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Gaming History, Culture, and Technology 1

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The analog television color system that was introduced in North America in 1954 and stayed in use until digital conversion.
A specific type of interpersonal manipulation coined or inspired by the name of a 1944 film that exemplifies this behavior and social dynamic.
A popular boat simulator for mobile game players, once called "the poor man's Sea of Thieves."
A type of structure (for short) unique to Runescape, which can be purchased from an estate agent, created, expanded, and upgraded by members. It is the focus of the Construction skill.
When you try to ridicule someone else, but end up making a fool of yourself?
A Pokemon type.
A well-loved adventure racing game for the Nintendo 64 obviously inspired by a certain Love Bug.
An emoticon.
A Welsh masculine name for 'Little Warrior."
Once a forum for the gaming website "Gaming-Age."
Moonraker ________
The name of the non-playable, non-binary character announced in the upcoming Star Wars: Squadrons game.
That thing when you can't remember a thing.
The highest title a chess player can attain, for short.
Normally found under a rock, and a way to enter crawl spaces in TBOI (2011).
"Erotic story tennis"
The great-great-grandson of U.S. President James A. Garfield will arguably be remembered for this particular legacy.
____-ha-ha!
It's tough to keep a team together with attendance like this.
A Game Boy game with the subtitle, "Get to the Show," released in 2001.
The result of a cheesy joke or a bad pun?
A mark of distinction popularized as a meme by Michael Stevens while playing the game Super Mario Quadratics.
A common expression of disappointment that derives from a minced oath for "God rot them."
Known as the fifth expansion pack (2002), for short, that incorporated a new ability for players: to own pets. Players visited shops with a paw symbol to adopt them.
One of the noises a sexualized video game character makes.
Initials for a European Rocket League team whose name invokes a familiar frustration: one that comes from playing the game for long periods of time.
It is unclear whether or not video gaming technically qualifies as one of these.
The name of a long-ago rebranded flavored drink whose name was coined after its inventor, Claud Hatcher, felt inspired by the description of a competitor's tall bottle. Current owners of the brand sponsor Mobile Legends: Bang Bang esports tournaments in the Philippines.
A staff member forced to work in the Megaquarium?
A character statistic, a location type, and a type of reward.
Necessary infrastructure for digital games that rely on persistent worlds and player accounts.
"Refer to."
The fastest driver in the Crazy Taxi series premised on racist stereotypes of Black Americans.
The initials of a generic-sounding, branding scheme owned by Microsoft to certify that certain software met minimum compatibility standards for their online networking services. Initially introduced in 2006, software that met specs featured a prominent logo border across the top of their packaging, in a manner similar to games developed for the Xbox 360. It has since been succeeded by the Microsoft Store.
A glitchless speedrunning type.
Helpful for performing strenuous tasks such as hauling in heavy ropes.
Common designation for story characters working to solve a murder mystery.
A game some people won't play unless some of the cards are burned beforehand.
Jokes slapped around in an arcade cabinet?
A popular online subscription service, for short.
Initialism for a 2010 American science fiction comedy film directed by Steve Pink in which an aquatic machinist tries to convince a band of losers to preserve history as they know it. The game Second Life makes a brief appearance in the film to underscore a character's degree of alienation to other people (real and otherwise).
A common NPC in virtual prisons.
A type (or genre) of colorless equipment cards in MTG.
A type of competition defined by metal?
A common reason for losing in Monopoly.
Initials for 23a.
As opposed to off.
Acronym for commonly used filter effect in analog and digital media that 'reduces jaggies' and makes images look softer or blurry. Or, you might know the initials for this more obscure PC game series that Big Fish Games published between 2011-2013. It's alliterative title refers to a group that investigates paranormal activity.
Something you would expect from Diddy Kong?
A characteristic of some games that members of 4chan have appropriated for a derogatory phrase.
Rays that later necessitate anger management therapy?
E.g., Webrunner: The Hidden Agenda, and marketing for the 1999 movie The Blair Witch Project. Common acronym.
A reoccurring character in D. J. MacHale's Pendragon series, the Last Generation Traveler from Zadaa.
A popular acronym for gaming related events and organizations.
State initials of the setting for Gone Home.
A lieutenant general officer in the United States Army in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2; Alex in Silent Hill: Homecoming; and Derrial Book of the Firefly franchise.
What every 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' game is about.
Poor Samwise, he has only one.
Abbrev. of well-known sci-fi show produced between 1987 - 1994.
A maze arcade game featuring Tony Soprano?
One of the eight vertical lines of squares on a chessboard.
A popular horror setting, sometimes comprising of an environment that constantly changes.
A retirement destination for elderly Pokémon Trainers; a Rare Blade in Xenoblade Chronicles 2; an Indonesian video game development company; a magical crafting material.
A fictional species from the video game Chrono Trigger or the abbreviation for an indoor theme park at Mall of America.
ACE, published by Cascade Games for the Commodore 64, VIC-20, and Plus/4, for example.
Working to attribute cause to someone else (perhaps in a game like 'Among Us')
Required for a robot's funeral? Alternatively, a unique Welsh word for "lake."
Items that elicit surprise?
Having the quality of a devious, short-tempered scientist trying to take over the world?
When a math nerd wants to integrate symbols into Scrabble?
An illustration of skill in many FPS games.
The name for people who commonly wear a type of clothing that very rarely appears in video games.
Inspired by a bad case of strep throat, this puzzle game tries to recreate the feeling of being a scientist.
Back in my day, if you wanted to play a video game, you needed one of these!
An onomatopoeia (or 擬音語) meaning to glitter, sparkle, or shine.
An alternative name for 'smudge stick,' a must-have item in Phasmophobia.
Provocative actions against a nation (acronym).
A Chinese guardian lion-like creature covered in brown fur with a long, thick mane covering its neck. Said to embody the passion of magma and been born in the eruption of a volcano.
Initials for the name of the 18 year old main protagonist of the Shenmue series by Sega.
As noted in the Codex of the Underworld, a book given to Zagreus by Achilles: "...There is a monstrous sea-creature that thrashes somewhere in Poseidon's waters far above; we were very careful to avoid sailing across her trenches even in my sailing days. This rare breed is reminiscent of her dozen heads..."
Alexandre Dumas: "There are no creatures that walk the earth, not even those animals we have labelled cowards, which will not show courage when required to ...."
Down
Abbrev. for a Nintendo game first published in 2011 that featured SpongeBob SquarePants, Invader Zim, and Avatar: The Last Airbender (among many others) as playable characters.
A marketing suffix, in short, used to upsell certain accessories.
To overwhelm usually by greatly superior force.
In the Nintendo 64 adaptation of The World Is Not Enough, the player must at some point traverse Zukovsky's factory of _______ in order to complete their mission.
Someone who fancies pistolier's like Bayonetta and Jesse McCree?
Abbrev. for a multinational military force in the 1994 movie, Street Fighter.
When you take Detective Cole Phelps for a drive around (but not through) the City, hoping to take a break from crime-driven action adventure.
Last name of a pioneering Black American umpire in Major League Baseball who worked from 1975 to 1999.
Designated caretakers for doggos, birbs, and floofs.
The Guinness World Records claimed Yu-Gi-Oh to be the best-selling of these as of 2011.
A final phase of development, for short.
A mini-boss in the Shrine of Water in Zelda's Adventure. It appears as a green women who serves the Shrine's Keeper, Agwanda.
________ Furious (known in North America by a slightly different name) is a rail shooter/survival horror game for the Nintendo DS.
Acronym for the principle of cumulative development.
This would entail three major interlaced changes: building up the magnetosphere, building up the atmosphere, and raising the temperature.
Refers to 898 fictional species.
Stared too much at a clock?
An Indigenous game type defined in particular ways by different tribes.
Homer Simpson teaching Barney, Carl and Lenny how to play a fantasy role-playing game?
The first name of an American programing instructor and game developer. Known for coining 'The Kool-Aid Point" and other projects, they were also the subject of intense internet harassment, death threats, and doxxing in 2007. Their withdrawal from a tech career, public-speaking, and blogging triggered the development of a "bloggers' code of conduct."
One of the playable characters in 'A Way Out,' a game published by Electronic Arts in 2018.
A characteristic of many Ubisoft game developers who worked on the Rayman series, the Just Dance series, and the Assassin's Creed series, to name a few.
The reason why a Skyrim NPC stopped adventuring? If this had occurred in Terraria, he might have burned to death.
A gamecompany who begins their design process with identifying emotions they hope to invoke.
The name of a fast-playing spaceship combat board game, as well as a mutant supervillain (Philippa Sontag) appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.
A video game magazine in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City; it's just another joke referring to an existing video game-themed magazine.
An ES character based on the real world Norse mythology individual, known as Módgud, who guards the realm of Hel. He's also very tall.
"Tactical ______," a serious game designed to teach Arabic to soldiers.
A surprise to some, video games help people manage the symptoms of this chronic mental illness.
Who participates in a contest of abstract nonsense for fun?
Often a tactic involving loot used by a griefer to annoy other players, for short.
Some fans like to speculate that D.Va is one of these, but the fact of the matter is not acknowledged by the Overwatch design team. It's likely she is just another Korean character without a developed family backstory.
A specialized surface for wargaming, this being one popular brand.
What you might call someone who plays a lot of 'speed Scrabble.'
Likely a shocked and unhappy disk partition?
Hu?
What you would grow in a Scottish farm simulator?
In a card store on a Friday night, hearing this famous Nirvana song (acronym) over the sound system is going to be about gross B.O.
The title of persons responsible for oiling Greek athletæ before their exercises, regulating their diets, and otherwise training them for the Olympic Games.
Like instincts, but a little less abstract.
Originally created in 1860 by Milton Bradley, it was America's first popular parlor game.
A dude who plays dice games?
This virtual pet game for BlackBerry 10, iOS and Android was developed and published by Lebanese designer Paul Salameh in 2012. Most popular today in Brazil.
The acronym for a category of mistake recorded in a baseball game.
In the Naruto anime series, this game is used to train and stimulate the laziest (and most intelligent) shinobi in the Leaf village.
The king has been captured by the Black Knight, and you, the player, must make your way to the Black Knight's castle and retrieve him. What will you choose: _____________?
AC:__; Game of the Year at the Japan Game Awards
Acronym for a plug-in card that enables a computer to transmit and receive data on a local network.
Two teams compete by each having a "spymaster" give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board.
Una ubicación común en "CSI: Fatal Conspiracy" (2010) o "Graveyard Keeper," un simulador de gestión de cementerio medieval (2018).
A very fertile valley in one of the present day countries of Ukraine, Romania, Poland, Slovakia, Czechia, Hungary, or Serbia, and the setting of Far Cry Primal. The name translates to "mountain" in English.
Something sore losers must manage.
Required in a TTRPG setting when the group needs to do some brainwashing.
Health
Politely interrupting the DM in group chat. As in, "___, quick q for ya."
You're supposed to announce this when you have only one in hand that plays.
When you want to play a fighting game but you woke up in 1994 and there are only 8 playable characters?
Uigi's Enemy. His brother is Wahreeoh.
Learned how to lie by playing poker.
Ho-
Archaic baseball slang for a base hit in which the batter stops safely at first base.
A common source of anxiety for very young players in an online gaming environment.
Juri's family name.
"I'll be there in..."
Star Wars lore designation.
Acronym; a water-type pokemon move that may burn an opponent.
Dow __'__ Shrine is located behind the waterfall in the Lanayru Promenade (TLOZ: BOTW). (If this is too obscure, you could try placing a popular Canadian phrase).
So many games have the same name, you often need this qualifier (initialism) when specifying which you mean.
A business term you could have learned from a strategy board game of diplomacy, conflict, and conquest?
Several mediocre games try to depict this epic poem.
In a text message: "be careful" — but something that probably only a parent would say.
The world’s largest nonprofit membership organization serving all individuals who create games.
A type of invulnerability.
Root, coming from Greek where it has the meaning 'contest' or 'prize.'
A way to have parties of more than 5 and up to 40 people.
Now famous for playing Among Us on Twitch, a 'first' in streaming history for members of the US Congress.
Abbrev. for an annual club football competition dating back to 1955. Today one of the most prestigious football tournaments in the world.
Initials of an action-adventure platforming videogame based on a Disney Channel Original Series, an animated musical comedy featuring two step-brothers during their summer vacation.
The media game development and publishing company founded for the development of Hugo video game series in 1998.
There's still a chance!
A famous archeologist's cup size.