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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.
Instrumental music, often electronic, that does not follow conventional music structures, instead using various sounds to create a mood. Ambient music can evoke many different feelings in the listener, from tranquility to creeping dread.
This concept occurs in many RPGs and Sci-Fi games. The Ancient Advanced Civilization Technology is often a giant weapon (Halo Rings, Giant of Babil, etc.) that becomes a major plot focus in the stories of these games.
The lowest of all the angelic orders, angels are tasked with delivering God's messages to humans in addition to being personal guardians. Angel has also become a generic term for any such kind of heavenly being.
Animals that follow you or help you on your journey.
A protagonist who lacks some or all of the qualities traditionally seen as heroic.
The inverse of an anti-hero. An anti-villain is a villain that portrays him/herself as someone who is just and altruistic while is secretly working towards an otherwise nefarious and villainous goal. Common archetypes of anti-villains are politicians and religious figures who craft a wholesome and good-natured image to hide their evil intentions; this may even sometimes include doing good deeds, but only as a temporary measure to potentially further their true ambitions.
An immature childish person. It wears diapers and whines a lot, much like old folks. Babies are considered cute by most people.
When a character is naked, but does not have nipples or any form of genitalia.
Hiding items, rooms, and all kinds of things behind waterfalls is one of the oldest concepts in the history of games.
A boss fight is a culminating challenge that pits the player against one or more enemies representing a greater threat and/or difficulty than those previously faced. These scenarios typically feature unique antagonists.
When players must fight all of the bosses of the game at once. This can either be an optional mode, or a required sequence. Boss Rush can also mean a game where the player only fights bosses.
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 character who gets washed ashore on some island or other remote place.
Sometimes the writers will deliberately slip the title of the game into dialogue to show off how witty they are.
A chicken is a small, domesticated flightless bird that can be white, yellow, brown or black. A female is a hen, a male a rooster, and a baby a chick.
The concept of building a single city and its respective houses/institutions (e.g. Sim City) or building cities as part of an extending empire (e.g. Civilization).
Collectibles are items such as coins, rings, gems, packages etc. that can be gathered, usually for some kind of reward, or sometimes to simply beat a level. Often (almost too often) the source of earning achievements and trophies on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Games involving any form of vehicular crash landing or emergency landing.
An attack that does more damage than usual, usually affected by random chance and some sort of modifier.
A specific number that briefly floats above an enemy after an attack which displays the exact amount of damage the attack has done.
One or more events from someone's past that negatively affected them. Plenty of video game characters have such pasts.
In a franchise, it entails the second game that takes on a gritty and dark tone to distinguish it from the first.
Environments cycle between day and night, often with effects on other aspects of the game.
"Dear Diary, this entry is addressed to myself, given that soon I will likely suffer a bump to the head, drink a mysterious substance, be attacked by a psychic, or do one of many other things that can cause me to forget about what it is I'm writing right now."
Many RPGs and survival horror games have the player find diaries written by people that were slowly transforming into monsters or zombies. Somehow, they make sure to keep writing in their diary, right up until they're no longer human, so that the player can read their mindlessly violent final thoughts.
The main line of distinction between victory or failure in video games, death is the process of a biological being ceasing to be alive.
When the developers of a video game include a replica of their own office in the game, usually as an Easter Egg.
Whether it's a section of a game, a mission prelude or just a scary premonition; dreams are a common occurrence within video games.
Duality discusses the conflict between two opposite forces and their struggle. Those two forces may also complement each other or are the two sides of a scale and must be balanced.
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