I haven't really focused on effects really before, so I'm not really sure what things are called. Like, I went to google how to make an explosion for real time with planes that are always faced towards the camera, but I had no idea what that's called. (at least I think that's how it works...)
I was just thinking of how to make the electricity on my sniper rifle
and was looking at how the explosion of a Halo plasma grenade
worked. The plasma dust and little electric parts looked like that's how they functioned.