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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.
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.
Valve's counterpart to Microsoft's popular achievement system.
“Indie” or “independently developed” games are video games which are developed by a studio without the support of an external publisher.
A digital distribution platform that focuses on providing DRM-free computer games, both old and new.
The floppy disk is a symbol for saving data that originated back when floppies were still the dominant format for computer games, but has persisted long after the technology became obsolete.
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.
A single game may use multiple art styles. For example, Comic Jumper switches its levels between art styles inspired by comics, and Rock of Ages has its stages take on the style of various art periods.
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.
A public testing period is, or has been, offered for the general public prior to sale or general availability. Access is generally granted through giveaways, preorders, or crowd-funding rewards.
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