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Bats, hammers, wrenches, maces, staves, or even brass knuckles. These are weapons intended for blunt trauma rather than cutting or slicing.
A style of game that has platforming elements, but with more emphasis placed on fighting enemies than precise maneuvering through the level and its obstacles. Notable examples include Ratchet & Clank and early Ninja Gaiden games.
A Cover System is a gameplay mechanic that specifically governs the player's ability to hide behind objects to avoid detection or enemy fire.
The act of bending at the knees from a standing position. Crouching is an essential part of many shooters and platformers, and can be used by players to stay behind cover or avoid incoming projectiles.
The main line of distinction between victory or failure in video games, death is the process of a biological being ceasing to be alive.
Used as a last ditch effort the desperation move is often a single, powerful attack that hits multiple enemies on screen. The attack is executed at the cost of a percentage of the user's total hit-points.
Sometimes you want a challenge, sometimes you wanna coast.
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.
A double jump is the ability to jump while already in mid-air to get some extra lift. In reality, double jumps are not possible and violate fundamental laws of physics.
Original concept for downloading the emulated back catalog from prior systems.
When a song is played over the end-credits, often by a famous artist.
Game Over originally appeared in pinball machines, and later, arcade machines. When players lose at a game, it is game over.
Eurogamer's digital distribution service.
Commonly seen in brawlers, typically with the word "go" next to it, this is an indicator in side-scrolling games of which way to go, and usually an indicator that all of the enemies in an area have been defeated.
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.
Equines that go 'neigh' and tend to eat hay. Some are the stars of motion pictures. The truest of companions to many adventurers.
It's arguably the one move that symbolizes the medium to those outside it. The ability to jump, be it onto a building, a platform, or a skull, is one of the all time most important abilities ever put in a video game.
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.
These are the characters who prefer to walk through life without anyone by their side, even though many times they will still wind up as part of a team. They tend to be rough around the edges in order to try and push others away.
The concept of affecting the universe through supernatural methods, breaking the fundamental laws of science.
Legendary, stealthy assassins from Japan's feudal era, who are well-trained in the art of the sword, and who may or may not have access to magical powers.
Ninjutsu are the techniques a Ninja/Shinobi will use in battle with ones adversary. They are also considered survival techniques by the Japanese.
OnLive was a cloud gaming service offering video game streaming through a user's computer, smartphone, or TV.
Parallax scrolling is a scrolling effect used in video game graphics, employing multiple scrolling layers to create the illusion of depth, for a pseudo-3D effect in an otherwise 2D scrolling game.
Loose sand mixed with water. Don't struggle...you'll only sink faster.
Genesis/Mega Drive classics made available to subscribers of the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack.
Side-scrolling games present the world as viewed perpendicular to the direction the characters are facing on screen. With a heavy focus on lateral movement, objectives are often met by moving from one end of a stage to the other.
A mode in the game, often an unlockable, allowing players to listen to individual music tracks, voice clips and/or sound effects.
A two-dimensional image or animation overlaid into a scene. The foundation of early 2D games, making up everything from props to the player-controlled character.
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