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What is an Elite card in Hearthstone?

You can divide Hearthstone cards by mechanics, by class, by type, by set(basic, expert etc...), by rarity etc... But I couldn't find what is an Elite card? For example Leeroy Jenkins is an elite card. ...
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What is kiting?

What does the term 'kiting' mean when used for games? I've seen the term thrown around here and there in reference to a few different games. Are there specific types of games that it applies to?
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What is roaming in League of Legends?

In Elementz tier list I keep reading that certain champions are very good at roaming. What is roaming? Does the term roaming come from another game or is it unique to League of Legends?
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What is Smurfing in online games?

What does Smurfing mean when applied to online games?
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What is an AAA game?

I have seen some games being called "AAA". What does it mean?
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How did the term 'buff' originate?

I was interested in learning that the term 'nerf' originated from Nerf gun toys. The opposite of nerf is buff, but I have found no information on the origin of it. How did the term 'buff' originate?
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What does it mean when a game is a 4X game?

I've seen the term 4X game used to describe games, primarily strategy games. What does this term mean?
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What kind of game is Flappy Bird/Swing Copters? [duplicate]

The games Flappy Bird and Swing Copters, both created by Dong Ngyuyen, have very similar play mechanics. Both require the player to navigate a character through gaps in walls, and require very little ...
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What does 'buffer' mean?

Because LK roll is the safest/leaves you with the most time to buffer/do that whatever. http://gaming.stackexchange.com/a/177208/46216   There are three standard ways of pulling off a 360: ...
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(Super) Street Fighter IV “Option Select” and “Hit Confirm”

What do the two terms "option select" and "hit confirm" mean in the context of Street Fighter IV? Do they carry on to other fighting games?
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What does POI stand for in the context of 7 Days to Die?

So, Alpha 9.1 for 7 Days to Die just hit STEAM. I'm going through the release notes within the changes and fixes they mention POI, such as: Lightly increased chance to find Wilderness POIs in ...
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What are Dynamic Shadows?

The other day I was confronted by someone complaining that Watch Dogs does not have dynamic shadows. I thought Watch Dogs looked pretty good, why do you need dynamic shadows? What are dynamic shadows ...
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What is the difference between waveclear and pushing power?

As discussed in the comments of this answer, what is the difference between waveclear and pushing power?
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What does TTK mean?

When playing Wildstar I read a lot about TTK on the forums. I assume it has something to do with DPS but what does it actually stand for?
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What does Snowballing mean?

I heard Snowballing in a lot of league of legends gameplay videos and I don't know what it means. For example I hear Renekton can snowball really hard.
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What does “stagger” mean?

In the Heavy Armor skill tree, the following perk exists: Tower of Strength: 50% less stagger when wearing only Heavy Armor. What does "stagger" mean in this context? Does it do anything if you ...
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What is the generic term for a 'Collector' gamer?

Is there a word or phrase to describe a player who plays for aesthetics? I'm talking about MMO players mainly, but it's also present in other game types. For example, a player who: Resets his ...
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What was the first game to use humorous progress bars? [closed]

And do they have a name? They seem to have become common on loading screens. Example:
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How did the term 'noob' originate?

The terms 'n00b', 'nub', and 'newby' are all over gamer culture, but where did they come from? Did someone just decide we need a general word for someone who is unskilled? Is it a corruption of 'new' ...
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What does 'kobe' mean?

I have heard the word 'kobe' (pronounced koh-bee) said in gaming videos by VanossGaming, usually just before he gets a throwing knife kill. What does 'kobe' mean?
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What does backdoor mean in strategy games like DotA or LoL?

What does backdoor technically mean in strategy games like DotA or League of Legends? Is it an accepted tactic or there are some rules that forbid it?
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What is a 'clutch' in competitive gaming? (Not in the car sense)

I have heard this term being used to describe a particular Pokemon in a person's team. It comes out of the competitive scene, although I don't really get what it means. For example, a blog post about ...
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What does PROC mean?

I understand what it is, like an item proc that delivers an effect on hit for example. But what does PROC actually mean? Does it stand for something or is it short for another word?
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Toon VS Character VS Sprite [duplicate]

I am hoping this is not a dumb question, but I have looked around and not knowing this is really bugging me. I have heard many people talk about a "Toon" or a "Character", and a few times of a ...
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What is the difference between vanilla Minecraft and FTB?

What is the difference between vanilla and FTB Minecraft? I was playing Minecraft and my brother asked if it was vanilla or FTB and I said I didn't know. So now I am asking this site to see what the ...
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Why are bosses called 'bosses'?

There were bosses in games ever since 1975, and I don't think I really have to define 'boss' here. But how did the word get stuck? And when was the first time when the challenging enemy was referred ...
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When does mid / late game phase begins?

I'm not sure if it's late game either by champion level or by the game time. People say "early phase you won't do damage, but you do at mid game" Anyway to refer when do these phases begin?
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What is a free kill in LoL?

I often read or hear that term even if they're referring to some full hp target. I could think that as a kill that has no damage risk at all, but I'm not feeling sure about it.
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What does “Go to town” mean?

I've played Diablo II since release and to me "Go to town" means open town portal, heal, sell items, brag a bit and maybe take a minute to relax. But the other gamers on the net seem to mean something ...
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What is a Speedling?

I often hear of "Speedlings" in Starcraft 2 but what do they mean exactly? And why are they so good? How can I hinder the enemy from building extensions with Speedlings?
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What are the units in Age of Mythology saying?

What are the units saying in Age of Mythology? For example, when I click on a Hoplite he says "Prostagma". What does that mean? Is there a resource that has all the unit's quotes for all the races ...
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Where did the 'pwnage' or 'pwn' or (verb) 'to pwn' come from ?

I know it is a malformation of ownage or to dominate your opponent beyond normal or average means of victory, but why is it Pwnage? Why the 'P' there? Was it a combination of two different words?
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What's a 2×4 ultra clock?

In this video, the uploaders describe a mechanism to "automate" the mining of trees by filling blocks around and above tree you mine with air, while accelerating the speed at which "random ticks ...
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What is a flaccid grab?

I see balls getting chastised in chat for performing a 'flaccid grab'? To what manoeuvre does this refer?
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Rush Deck and Aggro Deck

Lately I have been trying to educate myself in regards to the terminology of Hearthstone. Which leads me to my wish, to try out different types of decks. But on thing that I dont get, is the ...
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What is MMR and how is it calculated?

The only thing I know about MMR is that it influences your matchup with other players. I'm assuming its similar to the ELO system but I'm not exactly sure what that is either. What is MMR? How is it ...
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Is there such a genre where the main gameplay focuses on writing bots?

What is the name of the genre of game where you don't actually play, but rather you program your own player, using, e.g. a scripting language? I'm not asking for a list. I'm asking for the ...
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What does “Aggro” mean?

I have heard "aggro" said in commentaries in a few different contexts and I have no idea what it really means. I can figure out what the commentator means, but I don't understand that word.
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What is the source for calling your characters “Toons”

I've seen that in games where a player has an "arsenal" of several characters and each time he plays with one of them, like MMORPGs and the Diablo series, people refer to their characters as "toons". ...
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What does the term “aggro deck” mean?

I think I understand what aggro means in the context of an MMO and explicitly in World of Warcraft. Arqade even has a good answer to What does "Aggro" mean? What I am not understanding from the ...
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Where did 'Soon™' originate?

I've seen coming Soon™ attached to some Valve and Blizzard products, but did it start with one of them (and if so, which)? What was the first game (or other product) that was to be launched with the ...
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Need explaination for tag description on servers

While browsing around for servers I faced the server list featuring tags. Some are easy to understand like "pvp". Some other like "anarchy", "dedicated" or "vanilla" means nothing to me. Can anybody ...
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What's the difference between killstreak, specialized killstreak, and professional killstreak weapons?

I've been playing a fair bit of the new MVM tours, and have seen killstreak kits, specialized killstreak fabricators, and a couple professional killstreak fabricators. Based on the update notes, ...
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What is an 'Invincibility Frame'?

I've seen people talking about invincibility frames or i-frames, for example, Dark Souls 2. What are they and what do they do?
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What does AA mean?

Land her 3, then trap with ult and cast 2 for body blocking and spam the aoe of your 3 on AA and watch them die - Reddit's MANJAROWOLF I've seen this abbreviation quite a bit, but Google ...
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What does “reboot” mean when talking about latest game releases?

I'm finding this reboot term currently used so often but I'm still uncertain of the meaning. Say for instance, I read recently "Dino Crysis will get a reboot", "Devil May Cry is a reboot". What does ...
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What is lag compensation?

Specifically in regard to online games, what is lag compensation? Should it affect the way I play?
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What is the difference between Non-Player Characters (NPCs) and bots in video games?

An NPC refers to any character that is not controlled by a human player, e.g. a fictional character portrayed by a human gamemaster. In the context of video games, what is the difference between NPCs ...
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What exactly is a “cheese” in Starcraft 2?

I seem to see commentators mention "cheese" with regards to Starcraft 2, but I'm not quite sure what they mean. If a particular build/tactic is called a "cheese", does that mean it is a considered to ...
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Are characters like Annie and Zyra really 'supports'?

The meta of League of Legends seems to be shifting, instead of using for example: Nami, Lulu and Soraka as supports, people is using Annie, Zyra and others to fill the role. When one uses such ...