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Library of Terms
These terms are used throughout the site to describe and group content.

# A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A
A button
Press the "A" button.
A Continuation Of A Dream
Doujin developer. Also known as "夢の続き". Developed Alice Senki and Alice Senki 2, which contains various characters from AliceSoft.
Accend Inc.
Makers of Violent Vengeance - The Universe Hero.
Acclaim
Well known for continuously pumping out ports and licensed games, most of which of dubious quality. Folded in 2004, resurrected as an MMO company two years later.
Accolade
Defunct developer with a mixed bag of classics (Turrican, Test Drive) and crap (Bubsy, Ballz).
Acmesoft
Taiwanese developer
Activision
The first third-party developer in console game history. Known in the golden ages for Atari 2600 classics such as Pitfall! and River Raid. They rarely do stuff in-house now, and are most known for series that suffer from sequelitis, such as Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk.
ADK
Alpha Denshi Corp., Ltd. While they were around before the Neo Geo, their heyday was undoubtedly on that system. Apparently absorbed into SNK at some point around the Neo Geo's demise.
Adventure Mode
The game features an extensive single-player game which uses the "fighting mode" as a means of conflict resolution. Other minigames may abound, and character growth (as in an RPG) may occur.
Aeria Games
Japanese developer and publisher of mobile/smartphone games. Co-developed Gangan!! Battlerush with SEM & O.
Agumix
A defunct Japanese company that developed adult games for computer systems between the late 1980's to the mid-1990's.
Air Also
Can also execute while in mid-air.
Air Block
A universal method of defense while jumping or otherwise air borne. Exact rules vary wildly from game to game.
Air Dash
Dashes that can be performed in mid-air.
Air Only
Execute while in mid-air.
Air Recovery
Characters possess the ability to recover from a "knockdown" state while in mid-air.
Air Throw
Throws can be performed in the air by all members of the cast.
Air Turn
Ability to turn around in mid-air.
AKI
Developer primarily known for wrestling titles.
Akimine Kamijyo
Creator of Samurai Deeper Kyo ("Akimine Kamijyo" is her pen-name).
Akira Toriyama
Creator of all things Dragonball.
Akita Shoten
Japanese manga publisher.
alexgizh
The Macedonian Master of Mystery

An expert when it comes to things absolutely no one has heard of. Responsible for discovering and disseminating to FAB Staff a number of wildly obscure Korean MS-DOS games.
Alfa System
Responsible for porting a great deal of things to the Turbo CD, the Godzilla 2D fighters was however their own creation. Currently sort of floating by on their flagship shmup, Shikigami no Shiro.
Alias
An alter-ego or alternate personality utilized as needed.
Allumer
Relatively non-prolific Japanese developer.
Almanic Corp.
A company
Altacia
Japanese visual novel game developer founded sometime in 1993 until officially folding in early 2008. They developed and published games for the NEC PC-9801 home computer and later on for Microsoft's Windows systems.
AM2
A subsidiary of Sega, properly known as Sega Amusement Machine Research and Development Department 2. Responsible for a majority of Sega's more popular fighting game titles.
Amiga
Commodore's popular self-contained computer, it went through several incarnations, including the CD-based Amiga CD32. Home to ports of many popular fighting games, and the original title Fightin' Spirit.
Amstrad CPC
Another one of those wacky computer systems from the 1980's.
Ancestor
Though related, the exactly nature is either ancient or otherwise indeterminate.
And
Do the preceding and following simultaneously.
Andrés Borghi
Andrés Borghi is an Argentinean multimedia producer. He designed The Black Heart for M.U.G.E.N release
Android
Google's open-source mobile platform.
Android TV
A microconsole running on Android technology, which has a generic download store such as from Google Play or Amazon. These releases do not include closed Android microconsoles such as OUYA or GameStick.
Angel Studios
Developer of Sailor Moon titles.
anon
The Semi-Covert Contributor

Birthplace: Scotland
Birthdate: June 8, 1989
Fighting Style: ...A Glaswegian needs none... ಠ_ಠ
Favourite Foods/Drinks: Chips, crisps, Irn Bru, Jack Daniel's and coke, snakebites with vodka
Likes: Free time, knowing things

Sorry to disappoint,...
Any Attack
Any attack button.
Any Direction
Any directional input besides Neutral is acceptable.
Any Kick
Press any available kick button.
Any Punch
Press any available punch button.
Any Slash
Press any available Slash button.
Apogee
Big daddy of MS-DOS shareware back in the day.
APPSolute games
Mostly mobile developer with a notoriously terrible pun name.
Aquaplus
A Japanese company founded in October 1994 that specializes in the publishing and distribution of visual novel games under their brand Leaf which produces adult games. Prior to their visual novel distribution, they're also involved in music, franchised restaurants, and at one time in the distribution of automobiles.
Arc System Works
Development House led by Daisuke Ishiwatari, best known for their alternative fighting game series, Guilty Gear.
Arcade
Blanket term for unique or otherwise uncommon JAMMA hardware.
Archetype
Overall generality, like a stereotype or cliche.
Argonaut
Developers behind the engine for Nintendo's Star Fox and Super FX chip. Released some other quality games later in life like the delightful I-Ninja, but nailed their coffin shut with the Catwoman movie game.
Arika
Founded by Street Fighter II co-creator Akira Nishitani, they developed the Street Fighter EX games with Capcom, and produced some of their own fighters. Other than assisting Crafts & Meister with Super Dragon Ball Z, they've mostly stuck to puzzle games as of late.
Arix Team
Korean developer, in business since 1990.
Artdink
Japanese company that normally focuses on developing quirky games.
Artificial Life
Mobile developer.
ASCII Entertainment
Venerable Japanese developer/publisher. They've created several "make your own game" packages over the years, for RPGs, shooting games, and fighters.
ASCII Media Works
Japanese publisher. ASCII and MediaWorks were two separate companies before they decided to become ASCII Media Works. Mostly known for publishing computer magazines, manga and video games.
Ask Kodansha
Also known as Kodansha Ltd., The largest Japanese publisher of books, magazines, multimedia products and games which headquarters in the wards of Bunkyo, Tokyo.
At Wall
Must be performed next to a wall (abstract 2D stage wall or actual wall)
Atari
Far removed from their roots as the most popular video game company in the 1970's, Atari is now the name for the former Infogrames/GT Interactive.
Atari 2600
Atari 2600 was the first massively popular console. Although it more or less died in '83 with the Video Game Crash, it is still very popular for homebrew applications.
Atari ST
Personal computer released by Atari in the mid-1980's.
Atlantean Interactive Games
Publisher of Catfight
Atlus
Created the Power Instinct series.
Atomiswave
Ill-fated arcade hardware pushed by Sammy as a new inexpensive cartridge-based platform; basically a cheaper variant of the already well-established Naomi board.
Atrativa
Little-known company tangentially related to Yuki Enterprise, responsible for Jingi Storm and some mahjong game.
Atreid Concept
French development company
Attack 1
Press the attack 1 button.
Attack 2
Press the attack 2 button.
Attack 3
Press the attack 3 button.
Attack 4
Press the attack 4 button.
Attack Button
Press the "attack" button.
Attire
Attributes of a characters default or most common in game uniform.
Attribute Select
Players can modify the performance of their characters to a certain degree before the battle.
Augmentation
A technique that does little or nothing on its own, but increases the effectiveness of other moves.
Ausystem
Doujin developer.
Auto Combo
A string of attacks which are successively guaranteed if one of them should connect.
Axe To Grind Productions
Company of which just one game is known. It employed graphicians and musicians that previously had already been working for other companies.