Some games are simple affairs when it comes to Player Characters
: you rush toward your enemies, your Infinity+1 Sword
held aloft, and either they die or you do. This is the basic premise of the One-Hit-Point Wonder
. Other Player Characters
, though, are a bit more complicated.
How many more hits can your guy take before it's Game Over
? How high can he jump? How much damage will his Incantation of Incineration inflict? If these answers aren't fixed or completely random, then they're most likely determined by your character's Stats.
Stats (short for Statistics) are basically the numbers that represent your character's abilities, and they're used to calculate how well your character will do at various different tasks (e.g., Strength
being used to determine jumping height, damage dealt on attacks, or the number of objects that can be carried at once). They're mostly associated with combat-oriented gameplay, although any genre that offers goals and a chance of success or failure can have them (e.g., a Dating Sim
). While some stats are common to the point of being almost universal, there's no actual law determining what or how many stats a game uses in its system. A given game can have anywhere from 1 to over 400, and chart anything from Hit Points
See also Role-Playing Game Terms
and Stat Meters
. Not to be confused with Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics
Types of Stats