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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.
Fighting games which include a roster that consists entirely of women.
Levels that progress forward by themselves at a fixed rate.
A type of feline monster from Japanese folklore.
Bookworms are the characters who always have their face buried between the pages of a book. It doesn't matter if it's a mystic spellbook or just a tattered paperback, they'd rather read about an epic adventure than have one.
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.
A philosophical and religious system based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama.
A style of gameplay where players must navigate a vast stream of projectiles.
A bullet pattern is a top-down or side-view barrage of bullets, in a repeating pattern, that the player must dodge (or in some cases the player must hit the bullets).
A non-interactive sequence within a game most often used for plot advancement.
Sometimes you want a challenge, sometimes you wanna coast.
Bad things come in twos. In video games you will often run into two villains who are inseparable and you will inevitably have to fight both of them at once.
Downloadable Content adds new features and content to already-distributed video games via the Internet. Examples include new maps for FPS games, new songs for rhythm games, and new cars for racing games.
Carefully exploring a large, labyrinthine area full of enemies (i.e., a dungeon) in the hopes of finding treasure, leveling up, or completing a specific task. Having their roots in tabletop games, video game dungeon crawls are found almost exclusively in RPGs.
Fairies appear in many games, usually as a race that will assist players with magic. Fairies are almost exclusively female.
Gothic Lolita is a fashion sense based on styles from England's Victorian era which has developed in Japan, particularly in Tokyo.
An act most commonly found in top down shooters where bullets/danmaku touches your character model but not your hit box. Some games give bonus points for the act of grazing.
Whether a character never ages or is invincible, immortality represents the inability to die. Sometimes this is a blessing, sometimes it is a curse. Either way it usually makes for an interesting game mechanic.
“Indie” or “independently developed” games are video games which are developed by a studio without the support of an external publisher.
Hopping Chinese vampires that suck life force.
A type of water sprite found in Japanese folklore.
Foxes of Japanese folklore capable of magic such as shape-shifting. Their power and age are said to correlate with the number of tails they possess.
The concept of affecting the universe through supernatural methods, breaking the fundamental laws of science.
Maids are female domestic servants or cleaning staff.
From Beat-em-ups to fighting games to modern FPS, one dude hitting another has made an enjoyable pastime.
Multiple endings is a term used to describe different outcomes or conclusions to a game based on the previous actions of the player.
Multipliers award players for playing well continuously. Racking up multipliers is crucial in any point based game in which they are featured.
Oni are a type of ogre/demonic creature from Japanese folklore. They are known for attacking and pillaging villages.
Games which allow players to interact with others over the internet.
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