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A game that uses a mixture of 2D & 3D techniques. Commonly used to describe the use of either 3D graphics restricted to a 2D perceptive, or 2D graphics used to fake the appearance of a 3D perceptive.
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.
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.
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.
A style of gameplay where players must navigate a vast stream of projectiles.
Games that ask the player whether they are sure about the decision that they have just made.
Cooperative play in games allows humans to play together as a team to accomplish a task. Instead of playing against a human opponent, the team must defeat an AI.
Cooperative Play in some games also means 2 human versus 2 human, this occurs in some Billiards games. (Scotch Doubles / Doubles)
Currency has all forms in video games. It is used to buy characters, vehicles, weapons, and more.
A specific number that briefly floats above an enemy after an attack which displays the exact amount of damage the attack has done.
Sometimes you want a challenge, sometimes you wanna coast.
Frequently seen in RPGs and Fighting games, The EHI helps you calculate the current health of your opponent.
Missions during which players are tasked with protecting a non-playable character or object from harm until a certain goal is met.
A powerful release of energy. This energy is usually expelled in all directions very quickly, typically giving off orange or red flames.
The ability to manipulate or control gravity in some way.
A heads-up display is a graphical overlay of vital information used in most modern games.
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
Map Makers or Editors are built-in tools that allow the average gamer to tweak or fully customize a map of their own, with no mod or programming skills required.
“Indie” or “independently developed” games are video games which are developed by a studio without the support of an external publisher.
A gameplay mechanic allowing players to store their items and freely carry them around.
Some games will give the player hints and tips on how to play while the game loads.
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.
For games that feature a mission briefing before gameplay.
Physics play an important part in this game in solving puzzles and/or combat. Notable examples include the Gravity Gun from Half-Life 2, and the Force Powers from Star Wars: Force Unleashed.
Third-party developers and publishers occasionally engage in the practice of releasing a title or piece of DLC on only one platform for any number of reasons. Sometimes these are permanent while others are only platform exclusive for a certain window of time.
Power Ups can be used to give the controlling character, or any other character, temporary or permanent upgrades.
In a game that presents multiple options of how to proceed, Pseudo Non-Linear is when all options must be completed in order to proceed further. In other words it gives you to illusion of choice but there will ultimately be a set path.
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.
Radial Menus are menus that appear in a circular pattern to display the options the player has.
The term is derived from the Gradius series of Shoot-em-Ups (AKA "shmups"), but means any shooter in which the goal is to destroy an integral component of your target in order to win. In many games this core is represented by a glowing orb, which causes the enemy to flash when you shoot it.
No point in gathering coins, gold, gil, money, or whatever if you can't buy anything with it.
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