The Video Game Critic's Explanation of Icons
In order to spice up the reviews, I often assign icons to each game. Some icons are insightful and some are just silly, but I like to think they add a little spice to the reviews. Below are explanations of the 87 icons spread over 11 arbitrary categories. See Icon Statistics Page
for statistical breakdown.
|Seasonal winter fun
|Features snow, ice, and harsh winter conditions.
|Seasonal spring fun
|Features scenic spring elements.
|Seasonal summer fun
|Features summer elements such as beach, aquatic, and tropical locations.
|Seasonal autumn fun
|Features colorful autumn elements.
|Ideal to play around the holidays.
|Embodies the creepy sights and sounds of Halloween.
|Head To Head
|Ideal for one-on-one competition.
|Team up with a friend to play this one.
|Supports multiple players
|Try this game when you have some friends over.
|This game contains terrific music.
|This game is likely to make you laugh.
|Rising from the Ashes
|Marks a long-awaited return for the series.
|Chicks Dig This
|Chicks Dig This
|Even girls like this game! That's sexist.
|Not a well-known title, but worth checking out.
|Split Screen 2P
|Contains a local two-player split-screen mode
|Split Screen 4P
|Supports split-screen for up to four players
|Requires constant connection
|Requires constant online connection to play.
|May Cause Nausea
|May cause nausea due to motion sickness, ugly graphics, or poor gameplay.
|Long load times
|Suffers from long, aggravating load screens.
|May cause pain
|May cause pain to hand or wrist.
|Bugs and glitches
|This game is known to have glitches and bugs.
|May cause drowsiness
|Do not play while operating heavy machinery. Might put you to sleep.
|This game didn't live up to expectations.
|This is a role-playing style game (usually turn-based).
|This is a strategy game.
|This is a puzzle-oriented game (Tetris, Dr. Mario, etc).
|Game is musical in nature (Guitar Hero, Dance Central, etc).
|A collection of older games in one package.
|This game has build-it-yourself features.
|Full Motion Video
|Full Motion Video
|This game contains full-motion video.
|This game may contain educational subject matter.
|Suitable for children
|This game is suitable for young children.
|Adult Subject Matter
|This game contains adult themes and is unsuitable for kids.
|Violence and gore
|May contain brutal violence, blood, and gore.
|This game contains profanity.
|This game has been a source of controversy.
|Caution: This is a scary game!
|Caution: This game is extremely frightening!
|Caution: This game is downright terrifying!
|Only available via download from an on-line service like Xbox Live.
|Fine Literature Award
|Comes with high quality instruction manual.
|5.25" floppy disk
|Comes on 5.25" floppy disk media.
|Game is stored on card media.
|Comes on a CD. Notable for systems like Neo Geo which also support cartridges.
|This game comes on two CDs.
|This game comes on three CDs.
|This game comes on four CDs.
|Best when played using an arcade-style joystick.
|Light gun support
|Supports (or requires) light gun controller.
|Steering wheel support
|This game works with an optional steering wheel controller.
|This game supports optional trak-ball controller.
|Balance board support
|Supports balance board controller (like the one for the Wii).
|Supports (or requires) keyboard controller.
|Uses Atari 2600 paddle controllers.
|Supports motion controls like the Kinect or Move.
|Game supports voice synthesis (Intellivision) or voice recognition (microphone).
|Works with 3D glasses such as those available for the Sega Master System.
|Named after Arthur of Ghouls and Ghosts fame, this is hard as nails.
|This game is short
|You can finish this game in a short period of time.
|This game may contain one or more hot-looking babes.
|This game is extremely manly.
|Best at Night
|Best at night
|This game is best enjoyed at night.
|Better when drinking
|This game is more fun if you've been drinking.
|May require use of brain
|This game is cerebral in nature.
|Rare and Expensive
|This game is rare and expensive.
|This game was released as an inexpensive budget title.
|This review is totally fake
|This review was posted on April Fools Day.
|This game originated from outside of the USA.
|This is a home-made title developed for a classic system.
|This game is a modified version of an old title.
|This is an unfinished, previously unreleased prototype.
|Based on a film
|This game is based on a movie.
|Based on TV show
|This game is based on a television program.
|May contain penguins
|This game may contain penguins.
|Contains scenic skylines
|Contains scenic city building skylines.
|Caution: May contain rabbits
|Caution: This game may contain bunny rabbits.
|May contain cheese
|This game may contain cheese. Yes, the dairy product.
|May contain eggplant
|Caution: This game may contain eggplant.
|May contain chickens
|This game may contain chickens.
|May contain pigs
|This game may contain pigs.
|May contain sharks
|This game may contain sharks.
|May contain monkeys
|This game may contain monkeys.
|May contain dragons
|This game may contain dragons.
|This game contains a graveyard!
|This shooter features obligatory exploding red barrels.
|May contain clowns
|This game may contain frightening clowns.
|May contain pirates
|This game contains pirates (as in Pirates of the Caribbean).
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