Terminology used by game developers to refer to concepts.

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What does the term “channel” mean when used in regards to computer graphics?

I was studying terminology for computer graphics, and this statement came up that confused me. The image can have alpha channels for transparency. I tried searching for the meaning of the term ...
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Why are payments for a game sometimes called “donations”?

Why are money payments (by SMS, or VISA) sometimes called "donations", and not "payments" or "purchases"? Is it a legal part of monetization (some details will be appreciated in this case), or just a ...
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What is the difference between an alpha and a beta release?

What is the difference between an alpha and a beta release? I'm surprised that this question hasn't been asked here before.
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What is this type of camera called?

I am trying to find a name like "perspective view" of how a camera like this is called: It is 2d and 3d at the same time. I'm having a hard time trying to find the name.
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What makes a game a 3D game?

This may sound pretty obvious to game devs here but I'm wondering if a game can be called 3D if it has 3D assets but static isometric like camera view and not rotating at all. I tried searching the ...
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A name that describes this type of turn-based battle system

I am thinking of a turn-based battle system that follows this workflow: While True Get next character Determine character's action Execute action Check Battle Status end This is a ...
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Is multitexturing really just “using more than one texture”?

This might seem stupid, but it bugs me. From what I understand, multitexturing is just using more than 1 texture per shader (usually to blend them somehow). So instead of creating 1 texture, I create ...
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In platformer games, what are “hole in the ground” obstacles called?

In most jump and run games, holes in the ground are common obstacles: You need to jump over them, or you'll fall down and lose a life. It would be helpful to know for documentation, variable naming ...
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What are the types of 3rd-person camera called?

I'm struggling with the terminology surrounding different types of 3rd person camera. What are the common 3rd-person camera types called? What are some notable examples of their use? Here's what I ...
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What defines a minigame? [closed]

A "minigame" (sometimes mini-game) is a rather common term used in game design and the general game industry. Therefore it has a definable scope, that is not opinion based, but rather established and ...
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What is the purpose of inertial space and what are its uses?

I'm currently reading about left-handed and right-handed coordinate systems when working with 3D and it's all very fascinating. These systems are made up of world space, object space, and inertial ...
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A number of teams playing against each other: what is a fitting game term? [closed]

Basically I am looking for the right expression for a specific set (usually 2-6) of teams (a team is a group of individuals controlled by one player) in a tounament-like game. The team-set is a subset ...
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What is the term that describes the “user” of a status ailment [closed]

Suppose a Snake performs a skill that inflicts a "poison" status on the Hero, and every minute the Hero receives damage equal to the Snake's skill level. What is a term that would describe the snake ...
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Is there a name for this kind of composited sprite animation technique?

Character avatars composed of different sprites for each component (arms, legs, head) connected together through a series of joints seem to be trending lately. For example, Scrolls, Candy Crush (in ...
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What makes a game “casual?”

I've seen the term "casual" used to describe games at times, and have seen people refer themselves or others as "casual gamers." What exactly is a "casual" game? Is there any real difference between ...
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What's the term for the “vertical looking angle” in FPSs?

I guess the "vertical angle" of looking in an FPS could be called the pitch of the camera, but surely there is another term for it? (I'm trying to mod ArmA II, but I can't find anything in their ...
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Difference between Material and Shader

In a game a material does only influence the visual appearance of the object. The visual appearance is effected by shaders. So regarding to terminology is there a difference between materials and ...
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terminology: a position and a facing

my units have a function that returns a position (vec3) and a facing (quaternion) for any point in time. A position and direction is perhaps called a ray or, in some contexts, a line segment; ...
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What is the technical definition of “sprite batching?”

Platform and language agnostically, how is sprite batching defined? It seems as though there are many different techniques for lessening the amount of work when drawing, and that they are often lumped ...
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Unit selection circle

I do not know whether it's called a circle, or whether it's called a halo or whatever. But, I do know that I want to know what is the game development world term for this. So, how do we call it?
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Should I refer to browser-based games as HTML5 games or Javascript games?

First of all, I know that there are alternatives to both HTML5 and Javascript, but I worded the question so generally ("browser-based") because if I had said "HTML5" or "Javascript" games that would ...
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What is the proper term for “permanent world”?

How to name the fact that for a MMO game there's one big session, the same things are happening for all the players, you log out and after two days log in to the same place as the same person ? I'd ...
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Can polygon normals really be shaded?

"Unable to shade polygon normals" is a copy protection trap in Garry's Mod. I am wondering if the game developers put random cryptic graphic terms up or it is really a problem in graphics. It the ...
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What does the term 'photorealistic' really mean?

I was wondering about the term 'photorealistic' in regards to rendering and was wondering how this is used. Is it used to describe a shader (or set of) that have certain quantifiable features? Or any ...
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Name of the model in memory that you use for map collision detection?

I'm trying to remember the English name for a memory model of a map built exclusively for handling collision detection. I think this is especially frequent in tile-based platform games. I believe the ...
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What term is used to refer to iPhone and Android games?

What do you call games developed for Android or iPhone to differentiate them from games developed for other platforms?
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What is the name of the balancing technique that reduces the incremental value of bonuses?

Some games, including Dungeon Crawl (example), use a balancing technique that attempts to prevent certain values (stats, damage, etc.) from being excessively high. The algorithm looks like this: if ...
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What is the name for the little numbers that appear over characters' heads when they lose health?

...you know the ones. Something like "value overlays" or "value pop-ups" describes them quite well, but I was thinking they might have a real name?