After playing video games for almost three decades, certain tropes, idioms, themes, titles, and characters become recurring fixtures.

How many galactic genocides have you averted? How many times have loosed an arrow through Gannon's vital organs in order to rescue Zelda? How many times have you performed a successful fatality?

Hundreds of times? Thousands of time? Hundreds of thousands of times? Video games speak in their own language, sometimes overt, other times cryptic, but there are repeated phrases that make up their speech patterns. We've put together the Illustrated Alphabet of Video Games to honor some of the most notable inclusions in video games and the letters they represent.

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