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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.
Steam is a digital distribution service owned by Valve. Originally created to distribute its own games, Steam has since expanded to become the de facto standard for digital distribution of PC games, and supports community features, downloadable content and achievements. Starting 2010, Steam now offers Mac games; Linux games were added in 2012.
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.
“Indie” or “independently developed” games are video games which are developed by a studio without the support of an external publisher.
Valve's counterpart to Microsoft's popular achievement system.
Trophies are an incentive-based system for the completion of various objective in PS3, Vita, and PS4 titles.
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.
Steam Trading Cards is a built in feature in the Steam client. It lets users collect cards from certain games and trade them and receive rewards for complete sets.
Steam Cloud is a built in feature in some Steam games, it synchronizes game saves, settings and other data to the internet for access from any computer that has Steam installed.
A digital distribution platform that focuses on providing DRM-free computer games, both old and new.
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.
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 feature in some games on the GOG.com service. Unlocked only while using the GOG Galaxy client.
A subscription service from Microsoft on Xbox One and Windows 10. Described as "Netflix for video games", users pay a monthly fee to gain access to a range of titles.
The tenth annual PAX East took place March 28-31, 2019 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts. It was the second PAX East to span four days.
Voice Acting is the art of providing voices for characters in games, television shows, films, radio programs, and other forms of media.
The ninth annual PAX East took place April 5-8, 2018 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts. It was the first PAX East to span four days.
A sequel (also called a follow-up) is a game that carries forward the gameplay concepts, and often the story, of a previous game to which it is officially linked.
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
The fifteenth PAX West took place August 31-September 3, 2018 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington.
This concept is for games in which at least one of the main characters is male.
Games that have had an Original Soundtrack album released.
The sixteenth annual PAX West took place August 30-September 2, 2019 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington.
This concept is for games where at least one of the main characters is female.
Who needs 2D when we've got 3D? 3D, or 3 dimensions, is what we're used to seeing in almost every game these days, letting us do all sorts of awesome stuff like run in circles!
These games are designed to be played by one person, and one person only.
In games, fire can be an obstacle, a tool, a weapon, or a solution. Just don't play with it...unless you really want to.
Video game bosses are usually the main antagonist, and arch nemesis of the main protagonist. In most cases the end of a game is when the main character defeats the final boss.
The main line of distinction between victory or failure in video games, death is the process of a biological being ceasing to be alive.
Game Over originally appeared in pinball machines, and later, arcade machines. When players lose at a game, it is game over.
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