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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.
8-bit can be a reference to actual computing power, or it can be a retro look for videogames that want to recall a bygone era.
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.
Games that have animals as the main character. The character must be playable.
Feline animals commonly kept as pets. There are many different breeds and varieties.
Any game where players progress through difficult challenges that usually provide points or medals based on performance.
Chiptunes are musical compositions that are synthesized by a computer or console sound chip.
Climbing is a common tradition in games, particularly platformers. There is often a particular type of surface that can be climbed, and it has a recognizably different look than other surfaces in the game. Climbing ladders or stairs doesn't count.
The roach is a notoriously indestructible insect found in many societies. It is also found in video games.
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.
A cyclops is any race of creature that is born with only one eye.
The main line of distinction between victory or failure in video games, death is the process of a biological being ceasing to be alive.
A destructible environment means the player has the ability to destroy his/her surroundings. This allows players to use the environment to their advantage.
The 1997 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) took place at the Georgia World Congress Center and Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia on June 19-21.
Ahh, eating... We can't live without it, and, apparently, neither can some characters. From snakes to dots, games have odd ways of dishing out their dishes.
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.
Cold-blooded aquatic animals that have scales and breathe through gills.
Greatest hits is a general term for re-releases of games which have sold a certain number of copies, as part of a program managed by the console manufacturer.
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
In many games there is a ranking system, the players with the highest point value are listed in a "high score" table.
Kaiju is the Japanese term for monster or strange beasts, commonly associated with giant monsters such as Godzilla. Kaiju appear as enemies in games, but just as often they are controlled by the player.
Games released coinciding with new hardware.
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.
A type of primate with tails; often monkeys are depicted as causing havoc the moment they are encountered.
Some creatures have three or more eyes and tend to be monstrous and frightening.
Sometimes one playable character just isn't enough.
Nudity is qualified as either exposed buttocks, breasts, or genitalia or general lack of clothing. Video game nudity is largely a rarity outside of the PC market.
Oversized pests such as rats or bugs are often used as low level enemies in role playing games. They can be found in most any Western RPG, especially ones that use the Dungeons and Dragons rule set.
Simulating the effects of a great variety of poisons, toxins, venoms and nerve agents can lead to many unique and interesting mechanics. A classic trope in games, Poison usually deals small amounts of damage to health over time.
Power Ups can be used to give the controlling character, or any other character, temporary or permanent upgrades.
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