main line of distinction between victory or failure in video games, death is the process of a biological being ceasing to be alive.
Some creatures can easily take off some of their "major" body parts without any real harm to them. Sometimes they can grow new ones quickly or re-attach the parts they took off.
Sometimes you want a challenge, sometimes you wanna coast.
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.
The 2003 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California on May 14-16.
Games that feature enemies that were at one point unconscious in a sealed glass or metallic chamber (generally full of goo). Most of the time, the enemies break through the chamber to attack the player or are activated by an outside force.
Any weapon that shoots laser and plasma beams or energy bolts rather than conventional bullets.
A powerful release of energy. This energy is usually expelled in all directions very quickly, typically giving off orange or red flames.
This concept is for games where at least one of the main characters is female.
The last boss you face in a game, usually representing the final climax of the game.
The ability for an athlete or character, especially in extreme sports or platforming games, to rotate their bodies in a frontal or backward motion, creating inertia that propels them into a flipping motion.
Enemies that prefer to keep a distance to the ground, and swoop down occasionally to do some damage.
Foreshadowing is a plot device that allows the creators to leave subtle (or not-so-subtle) hints about future events in the game.
Weapons that use a freezing effect to damage opponents, slow them up, or freeze them solid.
The Galactic Federation is a galaxy-wide government of the Metroid series. Its importance in the Metroid storyline has increased as the series as progressed.
Game Over originally appeared in pinball machines, and later, arcade machines. When players lose at a game, it is game over.
A glitch is an action performed within the bounds of a game engine that was not intended by the game's developers. Glitches are often performed by the player, though they can also occur independently.
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