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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.
Whether you're trying to stay alive for a certain time period or just trying to gain the upper hand in a fight, being able to make a barricade is crucial to your survival.
Feline animals commonly kept as pets. There are many different breeds and varieties.
When you have a code number or a password to type to use a device, you have to type the code
A sight placed on the HUD used to aim and provide a point of reference to the player when looking and interacting with the game world. Although they often aim weapons, they have a variety of uses and have appeared in many games in many different forms.
Darkness is used in games to restrict access, increase tension, or just to set a mood. Often the player has access to a light source that can mitigate its effect.
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.
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.
First-Person is a vantage point that attempts to simulate looking through a game character's eyes. It is most commonly found in first-person shooters, racing games, and visual novels, and to a lesser extent in other genres, such as RPGs, 3D platformers, and adventure games.
Some games, especially modern adventure games, feature hotspot highlighting where all visible interactive items on screen are highlighted by pressing a certain button.
“Indie” or “independently developed” games are video games which are developed by a studio without the support of an external publisher.
A method of attempting to scare the player by the sudden unexpected occurrence of an event - often accompanied by some sort of audio sting.
Lens Flare is a dynamic graphical effect that emulates visual artifacts that can appear on an image captured by a camera with a lens. This effect is not limited only to sunlight.
A graphical effect used in video games where an object blocks light and around the edges of the object the light is significantly brighter than normal.
One of the smaller innovations in the gaming industry was making the player's targeting reticle change colours depending on the situation.
Loading Screens are specific screens that are displayed while a game is loading resources so that the player has something to distract them while the game loads. Loading Screens can be images, text or even mini-games - and sometimes a combination of all three.
Loud ambient noises are often included in many thriller/horror games. These sounds are associated with panic and terror, and can heighten these feelings. Examples of these sounds would be metal chains clanging, footsteps, knocking, creaking doors, etc.
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.
Rain can heavily increase the atmosphere of a video game. Some games use it to add detail to an environment, while other games use it to make it difficult to see.
The foil of almost every early RPG lover, these rodents often live in sewers. While most rats are simple targets, games like Ratatouille make them the hero.
Ability to see a character's body in mirrors, water, or other surfaces.
Games that allow items to be rotated; this can be used to reveal information about certain objects for the purpose of puzzle solving.
A shadow is an area where direct light from a light source cannot reach due to obstruction by an object.
A digital distribution service owned by Valve Corporation. Originally created to distribute Valve's own games, Steam has since become the de facto standard for digital distribution of PC games.
Valve's counterpart to Microsoft's popular achievement system.
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.
The option to display dialog and other information with text on screen.
Voice Acting is the art of providing voices for characters in games, television shows, films, radio programs, and other forms of media.
WASD, or WADS, is the most common and often the default setting to move the player character in computer games with a first or third person perspective.
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