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Belt scrolling is a 2D perspective, side-scrolling action with downward camera angle. The character is able to move not only sideways, but also vertically within a limited area, giving pseudo-3D depth. Mostly used by beat 'em up brawlers, this term is mainly used in Japan and comes from the conveyor belt like viewpoint.
The CP System is a family of arcade system hardware manufactured by Capcom for their arcade games from 1988 to 1999, including the Street Fighter II and Street Fighter III games.
A "cute'em up" is a branch of the shoot'em up genre of video games that involve weird or cute enemies and protagonists. Game titles that would fall into this genre include Parodius, Twinbee, and Gunbird.
Game Over originally appeared in pinball machines, and later, arcade machines. When players lose at a game, it is game over.
A concept SNK used during the last years of Neo-Geo games. These games had over 500 megabits in the game cartridge. They were made to compete with Capcom's CPS-3 technology.
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.
A situation where the player-controlled character loses their life immediately. The quickness of that demise is often a stark departure from the balance of power, and sometimes the rules, established by the developers during the rest of the game.
The opposite of open-ended gameplay, linear gameplay uses scripted events, Quick time events, cut scenes, and a restricted path to tell a story exactly how the writer intends, and control elements of the action.
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.
The Namco Super Pac-Man is an 8-bit arcade system board that was initially used by Namco in 1982. It was the company's first board to use a Motorola M6809 processor (using two of them) instead of a Zilog Z80.
In some of the older platforming games, the protagonist had no choice but to advance.
An on-rails game behaves much like a train: while sometimes the player can choose which path he goes down, he cannot deviate from it. Sometimes on-rails games even go so far as to decide when the player moves.
Power Ups can be used to give the controlling character, or any other character, temporary or permanent upgrades.
A shooter in which the player movement is restricted so they can only follow a linear, predetermined path. This style of game is considered very "arcadey" and is usually accompanied by a lightgun.
The proprietary game engine(s) used by the indie games designed using the RPG Maker series of game development software.
Sega VCO Object, also known as Sega Z80-3D system, was an arcade system board released by Sega in 1981. It was the first system specifically designed for pseudo-3D sprite-scaling graphics. In 1982, it was also the first system to support active-shutter stereoscopic 3D.
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 game perspective that views the action from above, commonly at a fixed position and/or rotation.
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