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Common video game terms.
A boss is an enemy from the game that is stronger than the enemies faced before him. Bosses are faced by the player in the end of stages or certain parts of the story, and a final boss must be defeated in the end of the game. Some games contain optional bosses that the player don't need to defeat to proceed in the game, like PharaohMan.EXE in the first two games from the Mega Man Battle Network series. Some bosses from the series were created in Boss character contest.
Some games also contain a sub-boss (also known as miniboss and midboss), a boss that is usually weaker than the main boss of the area or a normal boss that add an extra challenge, like Proto Man in Mega Man 3 and Vile in Mega Man X8.
Checkpoint is the local where the player begins the stage when a life is lost, so the player doesn't have to restart the stage. In the Mega Man games, the hallway before a boss room is a common checkpoint area.
A fictional currency is used for several purposes, such as buy, trade and sell items. Zenny is the currency from the Mega Man games, but P Chips, Screws, Energy Crystals, Refractors and Bug Frags also serve a similar role.
An enemy is a character from a game who is designed to cause damage or hinder the player character in some other way, such as restricting their movement or causing the area to go dark. Most of them can be killed by one of the player's weapons, but others must simply be avoided.
Game Over is a common video game event that where the player's character is defeated, resulting in the end of the current stage and, in some cases, of the game. This usually occurs when the Life Energy gauge is depleted and there are no Extra Lives left, but on rare occassions it may be caused by other reasons. In most games a screen with the message "game over" is displayed when it occurs.
In most games from the Mega Man franchise, the player's character (Mega Man, Proto Man, Bass, X, Zero, Axl, Vent, Aile, Grey, Ashe, and others) explodes when defeated, scattering spheres of energy and doing a "tiun tiun tiun" (ティウンティウンティウン? "byoo byoo byoo" in the Short Circuits from Mega Man #55) sound. In some games the character also screams, examples being Mega Man 8 and Mega Man ZX Advent. This defeat animation also appeared in games from other series, like Pocket Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom, and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
In the Mega Man Legends series, Mega Man Volnutt will collapse when defeated instead of exploding, leading to the Game Over screen. However, early footage from Mega Man Legends shows that he was originally planned to explode when defeated. The game was also planned to have different voices talking in the game over screen.
Non standard game overs include:
- Being unable to leave an area or complete the objective before time runs out, like the Stop the drill sub mission from Mega Man Zero 4.
- Allowing a target to get away, like Gigabolt Man-O-War in Mega Man X8.
- The defeat of an ally, like the Resistance soldier in Mega Man Zero and Roll Caskett's vehicles in Mega Man Legends and Mega Man Legends 2.
When the player's character is defeated, some games allows to Continue the game from a certain point, usually from the beginning of the current stage. The amount of continues vary between game, some having unlimited continues and others having none.
In Super Adventure Rockman, the player can only continue when defeated by some bosses, resulting in a cutscene where Mega Man is rescued (or challenged to continue in the battle against Quick Man) and can try again to face the boss again. The exception is Shadow Man, who destroys Mega Man. Curiously, Ra Thor and the New Yellow Devil also destroy Mega Man, but the player can continue against them, possibly due to them being the final bosses.
In the first Mega Man Zero game, extra lives count as continues. If none is available, the player is forced to quit the current mission, which will be considered a failure. The first mission and late game missions can't be quit, and losing on them results in a game over.
In The Misadventures of Tron Bonne, a game over only appears if the player is defeated in the Nakkai Desert early in the game or in the final mission. Those are also the only missions with a continue. Being defeated in other missions will result in the characters retreating back to the Gesellschaft to try again later on.
Head-up display, HUD for short, is the interface method by which some of the game's informations can be seen by the player during the game, the most common being the character's health.
An item is a game object designed to produce an effect when picked up or activated by the player. Most are beneficial, like recovering health and energy, although "power-downs" exist in some games, such as Poison Mushrooms from the Mario series and Eggman items from Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
Non-player character, NPC for short, is a character from the game that can't be controlled by the player.
Save and load
Long games have a save feature to allow the player to stop and continue later by loading the saved game data.
Passwords were used to record the game's progress in the NES, SNES, and Game Boy Mega Man games. To continue from a specific point, players must insert the right password in the password screen. The passwords are made of dots, icons, or numbers.
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- Result screen
- Status effects