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Game Development Dictionary

File Formats

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A format for encoding video. MPEG-1 was the original format which is used extensively for computer graphics, MPEG-2 is the basis for DVD.

VOC File

Creative Labs' sound format made popular with the Sound Blaster.


A plain unformatted ASCII text file.


Extensible Markup Language - A metalanguage written in SGML that allows you to design a markup language, used to allow for the easy interchange of documents on the World Wide Web.

World Wide Web Consortium


Portable Network Graphics. A graphics format that was brought about due to the licensing disagreements conerning GIF and JPEG.


.PCX is a graphic format created by ZSoft. Was sometimes used in DOS and early Windows games as it is a fairly simple format and supports Run-Length Encoding.


TIFF is an acronym for Tag(ged) Image File Format. It is one of the most popular and flexible of the current public domain raster file formats.