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Chapter 1. First Steps > Terminology

Terminology

What do you think of when you see the word isometric? Tile-based? Avatar? Don't worry, there's no need to run for your dictionary. Entering the world of game development, you'll find that, as with all specialized fields, a lot of descriptive terms are commonly used when talking about games. It is important to understand, or at least have some idea of, what a word means when you run across it in this book. Most of these terms will be described in more detail in later chapters, but here's an overview to get you started.

Game Views

A game view is the player's perspective in the game. Is the player seeing everything through a character's eyes, or from above? Each of the possible views has its own name. The game view is sometimes referred to as the point of view.


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