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Gaming Terms

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Refers to techniques used in computer and video games to produce the illusion of intelligence in the behavior of non-player characters
Anime An abbreviation of the word "animation" and is used to describe animated movie and video content that originates in Japan
Console The generic term for video games hardware that is plugged into a television, such as PlayStation, Nintendo Wii, or Xbox
Cut Scene A non-interactive narrative scene that is used to break up game play, and further the story of the game
Entertainment Software Association (ESA) The U.S. association exclusively dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of companies that publish video and computer games for video consoles, personal computers, and the internet
ESRB Rating The ESRB rating system is an unbiased standardized way to help you determine whether a video game is appropriate for your child
Frames Per Second (FPS) The measurement for the number of times an image is updated each second in a game
Game Screens Still images of the game, seen online or in magazines
Genre A video game genre is defined by a set of game play challenges
Gone Gold This gaming term means that a new video game is complete, and has been submitted for manufacturing
Grind A term used to describe the repetitive game play that must be endured to gain access to later stages of a game
Janky A derogatory term used to describe something that is "not quite right"
Level Generic terms used to describe a contained, sequential portion of game play
Loot Stuff collected or "won" when successfully completing parts of game
Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) A type of online game in which a large number of people can participate
Platform Video game genre characterized by jumping to and from suspended stands or over obstacles
Quest A task given to the player with a game, often yielding some form of reward
Realm A description used in online games to describe a game world that only exists for the players within it
Role Playing Game (RPG) Players take responsibility for acting out these roles within a narrative
Screen Shot A screenshot or screen capture is an image taken by the computer to record the visible items displayed on the monitor, television, or another visual output device
Strategy Video games focus on game play requiring careful and skillful thinking and planning in order to achieve victory
Top-down A description of a game in which the action is viewed from above
YOYO Your on your own
Created by: jcorbin15