Questions tagged [terminology]

Terminology is the vocabulary of technical terms in the game development field.

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Is there a name for this technique to put the tiles on the corner of a level?

A very common approach in development of old games is to put the tile set on the corner of a level, to use it as a reference. For example: On this level, the developers put a set of tiles in the ...
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Game Design Lexicon: terminology for gems etc [closed]

When a Hero picks up gems or coins or other "collectibles" that add to his wealth in a game, what are those things (gems and coins etc) commonly called and how are they generally referred to in game ...
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Can a Game Engine be built into a Game Engine?

This confuses me as the title says "Mostly Civilized: A Hex-Based 4x Game Engine for Unity - Part 1" Unity is a Game Engine, and he is building a game engine for a game engine. Did he word this ...
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What is a game mechanic?

I am trying to understand exactly what defines a game mechanic, and whether it is the same as a gameplay mechanic. There are many different sources online that try to define this but they appear to be ...
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What is the origin of the term “AAA game?”

One often hears the term "AAA" thrown around when talking about top production value games and big releases, but where does the term come from? How was it coined and popularized?
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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?
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What exactly are tool pipelines in the game industry?

I've been reading around online and through books and still can't quite figure out what exactly tool pipelines are within the game industry.
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What is the specific name of this UI component? [duplicate]

Is there a specific name for this kind of ui component? Sometimes it only renders a symbol (without text) so using name like TextComponent is imo not very fitting.
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What is the edge glow shading technique used in Super Mario called?

What is this Super Mario shading technique (the edge glow) called? It can best be seen on the legs.
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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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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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What is the difference between genre and game mechanics?

In some local vacancies I read something like "a genre = match3", or like "a game mechanics = adventure". I thought, a game mechanics is match3, or any sequences of operations that do something to ...
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What is Fresnel?

I am new to graphics rendering and there are a lot of terminology. Can someone please explain what fresnel is? I see fresnel in unreal engine when people deal with translucent objects such as glasses....
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What is the difference between a “ping” and “RTT” (round-trip time)?

RTT, or round-trip time, is the time that it takes to send a message and receive the result from server. As I searched this, this seems to be the same as ping in network jargon. Are there some ...
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What is the difference between a gameplay programmer and a game designer/developer?

Gameplay programmers write game code, but so do game designers and developers. Where is the line drawn? What skills do gameplay programmers use that game designers or developers do not?
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Are there definitive, unambiguous terms for hexagon tile orientations?

I have been working on a tile map editor and plan to support two orientations for hexagons. I have seen various terms used, but these all seem ambiguous to me. Horizontal, Vertical (ambiguous: does ...
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Are polygon normals really shadeable?

Garry's Mod has a copy-protection trap that shows this error: Unable to shade polygon normals It made me wonder if such a problem could ever actually exist. Can polygon normals be shaded? Is a ...
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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: <...
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In Box2D, what exactly does a fixture represent?

In Box2dWeb, when we create a body we attach a fixture to the body object. We make the shape, friction, restitution and so on by tinkering with the fixture object. So from this can we conclude that ...
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What are the properties of “position, velocity, acceleration, rotation” collectively named?

They say naming things is one of the hardest problems in computer programming. They were right. Given the pseudocode below, what is a more appropriate name for this collection of properties? "Course",...
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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 difference between AR, VR and MR?

Please explain clearly and in short about the differences and boundaries between AR, VR & MR.
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Is there a better term for a thing that hosts a game story script than “game engine?”

When I recently entered the field of game development, I actually assumed that “game engine” meant something with which you can make your game story script run in an environment where non-player ...
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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 relationship between Frames-Per-Second and a game loop?

What is the relationship between FPS - Frames Per Second and a game loop? I'm confused how my book is using theses terms.
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Name of this technique used in games such as Minecraft or the sims

In Minecraft, there are some blocks which are a little bit different than just cubes. For example stairs or fences: these elements are "aware" of their surrounding blocks and render differently based ...
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How does “Additional Design” or “Additional Programming” differ from just “Design” or “Programming?”

In the credits of video games there are often separate headings for "Additional Programming", "Additional Design" or "Additional Art"- often containing the names of people who work in other ...
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What do you call the Call-of-Duty-style health system?

In games like Call of Duty (and many, many other FPSs), there is no visible health bar; instead, as the player takes damage, their vision is slowly obscured by blood that seeps in from the edges. As ...
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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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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 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 Clash of Clans projection called?

What is Clash of Clans projection (it doesn't seem to be isometric! enter image description here ) photo from here
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What is deferred lighting?

There is plenty of information on what deferred rendering is but there is a lack when it comes to deferred lighting and the information that there is there is not clear. My question is simple, what ...
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What is a VAO in Opengl?

i've just started out with Opengl, and i've got to know what Vertex Buffer Objects are, but i really don't understand what VAOs are. Can someone help me?
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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; however,...
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How do “procedural” and “random” generation differ?

To my understanding, everything that isn't directly created by a human is called "procedural". Procedural generation systems have different complexities and may consist of various algorithmic ...
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What verb describes when you hold a joystick to the right or left?

I'm trying to describe a the scenario where you use a joystick to turn the camera. However, I'm struggling to find the word for this. Saying the joystick is "pressed" could mean the joystick is ...
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What is the term for how much a game's code is coupled to its engine?

Essentially, what is a word or phrase I might use/search for to describe how much the choice of an engine dictates the structure of your code, such as the language it is written in or the way objects ...
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What is the difference between an “API,” a “framework,” an “IDE,” and an “engine?”

I am just starting out trying to learn to develop games. At first I thought C++ and OpenGL were the tools a beginner would start out to make a game, but quickly found out the OpenGL was just a API for ...
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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 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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What is scripting, and what is a scripting API?

What is scripting, and what is a scripting API? Is scripting the process of writing the game program, and is the scripting API (such as the Unity scripting API) the API provided by the game engine, ...
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what is the name for the category of game that use a real time clock as the game time like die2nite.com

I was looking for more game like http://www.die2nite.com and http://mush.twinoid.com/ They use real time as the fictional time. Player are given a number of action point they can use freely during a ...
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What is the meaning of component is Dirty?

I was reading a blog from Unity about UI it has a term like component is dirty, what does that mean component is dirty ? Unity UI Fundamentals tutorial
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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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What is the difference between “stealth” and “social stealth?”

I was recently researching the stealth mechanics of several games and I stumbled across the distinction of "stealth" (eg. Splinter Cell series) vs "social stealth" (eg. Assassin's Creed series). What ...
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What's the difference between a game engine and a physics engine?

What's the difference between a game engine and a physics engine? How do they work together, and what's the meeting point between them?
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The proper name for a state, view, screen, etc

Most of my experience is in programming in HTML, JavaScript, etc. I'm taking on a relatively large project, and while I'm the only developer, I eventually want to open source my code for other ...
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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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What is the genre defined by getting as far as possible along an infinite level called?

I am interested in making a mobile game in the style of an infinite hallway. Like Jetpack Joyride where the background moves and you just steer your guy up or down to avoid stuff. You can have a ...