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A guide to SCII unit composition slang

While managing this question, I have realized that there are few references online for SCII slang or jargon, which is frequently used by commentators during casts of SCII games. Games are often short, ...
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Are there canon or otherwise widely accepted names for groups of Starcraft 2 units?

Groups of animals have special names: +------------+--------------+ | Animal | Group Name | +------------+--------------+ | alligators | congregation | | iguanas | mess | | owls ...
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What is the name of the view in games like Cadillacs and Dinosaurs?

I need to know the kind of projection in games like Cadillacs and Dinosarus (beat ´em up). Cavalier, cabinet, isometric, ...?
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Why is there a BANANA in Inferno?

I was watching a recent replay of a CS:GO match. For some reason the casters kept talking about a team "keeping great control of banana". For example at around 19:04 in this ESL video. At first I ...
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Is there a name for the type of video games that encourage to play for short periods of time but regularly?

I'm thinking of games like Animal Crossing, which encourage you to play of short periods of time (like 20 minutes) but regularly, for example everyday, and where playing for hours straight make no ...
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What exactly is the Masamune sword?

The Masamune sword is featured in many games that I've played over the years, from Soul Calibur to Chrono Trigger to Final Fantasy. It's a sword that is usually surrounded with some sort of magical ...
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What is “rubber banding”?

I was playing CS:GO today, and someone on my team who wasn't moving said that he was "rubber banding". I never heard that term before, and I'm not sure what that means. What does "rubber banding" ...
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What is a frame trap, and what is a string?

I've seen many youtubers continue to use both terms but I never really understood what they meant? Can someone please help?
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What's the difference between “Free” versus “Free to Play” on Steam?

On Steam, there are the labels "Free" and "Free to Play" - what is the difference between the two?
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What does it mean to “top deck”?

I see this term getting thrown around a lot in the Hearthstone community and not a lot of context is there to fully understand its' meaning. What does it mean if someone is "topdecking"?
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What's the difference between a “Roguelike” and a “Roguelite” game?

What exactly defines a Roguelike game and what is the difference between them and Roguelite games?
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How do you explain ganking, carrying, farming, etc. to a newcomer?

These terms can only be fully learned after hours of practice, but to give a beginner a feel of these terms when his or her team talks about these, how would you explain these terms in context of DotA ...
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What does “FOW” stand for in Just Cause 3?

It seems to be the long-range weapon Di Ravello's forces have, but I don't remember anyone ever explaining exactly what it is or even what "FOW" stands for. In my head, I've been thinking of it as the ...
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Origin of the name Brahmin in fallout

Brahmin are a caste of religious teachers in Hinduism. Does the FO4 name for cows, Brahmin, have anything to do with this? I was thinking it's possible since Hinduism reveres cows.
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What does tryhard mean exactly?

So, tryhard. I've seen the word used in many contexts, with seemingly different meanings. In some places, it seems to qualify a type of game or game element (specific characters or subsystems) ...
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Is the Age of Empires Series a 4X Game?

I recently encountered the tag 4X when I was on the Steam page for Endless Legend. So I did a bit research and found even on this site following answer in this topic from Kevin Y: According to ...
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Purely fictional message

At the start of some games it says say that: "Anything portrayed in this game is purely fictional and any similarities are completely coincidental" Does that mean every single element of the game? ...
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Why are cheaters called 'modders' in GTA: Online?

Cheat programs are used by players a lot in GTA Online freemode. (Moreover, players reported as cheaters do not seem to be banned/blocked by Rockstar). I can't understand why people (some of them ...
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What is the difference between a (re)skin and a texture?

When searching through mods for TF2, I came across some confusion. Creators used the word "skin" to describe a remake of the default skin for objects, including adding sections (see LED Sentry skin). ...
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What is the expanded form of Adds.

I listen to several Destiny podcasts that use the term "adds" in reference to the little bad guys that try to get you while you are trying to get a boss. But I don't know what that stands for. Any ...
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What is the word for when players give all high level advantages to lvl 1 players?

Say that you start a new character in a online game which has ways to progress (such as leveling up / improving your character) and you're playing it with a friend that knows 100% about the game, but ...
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What game genre do these games fall into?

I have taken an interest in a few games I have found on the internet, such as Fairy Fencer F, Hypderdimension Nuptunia; Rebirth 1 and One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3. I have looked around, but can not ...
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What does PSX/TAS mean?

Typically in speedruns, I see in the title PSX and/or TAS, like a Metal Gear Solid 1 speedrun. What does both PSX and TAS mean?
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What is order of play and how does it work? [duplicate]

I have been an avid (casual) player of hearthstone since its initial release. While I have played my share of games, I have never bothered to delve deeper into the mechanics of the game. After ...
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What is 16-bit music called?

So I am a big Nerdcore junkie. Loving video game music and Nerdcore music. As of such, I have a LOT of 8-bit Chiptune music in my iTunes library. But I also have music that would be considered 16-bit, ...
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What is a “rule of right” RPG? (a.k.a. “Oudou RPG”)

I've seen this term applied to Bravely Default, Final Fantasy and other JRPGs, but I haven't been able to find a definition for it.
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Does the 'Go' in some game titles mean something?

There are a lot of games with the word 'Go' in the title. I noticed this with the release of Hitman GO, and now again today with the release of Lara Croft GO. A quick search on the (Windows) store, ...
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What is “Tread Switching” and how can lower ranked players utilize it?

Power treads give +9 to either Strength, Agility, or Intelligence. You can switch between the "active" attribute. When buying them for my hero, the default thing I'd do is set them to my hero's ...
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What are Scripts in League of Legends

I was playing a game not too long ago and our mid player got completely destroyed. He was accusing the other player of scripting. Maybe he was wrong and just a sore loser, but it's not the first time ...
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What is ADS in sniping?

I feel a tad stupid. I play as a sniper in almost any FPS I play, but I recently came across this term (ADS). What does it mean? What is its significance?
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Why button check?

(Competitive) (Ultimate) Marvel vs. Capcom 3 matches typically start with a button check. Do the players perform actions simply to check that (all of) their button assignments are correct? Is it not ...
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When did 'frags' correlate to 'kills'?

The definition of fragging from the dictionary is: deliberately kill (an unpopular senior officer), typically with a hand grenade. In today's shooter games we see the term frags being thrown ...
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The converse of 1up is …?

In videogames we usually see that extra new lives are called 1up. What would the converse of 1up be? 1 down?
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Why are Hidden Machines so called?

In the Pokémon games, there are certain moves that you teach your Pokémon via a machine that comes in 2 varieties, Technical or Hidden. The Technical Machine comes from the Japanese " わざマシン ", which ...
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What's the genre of game where you have to look after a community that grows in real time?

I remember once playing a game where you had to look after an island of people that had crash landed and they would work and build and grow in real time (i.e. you would have to say "collect wood for ...
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What is “meta” in the context of Guild Wars 2? [duplicate]

Due to the recent update to Guild Wars 2, which has changed the trait system, I've heard lots of people asking "What's the new meta?" and "Meta hasn't been outed yet" In this context, what does ...
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Match 3 sub genre

Most match 3 games allow you to swap two items on a grid allowing you to create groups of three or more items. Dungeon raid allows you to draw a line through three or more similar items to create ...
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What does CDM mean?

What does CDM mean? I've got it as buff on my equipment, but there is no reference as far as I know in the game to it. There is nothing in the list on Wikipedia that fits either (assuming I can't ...
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What is the Elo hell?

In my earlier post I used this image: The last sentence reads: "Bem-vindo ao ELO hell" -> translated -> "Welcome to ELO hell". What is the ELO hell?
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What is a continent?

In Civilization 2, two wonders of the world refer in their rules to "continents." Hoover Dam: Provides Hydro power to every city on every continent. And J. S. Bach's Cathedral: ...
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What does deploying “spot on” mean?

I recently started playing Ingress and overtook a few portals - then had a message from someone (on the same team) saying: We got turned over last night. Capture all you like but please deploy ...
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Is there a name for the category of games where you use programming code to fight each other?

I don't know if I dreamt about this or if it exists, here is the setup: One textfield for code-input (probably javascript) A playground with two or more robots/tanks. By writing instructions you ...
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What does RNG mean?

I think I've heard it in the context of speed-running Pokémon and other games. I think it means luck. It can be found around Arqade, but no one has asked what it means (as its own question).
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What does term “nerf” mean? in Hearthstone [duplicate]

I keep hearing the term nerf over the internet, specially in Hearthstone discussions. For example: "Six Hearthstone Cards That Need a Good Nerf". & "Why Blizzard won't nerf Dr. Boom?" What does ...
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What's the right term for the list of “X killed Y with Z” messages in a multiplayer shooter?

It's probably obvious from the title, but I'm specifically thinking of messages like ProGamer64 [image of shotgun] L33tCamper that appear in the bottom right corner when a kill happens, then ...
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What is a tick?

What is a tick? I have heard many instances of tick being used. For example, people will say that demos are recorded in 16 tick, that servers run in 64 tick, but really good servers will run in 128 ...
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Why are FPS teams called “clans”?

In some genres, but especially in FPSs, teams of players are often called clans. Why was this specific word chosen? This is in contrast to guild or faction in RPGs, but here I can see why - they are ...
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What type of game is Scorched Earth?

There is a certain type of game where you control a single "tank" character, and fire upon other players, attempting to get the correct firing trajectory and a wide variety of weapons to defeat your ...
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What is request and leave in Clash of Clans?

What does request and leave mean with respect to Supercell's clash of clans ? I have seen too many clan description as request and leave!
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What is the period after a game's main story line ends called?

Sometimes after you finish a game main storyline the game doesn't end there, and presents other opportunities to finish old quests or perhaps unlock new areas. Examples of this are like Fallout 3 ...