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What is the name of the genre of games similar to Jetpack Joyride?

I'm trying to figure out what the genre of games is called in which the only (or primary) control is to hold a single down a button to move the vehicle/character up and when letting go of the button, ...
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Is there a definition for the polygonal art design found in games?

While every 3D game includes polygons, some games use polygonal art design.The overall shape of the characters and environments is often simplified with strong geometry. Most colorful platform games ...
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Is there a term for games with overly precise controls?

There have been a bunch of recent games that feature controls that feature overly precise controls, for the sake of humor, challenge, or both. The player typically controls individual muscles or body ...
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What is the term for moving perpendicular to a ranged enemy with physics-based projectiles?

In games where you can dodge a projectile from a ranged opponent by moving out of its way, it's possible to run in a perpendicular or zig-zag fashion to repeatedly dodge shots. Is there a word for ...
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What does soulbound mean?

Does it mean if I die I get to keep the item? I have no idea what it means, and anytime I ask in chat, everyone tries to trade for some reason. So I found a Large Jester Cloth or something that was ...
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What genre is Candy Box, A Dark Room, etc.?

What is the term/genre for games like Candy Box 1/2 and A Dark Room, where there's almost nothing at first but then it grows? Wikipedia says it's a role-playing game... but... I don't know how they ...
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what is the difference between beat'em all vs beat'em up

I'm not a native English speaker. Could you tell me what us the difference between beat'em all vs beat'em up (if any)? ----- EDIT ----- I noticed the terminology of beat'em all doesn't exist in ...
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What do those abbreviations mean in League of Legends?

I'm quite new to League of Legends (LoL) but try to improve through reading guides. All too often I stumble upon abbreviations I am not sure what they mean. Some of those are: AD AP ArPen AS bot ...
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What do these abbreviations mean in Rise of Nations?

I sometimes don't understand the slang in online games what do these mean? ATM DMC BKAM FSR LISG BCG BCA BCwN FLT FRT SEM CIA Beemer Flight Heavy Rain
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What is an HM Slave?

I just came across the term "HM Slave" in reference to a Pokemon character. A couple of questions such as this one reference the term but I haven't been able to find anything that defines it. What ...
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What does “zoning” mean for fighting games?

I've seen the terms "zone" and "anti-zone" used in regards to moves, as well as discussion about whether or not a character is a good "zoner" or has a good "zoning game." What exactly does this term ...
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In some games, the rank above A is S. What does S represent?

In some (generally Japanese) games, the best rank is S. For example, this question talks about getting an S rank on story battles. Metal Gear Solid 4 ranks their weapons on an SABCDE scale. Does S ...
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What does “stay free” mean?

I received a message from a player whom I lost to in a match of USF4. He sent the following message through Steam: LowIQGod : you just got bodied son, get BTFO, stay free What does "stay free" ...
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What is the meaning of DLC?

I hear and see in the gaming community this term a lot. Even in questions here in Arqade What does it mean? What are some examples of DLC?
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What does GOAT or 'GOATing' mean?

I've heard this a few times in Guild Wars 2. Usually in the context of a PvP or WvW match. Someone will be complaining that there was too much goating in that match or that guy is a ...
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What does BM stand for in Gaming?

I keep seeing a phrase like "BM fatigue" in hearthstone stream chats in twich. The context is that the streamer's opponent dies from fatigue and the whole chat says that phrase... So what does BM ...
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What does AFK mean?

I have heard my friend talk about being AFK on a Minecraft server, but I have not heard it being used in single player so I assume it refers to online gaming but i don't know what it means and what it ...
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Term for special usable items?

I'm talking about RPG mechanics, specifically about items which are commonly called powerups in arcade games. Once your character picks up these special usable items, they don't go in the inventory ...
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What is a tier list and how do I have to look at it?

I often hear people talking about a "tier list" and I also kind of often read this term in guides or articles about League. I know that it has something to do with the viability of certain champions ...
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Does the UP in 1-UP stand for anything?

I'm curious. Is it literally going "1 up" or does it stand for something else?
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What do people call spamming saves nowadays?

In the past, there were various derogatory terms for people who would abuse the ability to save the current state and keep retrying until non-deterministic decisions went in their way. What is that ...
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What is “quickscoping”?

I often hear people talking about "quickscoping" in the context of First Persion Shooter games. My understanding is that it means looking down the barrel of a sniper rifle quickly in order to get a ...
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What does “tagging” mean in WvW?

I am now reading some advice about how to level up in WvW with an Elementalist (I like WvW more than PVE). And, in some of the advice (for example here), I found that "tagging" is a good way for an ...
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What do 'hitbox' and 'hurtbox' mean?

I've heard of hitboxes, then I heard of hurtboxes. They seem most relevant to fighting games. What do each of them mean and how do they differ?
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What is true damage?

Changelog of patch 1.0.0.111 reported: Smite now deals true damage instead of magic damage. What does true damage mean and how does it differ from magic/attack damage?
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Is there a term for speedruns which don't use glitches or sequence breaks?

Sorry, I've never really followed speedrunning, so I apologize if this is obvious. Essentially, what I'm asking about are speedruns that simply play the game as it was intended to be played (no ...
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What does [:3] mean?

In the census menu, in front of each and every kitten there is [:3]. What is this and what does it mean?
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What is the name of the game mechanic in which the player “slides” towards obstacles?

What is the name of the common and oft-reimplemented game mechanics in which the level is a 2D grid consisting of obstancles, and the player can move from their current position in any direction (up, ...
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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 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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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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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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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 ...