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Gaming Terminology

1st person – You see the game through the eyes of the character you are playing


1st Person/3rd Person Option The camera choice in a game, where you can choose between seeing the game through the eyes of your character (1st person), or see your character and have the camera placed behind you.


3rd person - Where the point of view used allows the player to see his playable character, typically from behind.


Action Adventure - The action adventure is exemplified in games that have large and detailed worlds to explore, a range of options in terms of possible actions and some level of non-linearity in terms of plot**


Action RPG - A Role Playing Game mixed with Action Adventure. While these games retain many RPG Elements such as experience, levels, statistics, giant inventories, and sometimes even random battles, the game play is primarily that of action. You run up to an enemy and hit it with your sword, rather than selecting the "Attack" action from a menu.**


Adventure - A game genre characterized by puzzle-solving, exploration, and narrative, and a total (or near-total) absence of randomized combat.**


Arcade style - Arcade games often have very short levels, simple and intuitive control schemes, and rapidly increasing difficulty. This is due to the environment of the Arcade, where the player is essentially renting the game for as long as whose in-game avatar can stay alive


Co-op – Co-operative game play involving two or more players.  Typically included shared screen and/or Split Screen.  Co-op game play typical included teamwork through a liner story line


Console The Console is the actual game system(PS3, Xbox 360, Wii etc…)


Fantasy - is a genre that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, and/or setting. Many works within the genre take place on fictional planes or planets where magic is common. Fantasy is generally distinguished from science fiction and horror by the expectation that it steers clear of scientific and macabre themes, respectively, though there is a great deal of overlap between the three (which are subgenres of speculative fiction). ***


Free Roam A game where there is not a liner storyline, in the way that you can move freely around the map and do not have to be engaged in a mission or quest to explore. Typically these games let you select what mission you will tackle, and in what order.


Fighting - Fighting games are typically styled after martial arts tournaments, with a number of selectable characters competing in one on one, or tag team style fights.**


Hack and Slash – Close combat game play with short ranged weapons against a large number of enemies, common with button.


Light Gun - A type of video game where the player uses a pointing device in the shape of a gun to shoot at targets onscreen. In many cases, the targeting sensor is built into the gun itself, and the moving targets light up, instead of the other way around. Most light gun games double as "on-rails shooters", in that the player's path is fixed and he/she can proceed only after all hostiles have been eliminated.**


Liner Story Line -  A story line that the player has no control over outcome and follows a logical sequence of events.


Local – You game is completely limited to your system and it’s controllers


Mii – The character that you make on the Wii system that you can play as in some games and on the Wii system


Multiplayer – A game that more than one person can play at the same time, Typically in competition or player versus player


Mini game – A collection short games with various play styles, an example would be them Mario Party series


Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection - (commonly abbreviated WFC) is an online multiplayer gaming service run by Nintendo to provide free online play in compatible Nintendo DS and Wii games.


Nunchuk The Wiimote add on controller that has the Analog, C and Z buttons, it ia called the Nunchuk because when attached to the Wiimote it make them look like a set on Nunchuk


NTSC The North American compatibility code. If you see this code on a game or System then that item will only work in North American, or with North American products.


Online – Games played over the internet that are run through the systems networks (PSN, Xbox Live, Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection).


Party game – Low intensity games, with inconsonant game play, designed to be played with multiple people typically in a multiplayer fashion


Platformer - A style of game play typified by a mix of running, jumping, and fighting. The style of game often includes item collection within the game world. A classic example of a “platformer” or “platform game” is the Super Mario series of games.


Post Apocalyptic – Typically a survival game set in a ruined world


PSN - Abbreviation for the “PlayStation Network,” the free online service that can be accessed from the PlayStation 3. The service covers two key areas of connectivity, the first is the ability to play online multiplayer games, and manage a list of friends you like to play with, and the second is the PlayStation Store. From the store, players can download demos and videos of games, as well as purchase full products for both the PlayStation 3, and the PSP. Additionally, add-ons and expansion packs for existing games can also be purchased and downloaded from the store


Pwned - Pronounced "pone-ed" implies domination or humiliation of a rival, most often seen in BINGO's reviews.


PVP - Abbreviation for "player versus player."


Rail Shooter - A variant of either first person or third person shooter, in a rail shooter the computer controls most of your movement and you control the shots.**


RPG  A role-playing video game (RPG) is a computer or video game where the player controls one or several characters, and achieves victory by completing a series of quests. A key feature of the genre is that characters grow in power and abilities, and characters are typically designed by the player. Players explore a game world, while solving puzzles and engaging in tactical combat.*


Shared/Split Screen – Shared screen is when you are playing a multiplayer game with someone in local play and are sharing your TV screen with them. This is typically done with a horizontal line in the middle of the screen that separates the two views. Normally player one is on the top and player two is on the bottom.


Skin - The outward appearance of something, whether a character in a game, or even a piece of gaming hardware. "Reskinning" something involves applying a new appearance to it.


Side Scrolling - A game where the action is typically rendered using two-dimensional graphics in a scene that “scrolls” by from left to right.


SRPG – Role Playing Game that is based around the strategy elements (example: Final Fantasy Tactics).


Street Racing Games that take place on open streets, often with other traffic and pedestrians. These games tend to be less realistic then Track games but tend to offer far more car customization features.


Survival Horror - A genre of game where players must survive against hordes of undead, or supernatural enemies, popularized by the Resident Evil franchise.


Sword Fighting A game where your main weapon is a Sword, or other melee weapon. Some games, mostly on the Wii, allow you to use the controller as the sword to add to the feel of the game.


System link - A form of offline multiplayer gaming on the Xbox and Xbox 360 gaming console over a LAN (local area network).


Tactical A game element that requires thought and strategy,  this is a part of the game you need to plan and use all of the elements at your disposal.


Team Based This is a style of game where success can be achieved only (or mainly) through team work. These games are typical mean to be co-op games, but are not limited to them.


Track Racing Racing games that take place on mostly closed course tracks, typically these games have a more realistic driving feel


Vehicular Combat This style of game you are in a car, often laded with weapons, and you are trying to destroy the other cars before they destroy you, mainly a survival game.


Wiimote - Nickname for the Nintendo Wii remote controller. The Wiimote is a slim, wireless unit that is unique for both its simplicity, and it’s motion-sensing capability.


Wrestling - A Wrestling Game is a Fighting Game designed to mimic the bouts seen in Professional Wrestling. It lacks the flashy special moves often seen in fighters, and instead emphasizes a system based around grapples, holds, and throws. Most wrestling games are Licensed Games, bearing a license from a real-world wrestling federation and using its wrestlers and storylines.**


XBOX live - Microsoft’s online gaming service for the Xbox 360 (and original Xbox) console. The service comes in two flavors; “Silver” which is free, and allows players to go online, download content, and connect with other players over text, audio or video chat. The “Gold” level is $7.99 a month (or $49.99) in the United States, and gives players the ability to play online against other Gold subscribers.



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