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A role-playing video game (commonly referred to as simply a role-playing game or an RPG as well as a computer role-playing game or a CRPG) is a video game genre where the player controls the actions of a character (and/or several party members) immersed in some well-defined world. [1]

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A K Peters

A K Peters, Ltd. was a publisher of scientific and technical books, specializing in mathematics and in computer graphics, robotics, and other fields of computer science.

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Action game

The action game is a video game genre that emphasizes physical challenges, including hand–eye coordination and reaction-time.

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Action role-playing game

Action role-playing video games (abbreviated action RPG or ARPG) are a subgenre of role-playing video games.

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Action-adventure game

The action-adventure video game genre includes video games that combine core elements from the action and adventure genres.

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Adventure game

An adventure game is a video game in which the player assumes the role of a protagonist in an interactive story driven by exploration and puzzle-solving.

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Akalabeth: World of Doom

Akalabeth: World of Doom is a role-playing video game that had a limited release in 1979 and was then published by California Pacific Computer Company for the Apple II in 1980.

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Ancient Domains of Mystery

Ancient Domains of Mystery (ADOM) is a roguelike video game, designed and developed by Thomas Biskup, which was first released in.

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Androgyny

Androgyny is the combination of masculine and feminine characteristics.

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Angband (video game)

Angband is a dungeon-crawling roguelike computer game derived from Umoria.

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Anime

Anime is a style of hand-drawn and computer animation originating in, and commonly associated with, Japan.

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Arcade game

An arcade game or coin-op is a coin-operated entertainment machine typically installed in public businesses such as restaurants, bars and amusement arcades.

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Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura

Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura is a 2001 role-playing video game developed by Troika Games and published by Sierra On-Line.

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Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI, also machine intelligence, MI) is intelligence demonstrated by machines, in contrast to the natural intelligence (NI) displayed by humans and other animals.

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ASCII

ASCII, abbreviated from American Standard Code for Information Interchange, is a character encoding standard for electronic communication.

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Atari 2600

The Atari 2600 (or Atari Video Computer System before November 1982) is a home video game console from Atari, Inc. Released on September 11, 1977, it is credited with popularizing the use of microprocessor-based hardware and games contained on ROM cartridges, a format first used with the Fairchild Channel F in 1976.

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Avatar (computing)

In computing, an avatar is the graphical representation of the user or the user's alter ego or character.

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Baldur's Gate

Baldur's Gate is a fantasy role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published in 1998 by Interplay Entertainment.

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Baldur's Gate (series)

Baldur's Gate is a series of role-playing video games set in the Forgotten Realms Dungeons & Dragons campaign setting.

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Barbican Centre

The Barbican Centre is a performing arts centre in the Barbican Estate of the City of London and the largest of its kind in Europe.

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Basic Role-Playing

Basic Role-Playing (BRP) is a role-playing game system which originated in the RuneQuest fantasy role-playing game.

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Bethesda Game Studios

Bethesda Game Studios (BGS) is an American video game developer and a division of Bethesda Softworks based in Rockville, Maryland.

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Bethesda Softworks

Bethesda Softworks LLC is an American video game publisher based in Rockville, Maryland.

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Betrayal at Krondor

Betrayal at Krondor is an MS-DOS-based role-playing video game developed by Dynamix and published by Sierra On-Line in the summer of 1993; it was re-released in 2010 on GOG.com with support for Windows.

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BioWare

BioWare is a Canadian video game developer located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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Bishōnen

is a Japanese term literally meaning "beautiful youth (boy)" and describes an aesthetic that can be found in disparate areas in East Asia: a young man whose beauty (and sexual appeal) transcends the boundary of gender or sexual orientation.

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Blasphemy

Blasphemy is the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence to a deity, or sacred things, or toward something considered sacred or inviolable.

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Blizzard Entertainment

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. is an American video game developer and publisher based in Irvine, California, and is a subsidiary of the American company Activision Blizzard.

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Blizzard North

Blizzard North was the Bay Area division of Blizzard Entertainment, known for its ''Diablo'' series.

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Bokosuka Wars

is a 1983 action-strategy role-playing video game developed by Kōji Sumii (住井浩司) and released by ASCII for the Sharp X1 computer, followed by ports to the MSX, FM-7, NEC PC-6001, NEC PC-8801 and NEC PC-9801 computer platforms, as well as an altered version released for the Family Computer console and later the Virtual Console service.

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Borderlands (video game)

Borderlands is an open world action role-playing first-person shooter video game that was developed by Gearbox Software for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Shield Android TV.

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Boss (video gaming)

In video gaming, a boss is a significant computer-controlled enemy.

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Brenda Romero

Brenda Louise Romero (née Garno, born October 12, 1966), previously known as Brenda Brathwaite, is an American game designer and developer in the video game industry.

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Campaign setting

A campaign setting is usually a fictional world which serves as a setting for a role-playing game or wargame campaign.

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Catholic Church

The Catholic Church, also known as the Roman Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with more than 1.299 billion members worldwide.

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CD Projekt

CD Projekt S.A. is a Polish video game publisher and distributor based in Warsaw, founded in May 1994 by Marcin Iwiński and Michał Kiciński.

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Cengage

Cengage is an educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education, K-12, professional, and library markets worldwide.

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Chainmail (game)

Chainmail is a medieval miniature wargame created by Gary Gygax and Jeff Perren.

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Character creation

Character creation (also character generation or character design) is the process of defining a game character or other character.

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Characterization

Characterization or characterisation is the representation of persons (or other beings or creatures) in narrative and dramatic works of art.

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Chess

Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an 8×8 grid.

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Chibi (slang)

is a Japanese slang word describing something short (a thing, an animal or a person).

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Christianity

ChristianityFrom Ancient Greek Χριστός Khristós (Latinized as Christus), translating Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ, Māšîăḥ, meaning "the anointed one", with the Latin suffixes -ian and -itas.

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Chrono Trigger

is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1995.

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CLOAD

CLOAD was a magazine on cassette for the TRS-80 Model I computer, and was a forerunner of the later concept of disk magazines.

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Colossal Cave Adventure

Colossal Cave Adventure (also known as ADVENT, Colossal Cave, or Adventure) is a text adventure game, developed originally in 1976, by Will Crowther for the PDP-10 mainframe.

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Computer Gaming World

Computer Gaming World (CGW) was an American computer game magazine published between 1981 and 2006.

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Computer keyboard

In computing, a computer keyboard is a typewriter-style device which uses an arrangement of buttons or keys to act as mechanical levers or electronic switches.

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Computer-generated imagery

Computer-generated imagery (CGI) is the application of computer graphics to create or contribute to images in art, printed media, video games, films, television programs, shorts, commercials, videos, and simulators.

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Cooperative gameplay

Cooperative gameplay (often abbreviated as co-op) is a feature in video games that allows players to work together as teammates, usually against one or more AI opponents.

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Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.

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Culture of Japan

The culture of Japan has evolved greatly over the millennia, from the country's prehistoric time Jōmon period, to its contemporary modern culture, which absorbs influences from Asia, Europe, and North America.

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Cutscene

A cutscene or event scene (sometimes in-game cinematic or in-game movie) is a sequence in a video game that is not interactive, breaking up the gameplay.

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Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 is an upcoming role-playing video game developed and published by CD Projekt, releasing for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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Dark Sun: Wake of the Ravager

Dark Sun: Wake of the Ravager is a role-playing video game developed and published by Strategic Simulations in 1994 for the MS-DOS operating system.

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Dead State

Dead State is a turn-based survival horror role-playing video game developed by DoubleBear Productions and Iron Tower Studio set in a zombie apocalypse scenario.

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Defender of the Crown

Defender of the Crown is a strategy computer game designed by Kellyn Beck.

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Deus Ex

Deus Ex is a series of action role-playing first-person shooter stealth video games.

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Deus Ex (video game)

Deus Ex is a 2000 action role-playing video game developed by Ion Storm and published by Eidos Interactive.

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Diablo (series)

Diablo is an action role-playing hack and slash dungeon crawler video game series developed by Blizzard Entertainment (and Blizzard North).

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Diablo (video game)

Diablo is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by Blizzard North and released by Blizzard Entertainment on December 31, 1996.

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Diablo II

Diablo II is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by Blizzard North and published by Blizzard Entertainment in 2000 for Microsoft Windows, Classic Mac OS, and Mac OS X. The game, with its dark fantasy and horror themes, was conceptualized and designed by David Brevik and Erich Schaefer, who with Max Schaefer acted as project leads on the game.

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Diablo III

Diablo III is a dungeon crawler action role-playing video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment.

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Dialogue tree

A dialogue tree, or conversation tree, is a gameplay mechanic that is used throughout many adventure games (including action-adventure games) and role-playing video games.

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DikuMUD

DikuMUD is a multiplayer text-based role-playing game, which is a type of MUD.

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Disgaea

is a series of tactical role-playing video games created and developed by Nippon Ichi.

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Divinity: Original Sin

Divinity: Original Sin is a fantasy role-playing video game developed by Larian Studios.

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Dnd (video game)

dnd is a role-playing video game.

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Don Daglow

Don Daglow (born circa 1953) is an American computer game and video game designer, programmer and producer.

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Downloadable content

Downloadable content (DLC) is additional content created for a released video game.

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Dragon (magazine)

Dragon is one of the two official magazines for source material for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game and associated products; Dungeon is the other.

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Dragon Age

Dragon Age is a Canadian dark fantasy role-playing video game series created by BioWare.

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Dragon Quest

Dragon Quest, published as Dragon Warrior in North America until 2005, is a series of console role-playing video games created by Yuji Horii and his studio Armor Project.

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Dragon Quest (video game)

Dragon Quest is the first role-playing video game (RPG) in the Dragon Quest media franchise.

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Dragon Quest III

Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation, originally released as Dragon Warrior III in North America, is a role-playing video game developed by Chunsoft and published by Enix.

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Dragon Quest VIII

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, known in the PAL regions as Dragon Quest: The Journey of the Cursed King, is a role-playing video game developed by Level-5 and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 2.

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Dragon Slayer (series)

is a series of video games developed and published by Nihon Falcom.

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Dragonstomper

Dragonstomper is an Atari 2600 role-playing video game programmed by Stephen Landrum and published in 1982 by Starpath.

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Dungeon (video game)

Dungeon was one of the earliest role-playing video games, running on PDP-10 mainframe computers manufactured by Digital Equipment Corporation.

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Dungeon crawl

A dungeon crawl is a type of scenario in fantasy role-playing games in which heroes navigate a labyrinthine environment (a "dungeon"), battling various monsters, and looting any treasure they may find.

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Dungeon Master (video game)

Dungeon Master is a realtime role-playing video game featuring a pseudo-3D first-person perspective.

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Dungeon Siege

Dungeon Siege is an action role-playing video game developed by Gas Powered Games and published by Microsoft in April 2002, for Microsoft Windows, and the following year by Destineer for Mac OS X. Set in the pseudo-medieval kingdom of Ehb, the high fantasy game follows a young farmer and his companions as they journey to defeat an invading force.

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Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&DMead, Malcomson; ''Dungeons & Dragons'' FAQ or DnD) is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game (RPG) originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson.

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Dungeons of Daggorath

Dungeons of Daggorath is one of the first real-time, first-person perspective role-playing video games.

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Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) is an American video game company headquartered in Redwood City, California.

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Electronic Entertainment Expo

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, commonly referred to as E3, is a premier trade event for the video game industry.

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Electronic Gaming Monthly

Electronic Gaming Monthly (often abbreviated to EGM) is a monthly American video game magazine.

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Elminage

Elminage (エルミナージュ) is a series of Japanese fantasy role-playing video games being published by Starfish SD since 2008.

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Empire (film magazine)

Empire is a British film magazine published monthly by Bauer Consumer Media of Hamburg based Bauer Media Group.

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Emulator

In computing, an emulator is hardware or software that enables one computer system (called the host) to behave like another computer system (called the guest).

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Epic (genre)

An epic is traditionally a genre of poetry, known as epic poetry.

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Epic of Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia that is often regarded as the earliest surviving great work of literature.

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Epic poetry

An epic poem, epic, epos, or epopee is a lengthy narrative poem, ordinarily involving a time beyond living memory in which occurred the extraordinary doings of the extraordinary men and women who, in dealings with the gods or other superhuman forces, gave shape to the moral universe that their descendants, the poet and his audience, must understand to understand themselves as a people or nation.

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Etrian Odyssey

Etrian Odyssey is a dungeon crawler role-playing video game series.

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Eve Online

Eve Online (stylised EVE Online) is a space-based, persistent world massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed and published by CCP Games.

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EverQuest

EverQuest is a 3D fantasy-themed massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed and published by Sony Online Entertainment, and released on March 16, 1999.

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Experience point

An experience point (often abbreviated to exp or XP) is a unit of measurement used in tabletop role-playing games (RPGs) and role-playing video games to quantify a player character's progression through the game.

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Extra Credits

Extra Credits is a video lesson series currently presented by game designer James Portnow, narrator Matt Krol, and artists David "D" Hueso, Lilienne "Lil" Chan, Scott DeWitt, Nick DeWitt, and Dan Jones.

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Eye of the Beholder (video game)

Eye of the Beholder is a role-playing video game for computers and video game consoles developed by Westwood Associates.

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Fable (2004 video game)

Fable is an action role-playing video game, the first in the ''Fable'' series.

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Fallout (series)

Fallout is a series of post-apocalyptic role-playing video games.

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Fallout (video game)

Fallout: A Post Nuclear Role Playing Game is an open world turn-based role-playing video game developed and published by Interplay Productions in 1997.

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Fallout 2

Fallout 2: A Post Nuclear Role Playing Game is a turn-based role-playing open world video game developed by Black Isle Studios and published by Interplay Productions in September 1998.

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Fallout 3

Fallout 3 is a post-apocalyptic action role-playing open world video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks.

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Fallout 4

Fallout 4 is a post-apocalyptic action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks.

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Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel

Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel is a turn-based real-time tactical role-playing game set in the post-apocalyptic Fallout universe.

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Fallout: New Vegas

Fallout: New Vegas is a post-apocalyptic action role-playing video game.

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Family Computer Disk System

The, sometimes shortened as the or simply the, and abbreviated as the FDS or FCD, is a peripheral for Nintendo's Family Computer home video game console, released only in Japan on February 21, 1986.

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Famitsu

is a line of Japanese video game magazines published by Enterbrain, Inc. and Tokuma.

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Fantasy

Fantasy is a genre of speculative fiction set in a fictional universe, often without any locations, events, or people referencing the real world.

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Fate (video game)

Fate is a 2005 single-player action role-playing game originally released for the PC by WildTangent.

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Faxanadu

is an action role-playing platform-adventure video game for the Family Computer (Famicom) and Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).

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Fifth generation of video game consoles

The fifth-generation era (also known as the 32-bit era, the 64-bit era and the 3D era) refers to computer and video games, video game consoles and video game handhelds from approximately 1993 to 2001.

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Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy is a science fiction and fantasy media franchise created by Hironobu Sakaguchi, and developed and owned by Square Enix (formerly Square).

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Final Fantasy IV

, known as Final Fantasy II for its initial North American release (and not to be confused with the original Japanese Final Fantasy II), is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square (now Square Enix) for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

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Final Fantasy Tactics

is a tactical role-playing game developed and published by Squaresoft (later changed to Square and now Square Enix) for the Sony PlayStation video game console.

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Final Fantasy VI

Final Fantasy VI, also known as Final Fantasy III for its initial North American release, is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

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Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII is a 1997 role-playing video game developed by Square for the PlayStation console.

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Final Fantasy X

is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square as the tenth entry in the Final Fantasy series.

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Final Fantasy XI

Final Fantasy XI, also known as Final Fantasy XI Online, is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), developed and published by Square (later Square Enix) as part of the Final Fantasy series.

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Final Fantasy XII

is a fantasy role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 2 home video console.

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Final Fantasy XIII

is a science fiction role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles and later for the Microsoft Windows operating system.

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Fire Emblem

Fire Emblem is a tactical role-playing game franchise developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo.

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First-person (gaming)

In video games, the first person refers to a graphical perspective rendered from the viewpoint of the player's character.

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First-person shooter

First-person shooter (FPS) is a video game genre centered around gun and other weapon-based combat in a first-person perspective; that is, the player experiences the action through the eyes of the protagonist.

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Focal Press

Focal Press is a publisher of media technology books and it is an imprint of Taylor & Francis.

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Fourth generation of video game consoles

In the history of computer and video games, the fourth generation (more commonly referred to as the 16-bit era) of games consoles began on October 30, 1987 with the Japanese release of NEC Home Electronics' PC Engine (known as the TurboGrafx-16 in North America).

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FromSoftware

FromSoftware, Inc. is a Japanese video game development company founded in November 1986.

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Front Mission Evolved

is a third-person shooter video game developed by Double Helix Games and published by Square Enix.

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Full motion video

A full motion video (FMV) is a video game narration technique that relies upon pre-recorded video files (rather than sprites, vectors, or 3D models) to display action in the game.

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Gamasutra

Gamasutra is a website founded in 1997 that focuses on all aspects of video game development.

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Game controller

A game controller is a device used with games or entertainment systems to provide input to a video game, typically to control an object or character in the game.

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Game development tool

A game development tool is a specialized software application that assists or facilitates the making of a video game.

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Game engine

A game engine is a software development environment designed for people to build video games.

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Game Informer

Game Informer (GI) is an American monthly video game magazine featuring articles, news, strategy, and reviews of video games and associated consoles.

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Game mechanics

Game mechanics are constructs of rules or methods designed for interaction with the game state, thus providing gameplay.

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Game On (exhibition)

Game On is the first major international touring exhibition to explore the history and culture of computer games.

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GameFAQs

GameFAQs is a website that hosts FAQs and walkthroughs for video games.

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Gamemaster

A gamemaster (GM; also known as game master, game manager, game moderator or referee) is a person who acts as an organizer, officiant for questions regarding rules, arbitrator, and moderator for a multiplayer role-playing game.

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Gamepad

A gamepad, joypad, or simply controller is a type of game controller held in two hands, where the fingers (especially thumbs) are used to provide input.

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Gameplay

Gameplay is the specific way in which players interact with a game, and in particular with video games.

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GamePro

GamePro was an American multiplatform video game magazine media company that published online and print content covering the video game industry, video game hardware and video game software.

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GameRankings

GameRankings is a website that collects review scores from both offline and online sources to give an average rating.

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GameSpot

GameSpot is a video gaming website that provides news, reviews, previews, downloads, and other information on video games.

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GameSpy

GameSpy was a provider of online multiplayer and matchmaking middleware for video games.

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Geneforge (series)

Geneforge is a series of demoware role-playing video games by Jeff Vogel of Spiderweb Software released for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS systems.

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God in Abrahamic religions

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are sometimes called Abrahamic religions because they all accept the tradition of a god, Yahweh, that revealed himself to the prophet Abraham.

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Gold Box

Gold Box is a series of role-playing video games produced by SSI from 1988 to 1992.

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Golden Age

The term Golden Age comes from Greek mythology, particularly the Works and Days of Hesiod, and is part of the description of temporal decline of the state of peoples through five Ages, Gold being the first and the one during which the Golden Race of humanity (chrýseon génos) lived.

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Gothic (series)

Gothic is an action role-playing game franchise, created and owned by Piranha Bytes.

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Grand Theft Auto

Grand Theft Auto (GTA) is an action-adventure video game series created by David Jones and Mike Dailly; the later titles of which were created by brothers Dan and Sam Houser, Leslie Benzies and Aaron Garbut.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is an action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games.

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Greg Zeschuk

Gregory P. Zeschuk is a former VP at Electronic Arts and General Manager at BioWare Austin.

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Guinness World Records

Guinness World Records, known from its inception in 1955 until 2000 as The Guinness Book of Records and in previous United States editions as The Guinness Book of World Records, is a reference book published annually, listing world records both of human achievements and the extremes of the natural world.

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Hack (video game)

Hack is a 1982 roguelike video game that introduced shops as gameplay elements and expanded available monsters, items, and spells.

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Hack and slash

Hack and slash, or hack and slay (H&S or HnS), refers to a type of gameplay that emphasizes combat.

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Handheld game console

A handheld game console is a small, portable self-contained video game console with a built-in screen, game controls, and speakers.

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Hellgate: London

Hellgate: London is a dark fantasy themed action role-playing game originally developed by Flagship Studios, released on October 31, 2007.

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Heroes of Might and Magic

Might & Magic Heroes (formerly Heroes of Might and Magic) is a series of video games originally created and developed by Jon Van Caneghem through New World Computing.

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High fantasy

High fantasy or epic fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy, defined either by the epic nature of its setting or by the epic stature of its characters, themes, or plot.

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Hironobu Sakaguchi

(born November 25, 1962) is a Japanese video game designer, director, producer, writer, and film director.

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History of Eastern role-playing video games

Eastern role-playing video games (RPGs) are RPGs developed in East Asia.

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History of Western role-playing video games

Western role-playing video games are role-playing video games developed in the Western world, including The Americas and Europe.

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Icewind Dale (series)

Icewind Dale is a role-playing video game series developed by Black Isle Studios.

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IGN

IGN (formerly Imagine Games Network) is an American video game and entertainment media company operated by IGN Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Ziff Davis wholly owned by j2 Global.

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Immersion (virtual reality)

Immersion into virtual reality is a perception of being physically present in a non-physical world.

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Independent video game development

Independent video game development, or indie game development, is the video game development process of creating indie games; these are video games, commonly created by individual or small teams of video game developers and usually without significant financial support of a video game publisher or other outside source.

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Instance dungeon

In massively multiplayer online games, an instance is a special area, typically a dungeon, that generates a new copy of the location for each group, or for a certain number of players, that enters the area.

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Internet

The Internet is the global system of interconnected computer networks that use the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to link devices worldwide.

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Interplay Entertainment

Interplay Entertainment Corp. is an American video game distributor, developer and publisher, founded in 1983 as Interplay Productions by Brian Fargo, Troy Worrell, Jay Patel and Rebecca Heineman.

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Ion Storm

Ion Storm, L.P. was an American video game developer founded by video game industry veterans John Romero and Tom Hall, both formerly of id Software.

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Irrational Games

Irrational Games, LLC (known as 2K Boston, LLC between 2007 and 2009) was an American video game developer founded in 1997 by three former employees of Looking Glass Studios: Ken Levine, Jonathan Chey, and Robert Fermier.

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Isometric graphics in video games and pixel art

In video games and pixel art, "isometric" refers to some form of axonometric projection (commonly, the form of dimetric projection with a 2:1 pixel ratio) where the viewpoint is angled to reveal other facets of the game environment than are typically visible from a purely top-down perspective or side view, thereby producing a three-dimensional effect.

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J. R. R. Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, (Tolkien pronounced his surname, see his phonetic transcription published on the illustration in The Return of the Shadow: The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part One. Christopher Tolkien. London: Unwin Hyman, 1988. (The History of Middle-earth; 6). In General American the surname is also pronounced. This pronunciation no doubt arose by analogy with such words as toll and polka, or because speakers of General American realise as, while often hearing British as; thus or General American become the closest possible approximation to the Received Pronunciation for many American speakers. Wells, John. 1990. Longman pronunciation dictionary. Harlow: Longman, 3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

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Jagged Alliance (series)

Jagged Alliance is a series of turn-based tactics video games.

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Japan

Japan (日本; Nippon or Nihon; formally 日本国 or Nihon-koku, lit. "State of Japan") is a sovereign island country in East Asia.

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Joystiq

Joystiq was a video gaming blog founded in June 2004 as part of the Weblogs, Inc. family of weblogs, now owned by AOL.

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Katsura Hashino

is a Japanese video game director and producer, best known for working on the Persona role-playing game series by Atlus.

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Kawaii

is the culture of cuteness in Japan.

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Kickstarter

Kickstarter is an American public-benefit corporation based in Brooklyn, New York, that maintains a global crowdfunding platform focused on creativity and merchandising.

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Kill stealing

In multiplayer video games, particularly in MOBAs, first-person shooters, MMORPGs and MUDs, kill stealing is the practice of obtaining credit for killing an enemy, when another player has put more effort into the kill.

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Kingdom Hearts

is a series of crossover action role-playing games owned by Disney and developed and published by Square Enix (originally by Square).

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Lands of Lore

Lands of Lore or LoL is a role-playing video game series by Westwood Studios.

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Legend of Grimrock

Legend of Grimrock is an action role-playing game video game developed and published by Almost Human.

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Level (video gaming)

A level, map, area, stage, world, track, board, floor, zone, phase, mission, or course in a video game is the total space available to the player during the course of completing a discrete objective.

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Lineage (video game)

Lineage (리니지) is a medieval fantasy, massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) released in the United States in 1998 by the South Korean computer game developer NCsoft.

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Lionhead Studios

Lionhead Studios Ltd. was a British video game developer founded in July 1997 by Peter Molyneux, Mark Webley, Tim Rance, and Steve Jackson.

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List of best-selling video game franchises

This is a list of video game franchises that have sold or shipped at least five million copies.

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List of TI-99/4A games

This is a list of notable releases for the TI-99/4A.

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Looking Glass Studios

Looking Glass Studios was an American computer game development company during the 1990s.

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Loot system

In video games, a loot system is a method of distributing in-game items amongst a group of players.

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Lords of Xulima

Lords of Xulima is a 2014 role-playing video game developed by Numantian Games, released on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

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LPMud

LPMud, abbreviated LP, is a family of MUD server software.

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Lufia

Lufia, known as in Japan, is a series of role-playing video games developed by Neverland (aside from The Ruins of Lore, which was developed by Atelier Double).

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Magic (gaming)

Magic or mana is an attribute assigned to characters within a role-playing or video game that indicates their power to use special abilities or "spells".

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Mainframe computer

Mainframe computers (colloquially referred to as "big iron") are computers used primarily by large organizations for critical applications; bulk data processing, such as census, industry and consumer statistics, enterprise resource planning; and transaction processing.

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Mana

Mana, in Austronesian languages, means "power", "effectiveness", and "prestige".

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Mana (series)

The Mana series, known in Japan as, is a medieval-fantasy action role-playing game series created by Koichi Ishii, with development formerly from Square, and is currently owned by Square Enix.

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Manga

are comics created in Japan or by creators in the Japanese language, conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century.

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Mass Effect

Mass Effect is a science fiction action role-playing third-person shooter video game series developed by the Canadian company BioWare and released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Microsoft Windows, with the third installment also released on the Wii U. The fourth game was released on Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in March 2017.

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Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 2 is an action role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts.

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Massively multiplayer online role-playing game

Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) are a combination of role-playing video games and massively multiplayer online games in which a very large number of players interact with one another within a virtual world.

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Master System

The is a third-generation home video game console that was manufactured by Sega.

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Megami Tensei

Megami Tensei, marketed internationally as Shin Megami Tensei (formerly Revelations), is a Japanese media franchise created by Kouji Okada (credited as Cozy Okada in English), Ginichiro Suzuki, and Kazunari Suzuki.

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Menzoberranzan (video game)

Menzoberranzan is a 1994 role-playing video game created by Strategic Simulations and DreamForge Intertainment.

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Meridian 59

Meridian 59 is a 1995 video game developed by Archetype Interactive and published by The 3DO Company.

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Metacritic

Metacritic is a website that aggregates reviews of media products: music albums, video games, films, TV shows, and formerly, books.

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Metro (British newspaper)

Metro is the United Kingdom's highest circulation newspaper, published in tabloid format by DMG Media.

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Microcomputer

A microcomputer is a small, relatively inexpensive computer with a microprocessor as its central processing unit (CPU).

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Might & Magic X: Legacy

Might & Magic X: Legacy is the latest installment of the Might and Magic role-playing video game series, announced on March 21, 2013, developed by Limbic Entertainment and published by Ubisoft.

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Might and Magic

Might and Magic is a series of role-playing video games from New World Computing, which in 1996 became a subsidiary of The 3DO Company.

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Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven

Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven, commonly abbreviated to Might and Magic VI or simply MM6, is a role-playing video game developed by New World Computing and published by 3DO in 1998.

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Mini-map

A mini-map or minimap is a miniature map that is often placed at a screen corner in video games to aid players in orienting themselves within the game world.

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Monolith Soft

is a Japanese video game development company.

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Monster Hunter

The franchise is a series of fantasy-themed action role-playing video games that started with the game Monster Hunter for PlayStation 2, released in 2004.

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Moria (video game)

The Dungeons of Moria, or just Moria, is a roguelike computer game inspired by J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings.

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Motomu Toriyama

is a Japanese game director and scenario writer who has been working for Square Enix since 1994.

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MSX

MSX is a standardized home computer architecture, first announced by Microsoft on June 16, 1983, and marketed by Kazuhiko Nishi, then Vice-president at Microsoft Japan and Director at ASCII Corporation.

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MUD

A MUD (originally Multi-User Dungeon, with later variants Multi-User Dimension and Multi-User Domain) is a multiplayer real-time virtual world, usually text-based.

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MUD1

Multi-User Dungeon, or MUD (referred to as MUD1, to distinguish it from its successor, MUD2, and the MUD genre in general) is an early MUD and one of the oldest examples of a virtual world in existence.

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Multiplayer online battle arena

Multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), also known as action real-time strategy (ARTS), is a subgenre of strategy video games that originated as a subgenre of real-time strategy, in which a player controls a single character in a team who compete versus another team of players.

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Multiplayer video game

A multiplayer video game is a video game in which more than one person can play in the same game environment at the same time, either locally or over the internet.

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Mystery Dungeon

Mystery Dungeon is a series of roguelike video games, most of which were developed by Chunsoft (later Spike Chunsoft), but with select titles in the series developed by other companies with Chunsoft's permission.

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National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is an independent agency of the United States federal government that offers support and funding for projects exhibiting artistic excellence.

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NetHack

NetHack is a single-player roguelike video game originally released in 1987 with ASCII graphics.

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Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds

NEXUS: The Kingdom of the Winds (바람의 나라), alternately known as Nexus TK or simply Nexus, is a pay to play MMORPG, currently run in the US by Kru Interactive.

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Nihon Falcom

Nihon Falcom Corporation is a Japanese video game developer founded in 1981.

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Nintendo

Nintendo Co., Ltd. is a Japanese multinational consumer electronics and video game company headquartered in Kyoto.

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Nintendo DS

The Nintendo DS, or simply DS, is a dual-screen handheld game console developed and released by Nintendo.

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Nintendo Entertainment System

The Nintendo Entertainment System (commonly abbreviated as NES) is an 8-bit home video game console that was developed and manufactured by Nintendo.

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Non-player character

A non-player character (NPC) in a game is any character that is not controlled by a player.

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Nonlinear gameplay

A video game with nonlinear gameplay presents players with challenges that can be completed in a number of different sequences.

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Novel

A novel is a relatively long work of narrative fiction, normally in prose, which is typically published as a book.

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Obsidian Entertainment

Obsidian Entertainment, Inc. is an independent American video game developer whose corporate headquarters are located in Irvine, California.

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Odyssey: The Compleat Apventure

Odyssey: The Compleat Apventure was a videogame written by Robert Clardy and released by Synergistic Software in 1980.

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Online game

An online game is a video game that is either partially or primarily played through the Internet or any other computer network available.

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Open world

An open world in video games is a virtual world in which the player can explore and approach objectives freely, as opposed to a world with more linear gameplay.

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Optical disc

In computing and optical disc recording technologies, an optical disc (OD) is a flat, usually circular disc which encodes binary data (bits) in the form of pits (binary value of 0 or off, due to lack of reflection when read) and lands (binary value of 1 or on, due to a reflection when read) on a special material (often aluminium) on one of its flat surfaces.

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Party (role-playing games)

A party of adventurers in ''Tales of Trolls & Treasures''. A party is a group of characters adventuring together in a role-playing game.

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PC bang

A PC bang (Korean: PC방; literally "PC room") is a type of LAN gaming center in South Korea, where patrons can play multiplayer computer games for an hourly fee.

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PC Gamer

PC Gamer is a magazine founded in the United Kingdom in 1993 devoted to PC gaming and published monthly by Future plc.

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PDP-10

The PDP-10 is a mainframe computer family manufactured by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) from 1966 into the 1980s.

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Pedit5

pedit5, alternately called The Dungeon is a 1975 dungeon crawl video game developed for the PLATO system by Rusty Rutherford.

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Penny Arcade

Penny Arcade is a webcomic focused on video games and video game culture, written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik.

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Permadeath

In video games, mostly role-playing games, and in tabletop role-playing game, permadeath, or permanent death, is a gameplay mechanic where the player characters who die are permanently dead and removed from the game and can no longer be used to play.

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Persona (series)

Persona, also known as Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, is a video game franchise developed and primarily published by Atlus.

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Personal computer

A personal computer (PC) is a multi-purpose computer whose size, capabilities, and price make it feasible for individual use.

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Peter Trefonas

Peter Trefonas (born 1958) is a corporate fellow (a senior scientist) at The Dow Chemical Company, where he works on the development of electronic materials.

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Phantasie

Phantasie is a fantasy role-playing video game series designed by Winston Douglas Wood and published by Strategic Simulations in 1985.

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Phantasy Star

is a series of console role-playing video games and other supplementary media created by Sega.

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Phantasy Star (video game)

is a role-playing video game developed by Sega and released for the Master System in 1987.

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Phantasy Star II

Phantasy Star II is a role-playing video game developed and published by Sega for the Sega Genesis.

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Pillars of Eternity

Pillars of Eternity is a role-playing video game developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Paradox Interactive.

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Piranha Bytes

Pluto 13 GmbH, doing business as Piranha Bytes, is a German video game developer based in Essen.

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Planescape: Torment

Planescape: Torment is a role-playing video game developed by Black Isle Studios and published by Interplay Entertainment.

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Platform game

A platform game, or platformer, is a video game genre and subgenre of action game.

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Player character

A player character (also known as PC and playable character) is a fictional character in a role-playing game or video game whose actions are directly controlled by a player of the game rather than the rules of the game.

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PlayStation

is a gaming brand that consists of four home video game consoles, as well as a media center, an online service, a line of controllers, two handhelds and a phone, as well as multiple magazines.

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PlayStation (console)

The PlayStation (officially abbreviated to PS, and commonly known as the PS1 or its codename, PSX) is a home video game console developed and marketed by Sony Computer Entertainment.

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PlayStation 2

The PlayStation 2 (PS2) is a home video game console that was developed by Sony Computer Entertainment.

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Point and click

Point and click are the actions of a computer user moving a pointer to a certain location on a screen (pointing) and then pressing a button on a mouse, usually the left button (click), or other pointing device.

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Pokémon (video game series)

Pokémon is a series of video games developed by Game Freak published by Nintendo as part of the Pokémon media franchise.

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Pokémon Red and Blue

Pokémon Red Version and Blue Version are role-playing video games developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy.

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Polygon (website)

Polygon is an American video game website that publishes news, culture, reviews, and videos.

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Pool of Radiance

Pool of Radiance is a role-playing video game developed and published by Strategic Simulations, Inc (SSI) in 1988.

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Procedural generation

In computing, procedural generation is a method of creating data algorithmically as opposed to manually.

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PSM3

PSM3 (short for PlayStation 3 Magazine) was a video game magazine specializing in all Sony video game consoles and handheld gaming platforms.

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Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords is a game developed by Australian company Infinite Interactive and published by D3 Publisher.

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Puzzle video game

Puzzle video games make up a unique genre of video games that emphasize puzzle solving.

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Quest (gaming)

A quest, or mission, is a task in video games that a player-controlled character, party, or group of characters may complete in order to gain a reward.

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Questron

Questron is a fantasy role-playing video game series produced by Strategic Simulations, Inc.

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Random encounter

A random encounter is a feature commonly used in various role-playing games whereby encounters with non-player character (NPC) enemies or other dangers occur sporadically and at random.

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Ray Muzyka

Ray Muzyka is a Canadian investor, entrepreneur and physician.

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Real-time strategy

Real-time strategy (RTS) is a subgenre of strategy video games where the game does not progress incrementally in turns.

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Recurring elements in the Final Fantasy series

Final Fantasy is a media franchise created by Hironobu Sakaguchi, and developed and owned by Square Enix (formerly Square).

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Religion

Religion may be defined as a cultural system of designated behaviors and practices, world views, texts, sanctified places, prophecies, ethics, or organizations, that relates humanity to supernatural, transcendental, or spiritual elements.

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Renaissance fair

A Renaissance fair, Renaissance faire or Renaissance festival is an outdoor weekend gathering, usually held in the United States, open to the public and typically commercial in nature, which purportedly recreates a historical setting for the amusement of its guests.

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Replay value

Replay value or replayability is a term used to assess a video game's potential for continued play value after its first completion.

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Richard Garriott

Richard Garriott de Cayeux (born Richard Allen Garriott; July 4, 1961) is an English-American video game developer and entrepreneur.

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Rogue (video game)

Rogue (also known as Rogue: Exploring the Dungeons of Doom) is a dungeon crawling video game by Michael Toy and Glenn Wichman and later contributions by Ken Arnold.

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Roguelike

Roguelike is a subgenre of role-playing video game characterized by a dungeon crawl through procedurally generated levels, turn-based gameplay, tile-based graphics, and permanent death of the player character.

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Role-playing

Role-playing is the changing of one's behaviour to assume a role, either unconsciously to fill a social role, or consciously to act out an adopted role.

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Role-playing game

A role-playing game (sometimes spelled roleplaying game and abbreviated to RPG) is a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting.

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Romancing SaGa

is a role-playing video game originally developed and published by Square as the fourth game of their SaGa series.

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RPG Maker

RPG Maker, known in Japan as, is the name of a series of programs for the development of role-playing games (RPGs) first created by the Japanese group ASCII, then succeeded by Enterbrain.

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RuneScape

RuneScape is a fantasy MMORPG developed and published by Jagex, which released in January 2001.

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl is a first-person shooter survival horror video game developed by Ukrainian game developer GSC Game World and published by THQ.

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Sacred (video game)

Sacred is an action role-playing game for Microsoft Windows and Linux released in 2004.

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SaGa

is a series of science fiction open world role-playing video games formerly developed by Square, and is currently owned by Square Enix.

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Sandy Petersen

Carl Sanford Joslyn "Sandy" Petersen (born September 16, 1955) is an American game designer.

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Satoru Iwata

was a Japanese video game programmer and businessman who was the fourth president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Nintendo.

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Saved game

A saved game (also sometimes called a game save, savegame, savefile, save point, or simply save) is a piece of digitally stored information about the progress of a player in a video game.

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Science fiction

Science fiction (often shortened to Sci-Fi or SF) is a genre of speculative fiction, typically dealing with imaginative concepts such as advanced science and technology, spaceflight, time travel, and extraterrestrial life.

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Score (game)

In games, score refers to an abstract quantity associated with a player or team.

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Scorpia (journalist)

Scorpia is the pseudonym of a video game journalist who was active from the early 1980s through the late 1990s.

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Scripted sequence

In video games, a scripted sequence is a pre-defined series of events that occur when triggered by player location or actions that play out in the games engine.

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Secret of Mana

Secret of Mana, originally released in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 2, is a 1993 action role-playing game developed and published by Square (now Square Enix) for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

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Secularity

Secularity (adjective form secular, from Latin saeculum meaning "worldly", "of a generation", "temporal", or a span of about 100 years) is the state of being separate from religion, or of not being exclusively allied with or against any particular religion.

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Sega Genesis

The Sega Genesis, known as the in regions outside of North America, is a 16-bit home video game console developed and sold by Sega.

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Serpent in the Staglands

Serpent in the Staglands is an old-school isometric computer role-playing game developed by independent game developer Whalenought Studios for Microsoft Windows, OS X and Linux.

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Seventh generation of video game consoles

In the history of video games, the seventh generation includes consoles released since late by Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony Computer Entertainment.

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Shadowrun Returns

Shadowrun Returns is a science fantasy turn based tactical role-playing game developed and published by Harebrained Schemes.

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Shadowrun: Dragonfall

Shadowrun: Dragonfall is a turn-based tactical role-playing video game developed by Harebrained Schemes set in the Shadowrun universe.

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Shigeru Miyamoto

() is a Japanese video game designer and producer for the video game company Nintendo, currently serving as one of its representative directors.

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Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga

Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga is a duology of role-playing video games developed by Atlus for the PlayStation 2.

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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 is a role-playing video game developed by Atlus, and chronologically the fourth installment in the Persona series, a subseries of the Megami Tensei franchise.

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Shinji Mikami

is a Japanese video game director and producer.

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Shinto

or kami-no-michi (among other names) is the traditional religion of Japan that focuses on ritual practices to be carried out diligently to establish a connection between present-day Japan and its ancient past.

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Shooter game

Shooter games are a subgenre of action game, which often test the player's speed and reaction time.

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Silent Storm

Silent Storm (Russian: Операция Silent Storm) is a tactical role-playing game for Microsoft Windows, developed by Russian developer Nival Interactive and published by JoWood in 2003.

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Single-player video game

A single-player video game is a video game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session.

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Sir-Tech

Sir-Tech Software, Inc. was a United States-based video game developer and publisher.

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Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (commonly known as SAAM, and formerly the National Museum of American Art) is a museum in Washington, D.C., part of the Smithsonian Institution.

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Souls (series)

The is a series of action role-playing video games created and developed by FromSoftware.

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SpellForce: The Order of Dawn

SpellForce: The Order of Dawn is a real-time strategy and role-playing video game developed by German game studio Phenomic Game Development and released on November 11, 2003 in Europe and on February 11, 2004 in North America.

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Spike Chunsoft

is a Japanese video game development and localization company specializing in role-playing video game and visual novels.

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Sports game

A sports game is a video game genre that simulates the practice of sports.

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Sprite (computer graphics)

In computer graphics, a sprite is a two-dimensional bitmap that is integrated into a larger scene.

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Square (company)

was a Japanese video game company founded in September 1986 by Masafumi Miyamoto.

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Square Enix

Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. is a Japanese video game developer, publisher, and distribution company that is best known for its Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts role-playing video game franchises, among numerous others.

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Star Saga

Star Saga is a series of floppy-based video games which combine a computerized game arbiter with hefty sections of printed text.

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is a role-playing video game set in the Star Wars universe.

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StarCraft

StarCraft is a military science fiction media franchise, created by Chris Metzen and James Phinney and owned by Blizzard Entertainment.

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Statistic (role-playing games)

A statistic (or stat) in role-playing games is a piece of data that represents a particular aspect of a fictional character.

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Steel Panthers

Steel Panthers is a series of computer wargames, developed and published by several different companies, with various games simulating war battles from 1930 to 2025.

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Stereotype

In social psychology, a stereotype is an over-generalized belief about a particular category of people.

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Strategic Simulations

Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI) was a video game developer and publisher with over 100 titles to its credit since its founding in 1979.

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Strategy game

A strategy game or strategic game is a game (e.g. video or board game) in which the players' uncoerced, and often autonomous decision-making skills have a high significance in determining the outcome.

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Strategy video game

Strategy video game is a video game that focuses on skillful thinking and planning to achieve victory.

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Suikoden Tactics

Suikoden Tactics, originally released in Japan as, is a tactical role-playing video game developed and published by Konami for the PlayStation 2 console as part of their Suikoden series.

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Super Nintendo Entertainment System

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (officially abbreviated the Super NES or SNES, and colloquially shortened to Super Nintendo) is a 16-bit home video game console developed by Nintendo that was released in 1990 in Japan and South Korea, 1991 in North America, 1992 in Europe and Australasia (Oceania), and 1993 in South America.

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Sword of Fargoal

Sword of Fargoal is a 1982 video game by Jeff McCord, published by Epyx.

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System Shock 2

System Shock 2 is a 1999 first-person action role-playing survival horror video game for personal computers.

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Tabletop role-playing game

A tabletop role-playing game (or pen-and-paper role-playing game) is a form of role-playing game (RPG) in which the participants describe their characters' actions through speech.

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Tabula Rasa (video game)

Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa was an MMORPG developed by Destination Games and published by NCsoft, designed in part by some of the creators of Ultima Online including Richard Garriott.

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Tactical role-playing game

Tactical role-playing games (abbreviated as TRPG) are a genre of video game which incorporates elements of traditional role-playing video games with that of tactical games, emphasizing tactics rather than high-level strategy.

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Tales of Maj'Eyal

Tales of Maj'Eyal is an open source roguelike video game released 2012 for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

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Technology tree

In strategy computer games, a technology, tech, or research tree is a hierarchical visual representation of the possible sequences of upgrades a player can take (most often through the act of research).

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Telengard

Telengard is a 1982 role-playing dungeon crawler video game developed by Daniel Lawrence and published by Avalon Hill.

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Temple of Apshai

Temple of Apshai is a dungeon crawl role-playing video game developed and published by Automated Simulations (later renamed to Epyx) in 1979.

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Tetsuya Nomura

is a Japanese video game artist, designer and director working for Square Enix (formerly Square).

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Tetsuya Takahashi

Tetsuya Takahashi (高橋 哲哉 Takahashi Tetsuya) (born November 18, 1966 in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan) is currently the head of game software company Monolith Soft, Inc.

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Text-based game

A text game or text-based game is a video game that uses text characters instead of bitmap or vector graphics.

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The 3rd Birthday

is a third-person role-playing shooter co-developed by Square Enix and HexaDrive, and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation Portable.

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The Art of Video Games

The Art of Video Games was an exhibition by the Smithsonian American Art Museum which was on display from March 16, 2012 through September 30, 2012.

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The Banner Saga

The Banner Saga is a fantasy tactical role-playing video game developed by Stoic Studio and published by Versus Evil.

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The Bard's Tale (1985 video game)

Tales of the Unknown: Volume I, better known by its subtitle The Bard's Tale, is a fantasy role-playing video game designed and programmed by Michael Cranford, produced by Interplay Productions in and distributed by Electronic Arts.

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The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor (CSM) is a nonprofit news organization that publishes daily articles in electronic format as well as a weekly print edition.

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The Dark Eye

The Dark Eye is a German role-playing game created by Ulrich Kiesow and launched by Schmidt Spiel & Freizeit GmbH and Droemer Knaur Verlag in 1984.

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The Dark Eye: Blackguards

Blackguards is a 2014 tactical role-playing game for Microsoft Windows and OS X. It was developed by German game developer Daedalic Entertainment, makers of adventure games like The Whispered World, and distributed by EuroVideo.

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The Elder Scrolls

The Elder Scrolls is a series of action role-playing open world fantasy video games primarily developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks.

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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is an action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks and the Take-Two Interactive division 2K Games.

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The Elder Scrolls: Arena

The Elder Scrolls: Arena is an epic fantasy open world action role-playing video game developed and published by Bethesda Softworks and released in 1994 for MS-DOS.

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The Escapist (magazine)

The Escapist (typeset as the escapist) is an online magazine covering mostly video games as well as movies, comics, TV, and more.

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The Eternal Dagger

The Eternal Dagger is a 1987 top-down role-playing video game published by Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI) as a sequel to Wizard's Crown, which was released in 1986.

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The Last Story

is a Japanese action role-playing game, developed by Mistwalker and AQ Interactive for the Wii video game console.

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The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda is a high-fantasy action-adventure video game series created by Japanese game designers Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka.

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The Legend of Zelda (video game)

The Legend of Zelda is an action-adventure video game developed and published by Nintendo and designed by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka.

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The NPD Group

The NPD Group, Inc. (NPD; formerly National Purchase Diary Panel Inc. and NPD Research Inc.) is an American market research company founded on September 28, 1966 and based in Port Washington, New York.

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The Temple of Elemental Evil (video game)

The Temple of Elemental Evil is a 2003 role-playing video game by Troika Games.

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The Witcher

The Witcher (Wiedźmin), by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, is a fantasy series of short stories and novels about the witcher Geralt of Rivia.

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Third-person shooter

Third-person shooter (TPS) is a subgenre of 3D shooter games in which the player character is visible on-screen during gaming, and the gameplay consists primarily of shooting.

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Torchlight

Torchlight is an action role-playing game developed by Runic Games and published by Perfect World, released for Windows in October 2009.

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Torment: Tides of Numenera

Torment: Tides of Numenera is a role-playing video game developed by inXile Entertainment and published by Techland Publishing for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

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TRS-80

The TRS-80 Micro Computer System (TRS-80, later renamed the Model I to distinguish it from successors) is a desktop microcomputer launched in 1977 and sold by Tandy Corporation through their Radio Shack stores.

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TSR (company)

TSR, Inc. was an American game publishing company and the publisher of Dungeons & Dragons (D&D).

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Turn-based strategy

A turn-based strategy (TBS) game is a strategy game (usually some type of wargame, especially a strategic-level wargame) where players take turns when playing.

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Turns, rounds and time-keeping systems in games

In video and other games, the passage of time must be handled in a way that players find fair and easy to understand.

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UFO: Enemy Unknown

UFO: Enemy Unknown (marketed as X-COM: UFO Defense in North America) is a science fiction strategy video game developed by Mythos Games and MicroProse.

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Ultima (series)

Ultima is a series of open world fantasy role-playing video games from Origin Systems, Inc. Ultima was created by Richard Garriott.

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Ultima III: Exodus

Ultima III: Exodus is the third game in the series of Ultima role-playing video games.

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Ultima Online

Ultima Online (UO) is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), released on September 24, 1997, by Origin Systems.

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Ultima VII: The Black Gate

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United States

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S.) or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

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Unix

Unix (trademarked as UNIX) is a family of multitasking, multiuser computer operating systems that derive from the original AT&T Unix, development starting in the 1970s at the Bell Labs research center by Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie, and others.

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UnReal World

UnReal World is a roguelike survival freeware (shareware before 2013) video game set in Iron Age Finland.

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USA Today

USA Today is an internationally distributed American daily, middle-market newspaper that serves as the flagship publication of its owner, the Gannett Company.

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Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines is a 2004 action role-playing video game developed by Troika Games and released by Activision for Microsoft Windows.

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Vanguard Bandits

Vanguard Bandits, known in Japan as, is a tactical role-playing game (RPG) for the PlayStation.

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Vault Network

The Vault Network, or VN, was a game network dedicated to role-playing video games (including massively multiplayer online role-playing games), providing gamers with information such as news, editorials, guides, hints and tips, as well as discussion.

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Video game console

A video game console is an electronic, digital or computer device that outputs a video signal or visual image to display a video game that one or more people can play.

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Video game developer

A video game developer is a software developer that specializes in video game development – the process and related disciplines of creating video games.

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Video game genre

A video game genre is a classification assigned to a video game based on its gameplay interaction rather than visual or narrative differences.

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Video game localization

Video game localization is the preparation of video game software and hardware for sale in a new region or country.

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Video gaming clan

In computer and video gaming, a clan, community, guild or faction is an organized group of players that regularly play together in one or more multiplayer games, but is focused on a particular game.

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Virtual Console

, also abbreviated as VC, is a line of downloadable video games (mostly unaltered) for Nintendo's Wii and Wii U home gaming consoles and the Nintendo 3DS portable gaming console.

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Visual novel

A is an interactive game genre, which originated in Japan, featuring mostly static graphics, most often using anime-style art or occasionally live-action stills (and sometimes video footage).

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Vox Media

Vox Media is an American digital media company founded on July 14, 2005 as SportsBlogs Inc.

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Walt Disney World

The Walt Disney World Resort, commonly known as Walt Disney World, or often just as Disney World, is an entertainment complex in Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, Florida, near Orlando and Kissimmee, Florida.

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Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is a high fantasy real-time strategy video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment, and was released in July 2002.

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Wargame (video games)

Wargames are a subgenre of strategy video games that emphasize strategic or tactical warfare on a map, as well as historical (or near-historical) accuracy.

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Wargaming

A wargame (also war game) is a strategy game that deals with military operations of various types, real or fictional.

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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II is a real-time strategy-tactical role-playing video game developed by Relic Entertainment and published by THQ for Microsoft Windows based on the fictional Warhammer 40,000 universe.

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Wasteland (video game)

Wasteland is a science fiction open world role-playing video game developed by Interplay and published by Electronic Arts in 1988.

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Wasteland 2

Wasteland 2 is a post-apocalyptic role-playing video game developed by inXile Entertainment, published by Deep Silver and distributed by Square Enix in North America for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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Wii

The Wii is a home video game console released by Nintendo on November 19, 2006.

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Wizard's Crown

Wizard's Crown is a 1986 top-down role-playing video game published by Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI).

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Wizardry

Wizardry is a series of role-playing video games, developed by Sir-Tech, which were highly influential in the evolution of modern role-playing video games.

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Women and video games

The relationship between women and video games has received extensive academic, corporate, and social attention.

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World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft (WoW) is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) released in 2004 by Blizzard Entertainment.

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X1 (computer)

The, sometimes called the Sharp X1, is a series of home computers released by Sharp Corporation from 1982 to 1988.

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X68000

The is a home computer created by Sharp Corporation, first released in 1987, sold only in Japan.

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Xanadu (video game)

, also known as Xanadu: Dragon Slayer II, is an action role-playing game developed by Nihon Falcom and released in for the PC-8801, X1, PC-8001, PC-9801, FM-7 and MSX computers.

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Xbox (console)

The Xbox is a home video game console and the first installment in the Xbox series of consoles manufactured by Microsoft.

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Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 is a home video game console developed by Microsoft.

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Xeno (series)

Xeno is a Japanese science fiction video game series created by Tetsuya Takahashi.

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Xenoblade Chronicles

Xenoblade Chronicles is an action role-playing game developed by Monolith Soft and published by Nintendo for the Wii.

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Xenoblade Chronicles X

Xenoblade Chronicles X is a role-playing video game developed by Monolith Soft and published by Nintendo for the Wii U home video game console in 2015.

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Xenogears

Xenogears is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square for the PlayStation video game console.

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Youth

Youth is the time of life when one is young, and often means the time between childhood and adulthood (maturity).

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Ys (series)

() is a series of Japanese role-playing video games produced by Nihon Falcom.

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Yuji Horii

(also written as Yuuji Horii) (born January 6, 1954 in Awaji Island, Japan) is a Japanese video game designer and scenario writer best known as the creator of the Dragon Quest series of role-playing games, supervising and writing the scenario for Chrono Trigger, as well as the first visual novel adventure game Portopia Serial Murder Case.

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Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is an action role-playing video game with platforming elements.

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1980 in video gaming

1980 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Pac-Man, Battlezone and Crazy Climber.

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1UP.com

1UP.com was an American entertainment website that focused on video games.

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3D computer graphics

3D computer graphics or three-dimensional computer graphics, (in contrast to 2D computer graphics) are graphics that use a three-dimensional representation of geometric data (often Cartesian) that is stored in the computer for the purposes of performing calculations and rendering 2D images.

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50 Mission Crush

50 Mission Crush (sometimes Fifty Mission Crush) is a turn-based strategy game published in 1984 by Strategic Simulations (SSI) that simulates the career of the crew of a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber during World War II.

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References

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Role-playing_video_game

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