Boss (video games)

Boss (video games)

A boss is a computer-controlled opponent which is found in video games. [Burt, Andy (2008-4). "No More Heroes: The Killer Boss Guide", "GamePro" vol. 235., pg. 66.] Their purpose is to test the skills that the player has accumulated over the course of a game. Boss battles are generally seen at the climax of a particular section of the game, usually at the end of a stage or level, or guarding a specific objective, and the boss enemy is generally far stronger than the minions the player has faced up to that point.Thompson, Clive. (2006-05-08) [http://www.wired.com/gaming/gamingreviews/commentary/games/2006/05/70832 Who's the Boss?] "Wired". Retrieved on 2008-03-22.] A fight with a boss character is commonly referred to as a boss battle. [ [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19082757/ Top 5 boss battles] .
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History

The first interactive game to feature a boss was "dnd", a 1975 computer role-playing game for the PLATO system. [http://www.armory.com/~dlp/dnd1.html Gary Whisenhunt, Ray Wood, Dirk Pellett, and Flint Pellett's DND] . [http://www.armory.com The Armory] . Retrieved on 2008-04-08.] [http://www.uvlist.net/game-160118 dnd (The Game of Dungeons)] . [http://www.uvlist.net/ Universal Videogame List] . Retrieved on 2008-04-09.] One of the earliest dungeon crawls, "dnd" implemented many of the core concepts behind "Dungeons & Dragons". The objective of the game is to retrieve an "Orb" from the bottommost dungeon. [ [http://www.gamasutra.com/features/20070223a/barton_02.shtml The History of Computer Role-Playing Games Part 1: The Early Years (1980-1983)] . [http://www.gamasutra.com Gamasutra] . Retrieved on 2008-04-07.] The orb is kept in a treasure room guarded by a high-level enemy named the Gold Dragon. Only by defeating the Dragon can the player claim the orb, complete the game, and be eligible to appear on the high score list. [ [http://www.spiritus-temporis.com/dnd-(computer-game)/ Dnd (computer game)] . [http://www.spiritus-temporis.com/ Spiritus-Temporis.com] . Retrieved on 2008-04-03.]

The first arcade game to feature a boss was "Phoenix", a fixed shooter developed by Taito in 1980. [Sterbakov, Hugh. (2008-03-05) [http://www.gamepro.com/gamepro/domestic/games/features/166668.shtml The 47 Most Diabolical Video-Game Villains of All Time] . Gamepro. Retrieved on 2008-04-28.] "Phoenix" includes five levels ("Rounds") which pit the player against swarms of alien birds. During the first two Rounds, the player is assaulted by the pigeon-like "Scouts", whereas the more formidable "Soldiers" are introduced in Rounds 3 and 4. On disposing these enemies, a giant mothership appears in the fifth and final Round. [http://www.arcade-history.com/index.php?page=detail&id=1961 Pheonix] . [http://www.arcadehistory.com Arcade-History] . Retrieved on 2008-03-14.]

Variations

A "miniboss" or "sub-boss" is an intermediate kind of enemy, typically appearing in the middle of a level or immediately prior to the level's actual boss.

A "boss rush" is a round in which boss characters from earlier in the game are fought in succession, often leading up to a big boss. This is found in such games as "Bonk's Adventure", "Crash Team Racing", "Space Harrier", "Monster in My Pocket", "Mega Man", and the "Kirby" series.

References

External links

* [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19082757/ Top 5 boss battles] at MSNBC
* [http://www.gamespot.com/gamespot/features/all/tenspot/0918boss/ Top 10 Video game Bosses] at GameSpot
* [http://www.retrojunk.com/details_articles/776/ Retro Junk - Top 10 Bosses of the 2D Era] at [http://www.retrojunk.com/ Retro Junk]


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