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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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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 ...
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What genre do games like 'Dear Esther', 'To the Moon', or 'Gone Home' fall under?

Is there a name for games like these, with minimal interaction and no branches in the story? I've seen the term "interactive fiction" around but I'm not sure if it fits.
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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 is ADR in Counter Strike?

In the stats of the spectating screen of CSGO, I've found myself wondering what is the ADR column. It looks like some kind of ratio on 1000, but have no idea what it calculates.
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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 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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What do the letters Japanese trainers use on the GTS to indicate IVs mean?

When searching for trades on the GTS, I see a lot in the notes from Japanese (and Korean players, too) players indicating Pokemon IVs by different letters: A, B, C, D, H, S, like: HCDS4v I ...
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What are 3D games with 2D sprites like Doom called?

Games like Killer Instinct, Doom, Duke Nukem, have 3D scenarios but use 2D characters. I know they're called in such way it demonstrates it's not technically all 3D, but I can't remember the name.
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What exactly does “use multicore rendering” do?

I looked it up, and I get that it may cause problems, or may increase your FPS, which I get, but what I don't get is exactly what it does. The thing that really confuses me is what kind of option is ...
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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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What is the difference between Support and Lane Support?

When I read the role descriptions here, http://dota2.gamepedia.com/Role, it seems unclear to me as to what the difference is between a Lane Support and Support. Support "Can focus less on ...
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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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In fighting games, what is a 'setup'?

I've been getting into fighting games recently (some of which are: Super Street Fighter IV, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Street Fighter X Tekken), but there's one piece of terminology that I can't find a ...
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What is the “attack” of an attack called?

"Attack" is a term used in music to describe the time from the beginning to the peak of a musical note. I was unable to find a fighting game term for "attack" - the time between pressing the button on ...
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What is rotating?

I've barely scratched the surface of competitive CS:GO, but from what I've heard, the phrase "rotating" is shouted out a lot. What exactly do players mean when they say "rotating". Does this mean ...
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What is an Ego Shooter?

I've heard some European folks refer to certain shooters as "Ego Shooters". Primarily in reference to first-person shooters, but I've since heard it used in reference to non-FPS titles as well.
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What's the opposite of the 'critical hit'?

Critical hit means randomly occurring increased damage. But what's the term for randomly occurring reduced damage? My friends said it's a missed hit, but it's not really what I'm looking for.
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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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Is there a term for “leaderboard” or “scorebased” competitive multiplayer?

I'm attempting to research competitive games of a specific type, where the players aren't ever in "direct" competition with each other, and having difficulty describing them. General examples include ...
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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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Are the genres “co-op” and “multiplayer” different? [duplicate]

I had an argument with a Steam friend, and the conversation was about the topic of so-called "multiplayer" games. I brought up games like TF2, Dota2, and SR3 as games that define what multiplayer is. ...
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What is proxy farming?

yesterday I was playing and a Singed said that he would proxy farm. Didn't know what that means but I saw how he died a lot and feed top hard. He had a lot of minions, but.. What is proxy farming? ...
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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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Display Modes Letterbox vs Wide-Screen

In Skyrim graphical options, what is the difference between letterbox mode and wide-screen mode? I've seen this in other games as well. Can you view more things in wide-screen mode vs letterbox mode? ...
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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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What does it mean to be + or - on block?

In fighting games (such as Injustice: Gods Among Us), commentators of a match describe moves by how much that they are plus or minus on block. What does it mean?
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What's a “happy birthday”?

In at least the Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (and UMvC3) community, commentators of a match may exclaim this consistently when a certain event occurs. Why?
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What is a patch terran?

What does it mean when they say "patch terran"? I am looking to understand what the term means.
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What does Alpha Strike mean

I've seen this term pop up in the forums and in game, but I was taking a break from Hawken and now I am confused. From what I gather it's a special type of attack or something. I couldn't find a ...
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What is a 'crab', and how does one perform/obtain one?

Ok, so there I was playing TF2, as a Spy (and doing quite well, at least by my low standards). When the other team begins with the usual friendly greetings, racial/sexual orientation slurs, as well as ...
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What is L-cancel?

This is a term being thrown around in the Smash Bros. community. Apparently it's a move that you do, but the manual doesn't mention anything like it. What does it mean?
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What is Delayed Hyper Combo (DHC)?

In, I believe Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, there is something called the DHC glitch which stands for Delayed Hyper Combo. What is it exactly?
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What does 'game-training' got to do with an application that cheats in a game? [closed]

A 'game trainer' is an application that modifies how a game behaves, allowing you to cheat in a game. But why is it called a "Game Trainer"? As the title implies, what has training got to do with an ...
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What is overextending?

I've been hearing this term a lot when used in context of scrim matches between teams in TF2, or usually during Highlander sessions. What does it mean? What does it refer to?
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What is the definition of a “pug”?

What is a "pug"? I've heard multiple instances of it used in many MMORPG and FPS games. I've heard of games called "pubs", but those I think reference public games. Is there a difference between ...
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What is the difference between sharking and lowballing?

I've heard of these two terms, and I know they're both somewhat correlated with scamming. What are differences between these two?
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What defines a game's “replay value”?

I've heard the term "replay value" thrown around a lot in many game reviews and some publications. As implied from the question, what does it mean? What actually defines it? Is it how long it takes ...
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Cooperative game vs Multiplayer game

Can any one tell what is difference between cooperative game and multiplayer game?
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Term/Category for “Random Click” Games?

I’m trying to find out if there is an industry-standard term for the genre of games where you randomly click around to figure out what to do yet. That is, what category are games like Samorost, ...
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What is a pocket medic?

I've heard this term somewhere in TF2, and it also goes along the lines of "pocket soldier", or "pocket scout", or something like that. What does the "pocket" mean?
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Dota 2 trading terms

I have perused some dota 2 trading forums. Certain items/terms are appearing often, but I'm just not sure what the jargon means. The terms - Hook - TB - Old Key They are what I am unsure ...
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What is 'Tackling'?

I have started playing EVE Online and I'm working through a set of suggestions I have been given by a friend who has been playing EVE for a while to get setup to actually play the game in some ...
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What does it mean to “savescum”?

I play a roguelike now and then and the term "savescum" comes up fairly often. What does it mean, and where did the term come from?
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What is the correct terminology for games like Final Fantasy (the early ones)

Is there a trade industry term to refer to games with feel and gameplay like "Final Fantasy IV" etc...? I would like to search for similar games (especially if, ideally, a good open source ones ...
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What are code A and code S?

I pretty often hear SC2 shoutcasters talking about code A and code S. What is it, exactly ? A league ? Some sort or special ranking for grandmaster ranked players ?
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Is there a difference between “Expansion Pack” and “Downloadable Content”?

Many years back, before the term "downloadable content" was born, when game developers released new content and functionality for their existing games they called it an "expansion pack". This was ...
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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 does the term “Roguelike game” come from?

Where does the term "Roguelike game" come from? I've never played this type of game before except perhaps as a coin operated game in an arcade.
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What does “frags” mean?

While playing League of Legends, I read the word "frags" in chat. It was during the heat of battle so I couldn't ask my teammates, and I couldn't find anything on the League of Legends wiki. What ...