cut·​scene ˈkət-ˌsēn How to pronounce cutscene (audio)
variants or less commonly cut-scene or cut scene
plural cutscenes also cut-scenes or cut scenes
: a noninteractive video sequence that occurs between segments of a video game and depicts part of the game's background or storyline
Extra bits of story are delivered every two or three levels, each cutscene lasting just a few seconds and providing a further, fleeting glance at the bizarre roster of characters.Joe Martin
Excellent cinematic cutscenes are dotted throughout the game, with rebel communications and face-to-face talks giving you hints on your progress.Matthew Horan
Ninja Gaiden is also notable for being one of the first action games to have cutscenes between levels.Chris Reed
You won't encounter an explicitly relayed narrative—there are no cut-scenes or dialog text; instead, the story is uncovered through the game's lo-fi and maquette-like environments, each filled with sad, funny, and poignant details.Lewis Gordon

Examples of cutscene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Enemy sprites have been perfected; weapons look believable and somehow feel weightier; lighting has more balance; most impressively, cutscenes have been painstakingly upscaled, and obviously without AI, bringing characters to life but maintaining that retro sheen. Matt Gardner, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Then, there is just one more cutscene that’s a must-watch before The Final Shape. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 The game lays it on thick, with cutscenes bordering on comedy that tout Earth’s united and militaristic regime, having already plundered the galaxy. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, 28 Feb. 2024 Background music, Sound effects and JP audio does not play during the opening cutscene. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Fixed crash when using text-to-speech during extraction cutscene Game no longer crashes when users disconnect during the joining cutscene. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 By the third and fourth games, there were even full-motion video cutscenes starring Hamill, which really brought Wing Commander to life in a way most gamers had never seen before. Keith Langston and Randall Colburn,, 6 May 2023 Takei's many cutscenes in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3. Anna Washenko, Ars Technica, 4 Dec. 2023 Thankfully, Naughty Dog also brought optional commentary to the main story’s cutscenes, including musings from both developers and actors like Ashley Johnson and Laura Bailey. Katcy Stephan, Variety, 16 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1992, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cutscene was in 1992

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“Cutscene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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