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In StarCraft, what is an A-Move?

I've heard people in casts say "A-Move." What does it mean?
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What is an Enrage timer?

I've seen it mentioned that some of the Diablo 3 bosses have an enrage timer? What exactly does that mean? Are there any bonuses for killing one that is enraged?
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What term is used for same-screen multiplayer?

I am interested in games that allow two players to play simultaneously in front of the same screen. However, I specifically do not want the screen to be split, nor to take turns. Examples of games ...
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What is a class change in an MMORPG? [closed]

What does class change mean? Can the job advancement in Maplestory for e.g. be called a class change? Going from bowman to hunter for e.g. can that be called a class change? What exactly can be ...
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What is a “pixel shader”?

I have noticed that some games quote the requirement for "pixel shader 3.0 or better". What is a pixel shader and is it some software requirements or hardware requirements?
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What are the playstyles of the different roles?

Having never played DOTA, LoL, or any other games of this genre, I am faced with the daunting task of picking between 50+ heroes to play. They each seem to have a role, such as Carry, Initiator, ...
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What is Griefing?

I previously asked what is Smurfing and got an explanation that it was a subset of griefing. So now this begs the question.... What is griefing? Is Griefing really the major classification of ...
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What is a Bonjwa?

I heard the term bonjwa used in the context of "Boxer is a Bonjwa". What is a Bonjwa and does it give any privileges to be a Bonjwa? How can I become a Bonjwa?
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What is “dual-boxing”?

I've seen it refered to in a couple of (closed) questions like this one. One comment seemed to indicate it's a World of Warcraft term for a second character; is that correct? What's the meaning of ...
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Does p2p mean “Pay to Play” or “Peer to Peer” [closed]

Both terms are used often in the gaming world and people tend to use "p2p" for abbreviating both. What are the correct abbreviations and usages? Peer to Peer generally means a multiplayer game that ...
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Is there a term for maps you have to explore to reveal?

I remember an old Sega or Nintendo castle game where the whole board was black and in order to see the overview of the level you had to move your guy around and "discover" it square by square. Could ...
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What is a hit box?

What exactly is a hit box? Is there any way that knowing about hit boxes could help in a game?
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League of Legends Terminology [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do those abbreviations mean in LoL? LoL uses a bunch of terminology. I can't find definitions for (and would like to understand the meaning of): Bruiser Jungler ...
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Meaning of “PC” in “PC Engine”?

In Japan, the TurboGrafx-16 was known as the "PC Engine". What did the "PC" stand for? Presumably it was not Personal Computer?
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Why do they call SS in EU server and MIA in NA server

Why do players on the EU server say SS when an enemy is missing and on the NA server MIA? And is there an important difference between them?
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What does PST mean?

I've seen on the internet, on several sources (here and here are just a couple of examples) that "PST" means "Please Send Tell". But the sentence "please send tell" doesn't make any sense to me. ...
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What does “c/o” or “co” mean on the Diablo 3 trade chat?

I've seen several times that people offer goods for sale on the Diablo 3 trade chat and add the letters "co" or "c/o" what do they mean by it? From the decisions it seems to be some kind of auction ...
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What does “crafting” imply across games?

When the word "crafting" is used in games, what does it generally mean?
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What is “graveyard zerging” or “death zerging”?

In a blog post by Blizzard they mention some practice called "graveyard zerging", for instance: Our goal is the next time a player is graveyard zerging a boss, it should occur to them that "this ...
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What is the source of the term Use Map Settings?

I heard the term "UMS" used to refer to a starcraft II custom map, and after looking it up it seems to refer to "Use Map Settings". What is the origin and history of this term?
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What's the meaning of the term “gib”?

Especially while talking about FPS, the term "gib" is quite common. While I get it's related to a sudden and gruesome death, I'd like to know its actual meaning and where it comes from.
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What does scrap banking mean?

I hear it all the time. They're looking for scrap? Crafting scrap? Trading scrap?
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How do I know when it's time to push?

I'm fairly new to League of Legends and I learned of the concept of zoning recently, and it makes a lot of sense, but no source that I visited tells me when I know it is time to push. The most ...
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What is corpse hopping?

I've seen the term "corpse hopping" used regarding some behavior on the higher difficulties of Diablo III. What does that mean, and how is that done?
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What is the collective name for the evolution chamber, forge, and engineering bay?

Zerg's evolution chamber, Protoss' forge, and Terran's engineering bay have similar roles. All are pre-requisites for anti-air and detection buildings for the respective races. What collective term ...
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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 is bunny hopping?

I hear the term bunny hopping thrown around a lot. What is it? Can it actually help me in some games?
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Origin of the term “gimping”

In the Super Smash Bros. series, "gimping" is the practice of stopping an opponent from recovering back to the stage, usually by grabbing the ledge before them or just going out and hitting them. ...
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Phrases for describing earning experience points and gaining levels in gaming?

What are the common phrases/terminology for describing the act of earning experiences and building up levels during a game (probably more so in a RPG context)? Somehow I think 'farming' is a related ...
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What genre of video game does Diablo belong to?

I've recently played Diablo 1 and 2 and I'm totally hooked. Now I've been wondering what genre this game belongs to, so it would help me find similar games.
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What is a hidden object game?

I've read mentions of a games called Hidden object games. What is this?
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Why is it offensive to call someone a 3 Minute Mage?

I was reading game terminology It says 3-Minute Mage Refers to a Mage (often an Arcane and Fire spec) who possesses one or all of the following: Arcane Power, Presence of Mind, and Talisman ...
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What is the infamous “Archon Toilet”?

I heard that expression quite a few times during casts, but what excatly is it and why is it called like this?
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What is dunking?

I thought dunking was a build that master yi does and yells GET DUNKED, but I keep hearing people talk about dunking, without the nooblord build. What does this mean? For reference this is the ...
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What does “CC” mean? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do those abbreviations mean in LoL? People always say this in my games, "Their team has more CC than us." or "We don't have enough CC." What does it mean in League ...
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Where does the concept of “Mana” as a resource come from?

In today's field of gaming, the humble mana bar has become nearly as widespread as the health bar. Everywhere from MMOs to flash games, to traditional turn-based RPGs, Mana exists as a finite ...
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What does “ship spinning” mean in EVE?

According to an article from CCP, they are bringing ship spinning back because of user requests. What does this expression "ship spinning" mean?
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What Does “VGA 90” Mean?

I've seen the term VGA 90 in several eBay auctions, usually in ones that are new or factory sealed. I tried Googling it but found nothing. What does VGA 90 mean?
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What is weapon spread as it relates to Team Fortress 2?

"Weapon Spread" seems to be a term used ofter in regards to "vanilla" servers in Team Fortress 2. What does this term mean, and how does it relate to server settings and gameplay?
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How can a game be 2.5D?

I've noticed some games be described as 2.5D. How can a game be 2.5D? Dimensions are discrete entities, aren't they?
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Elements of a basic RTS?

What are the basic elements of a RTS? I.E.: What are the features without which it is not an RTS? I have played games like Age of Empires and Warcraft, but I'm still not sure which are the defining ...
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What do those abbreviations mean in Diablo 2?

After Diablo 3 gets delayed further and further I recently started playing Diablo II online again after aaages. Thanks reddit ;p Since I never was deep into multiplayer in D2 I have now some problems ...
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What type of strategy game is this? You rearrange positions?

What do you call games where you have to move and re-arrange cars or boxes to move a goal box into a location. There have been games like this since Atari, as far as I know. It's some kind of ...
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What does “vana” mean?

In Spiral Knights, someone just bailed out of my party because he couldn't "make it to vana". I also heard someone in the arcade say "guess we're back to vana running for today". What's vana?
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What is a tick/tech throw in Street Fighter 4?

I read about tick / tech throws on Street Fighter sites. What is this? Are there differences between the terms I mentioned or do they refer to the same thing?
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What is this genre called?

In the old times, I used to play some games on my Amiga 500 where the player needs to continually shoot and advance. The ammo was unlimited. What is this genre called in gaming terminology? I can give ...
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What is the difference between a “carry” and a “fighter”?

I have been rather confused about this for a while, mainly when someone says they will play their Champion as a carry when the Champion is not classified as one. So, I suppose I am also wondering the ...
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What's the difference between a JRPG and a KRPG?

"J" should stand for Japan, while "K" should stand for "Korean"; I've met this term a few times and I'd like to know more about the differences on J/K (Computer) RPG.
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What are games without player interaction, like Progress Quest, called?

I'm looking for games like Progress Quest and Idle RPG that contain very little interaction with the player, but can't figure out a genre to search for. What is the genre called? I've tried ...
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What genre would you put “Dope Wars” in?

What subcategory of "games" would "Dope Wars" belong in? Does "role playing" sound accurate?