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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.
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.
When a venue in a fighting or wrestling game is enclosed around the combatants. This generally prevents ring-outs.
Often used as a catch-all term for any game's main story-driven mode of play, campaign mode usually refers to a linear sequence of levels with a continuous story and a definite conclusion, playable single-player and sometimes co-operatively.
A concept in games with multiple characters, a screen with pictures of all playable characters with the possibility of stat listings.
Any spoken words conjunct with and descriptive of on-screen action . This is prevalent in most sports games.
Sometimes designers add old-school things on purpose to enhance game design. These games tend to be heavily inspired by hardware limitations of older systems. NES, Atari 2600, and early computer platforms (DOS, Commodore 64, MSX, etc...) are common sources of inspiration.
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.
Game Over originally appeared in pinball machines, and later, arcade machines. When players lose at a game, it is game over.
“Indie” or “independently developed” games are video games which are developed by a studio without the support of an external publisher.
Options menus give you the option to change anything the game lets you change. Whether you want subtitles or not, sound effects or not, the game to be harder or not, anything you want that the game lets you change, you can change in the options menu.
Trophies are an incentive-based system for the completion of various objective in PS3, Vita, and PS4 titles.
These men and women are present to officiate sporting events and racing games. Notable referees in the article are: Lakitu, John Madden, Punch-Out! Referee and DJ Jazzman.
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.
Whether with a button press or menu, taunts destroy friendships and can even make the computer go crazy.
You don't know how to play our game, so we'll teach you how.
Primarily found in fighting or sports games, the versus screen typically masks the load time of an upcoming matchup. Sometimes codes may be entered here that will affect the game.
Voice Acting is the art of providing voices for characters in games, television shows, films, radio programs, and other forms of media.
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