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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.
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.
A point within the game whereby the game saves its current state whether it be for the purpose of a more convenient respawn point or a gameplay design (such as in racing).
A person serving time in prison or an escaped criminal on the run from the law.
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.
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.
Some game environments feature certain areas that allow for special kills outside a player's normal cadre of moves. These kills usually feature unique animations such as slamming an enemy's head through a television or sticking their head in a trash compactor.
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.
Enemies that prefer to keep a distance to the ground, and swoop down occasionally to do some damage.
FreeLC is free downloadable content. It is a sub-category of DLC which encompasses only free downloadable content.
A character or a disembodied voice will say the name of the video game. Depending on the mood of the game, this could range from shouting the game's name to ominously whispering it.
A heads-up display is a graphical overlay of vital information used in most modern games.
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.
Jumping puzzles are generally implemented in fast-paced action games as a way to slow down the progress of the player. Failure often results in certain death.
Games released coinciding with new hardware.
Games that allow the player to choose which level to play next, rather than a fixed linear order.
The concept of lives in video games evolved to let the player get a second chance after failing once. The most recognizable symbol is the heart.
Often the death of a boss results in the collapse or destruction of the building or lair that the fight occured in. In many cases there is no other action other than the boss's demise that is shown to trigger this destruction.
A function of the Wii U that allows games to be played exclusively through the Wii U GamePad.
Games that have had an Original Soundtrack album released.
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.
Par times are provided as incentive to complete levels faster. Par times are typically achievable without any advanced techniques such as rocket jumping or animation canceling.
Police are paid protectors who enforce the law through legal use of force. They help ensure public safety and social order. Their motto is to protect and to serve.
Puzzle platformers are platform games where the key aspect involves solving riddles and puzzles, rather than combat.
Puzzles may need to be solved before the player can progress to the next section of the game. Often it may not be clear to players exactly what the puzzle is, or whether the an in-game items needs to be attained before it is even possible to solve it.
Radar is a player assist device included in the Heads Up Display of many games that represents the player's surroundings and the positions of objects, vehicles and enemies.
A sound effect that plays once the player has gained a level, solved a puzzle or reached a milestone within the game.
Side-scrolling games present the world as viewed perpendicular to the direction the characters are facing on screen. With a heavy focus on lateral movement, objectives are often met by moving from one end of a stage to the other.
These games are designed to be played by one person, and one person only.
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