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An AI companion is a computer-controlled ally who follows and aids you through your adventures or who requires your protection. The AI companion's survival is often essential to game and story progression.
An Artificial Intelligence Construct is a synthetic technological creation that is a part of a bigger whole. The AI Construct can be a self aware computer or simply a grouping of technologies that come together to form one large being.
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.
Games that feature stages in which the player is forced to continually progress, chased by a relentless and lethal threat that covers the entire height/width of the screen.
Characters either begin with multiple outfits, unlock them through play, or purchase them as in-game items. These costumes are sometimes integral to play.
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.
Anthropomorphism is the concept of an object, concept or character that has human qualities or traits, such as speech, a level of intelligence similar or higher than a human's and self consciousness. "Anthro" means "of human" and related to the concept of humanity.
Characters that are described and interact with the character primarily or only via audio (most often through dialogue, but usually also using some audio effects). As opposed to cutscenes which often emulate film, the way aural characters are presented in games often more closely parallels radio dramas and other audio-exclusive media.
Avatar Awards are items or clothing that are unlocked for Xbox Live avatars by completing certain tasks within the game.
Some games have included developers commentary. These comments can be in text form, audio that plays in the game or the menus, or video. Sometimes they are just added in the collectors editions.
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.
Usually found in MMO games, but sometimes found elsewhere, emotes are a way of displaying your emotions on-screen either through a character animation or by the use of an icon.
Platforming from the character's point of view.
A high five is a gesture where two or more people simultaneously raise a hand and slap palms with each other. Jumping is optional.
The opposite of open-ended gameplay, linear gameplay uses scripted events, Quick time events, cut scenes, and a restricted path to tell a story exactly how the writer intends, and control elements of the action.
A MacGuffin is a plot device, having little importance itself, which exists purely in order to motivate characters and/or advance the story.
Games that feature an antagonist--someone who opposes the game's protagonist--that is a man.
A post processing effect that blurs and streaks the entire frame. Loosely based on the behavior of real-world optics.
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.
While most games' end credits differentiate whom did what and what position each person holds in the company, games with single-entity developer credits present the entire staff of the development house as an equal member of the team with an equal influence in the creation of the game. More often than not, the team is listed in alphabetical order.
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.
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.
Supporting characters who are heard throughout the course of the game, but are never seen physically by the player.
Xbox 360 and original Xbox games that have been approved to run on the Xbox One's backwards compatibility feature.
Games in which specific enhancements are made when played on an Xbox One X.
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