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platformer

derivation; noun
A 2D game whose main gameplay mechanics involve controlling a character to jump between various platforms; a platform game
 
A “platformer” is simply a “platform game,” but it’s interesting that “platform” seems to act as a verb in the word formation process. Indeed, in the same source, the author used “fun platforming challenges” to mean fun challenges involving jumping around various platforms with the character. Therefore, “platformer” likely comes from “platform” as a verb, which in turn is derived from “platform game.” A “platformer” can also be a “scroller,” meaning a game featuring the scrolling of the game world (usually to the right), so one might have served as the analogical model for the other. A “clicker” also falls into the same category of using the gameplay mechanics to name a genre of games.
Etymology : Compounding of verb “platform” + affix “er”
Source : “Despite appearing at first to be yet another retro pixel-art 2D platformer...” from a US game media review in Jan 2018.
Last modified: 26 November 2020


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