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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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What are microtransactions and why are they important?

I was looking at various lists of MMO games etc the other day when I noticed that a lot of them claim to be entirely free, but then accept payment by microtransaction. In computer security, etc, ...
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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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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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In Team Fortress 2, what is “telefragging”, and how is it done?

On my server stats page, there's a kill category that is called "telefrag". I don't have any. What is this, and how is it done?
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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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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 the Eraser Trick in StarCraft?

What is the eraser trick mentioned in this StarCraft video? ...
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Genre name for real-time, 2D games where you create soldiers that automatically advance to the enemy base?

I've recently noticed some games emerging in a certain style for which I know of no name. I'm curious if there's any name for this style of gameplay - such a name will allow me to more efficiently ...
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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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What are Easter Eggs?

I've noticed a lot of games contain so called "Easter eggs", my question is simple. What are easter eggs in games?
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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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Is Indie a game genre?

The only place that I see that Indie is a genre is on Steam, and my teacher tells me that Indie isn't a genre of games. What do you think? Can we say that Indie is a genre?
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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 is “ganking”?

In reading about "griefing" and "smurfing", the term "ganking" came up...is there a good definition for it?
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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 does the term “rail shooter” mean?

What does it mean when a game is referred to as a "rail shooter"? When looking at some articles about the upcoming game Rage, I saw that it had been referred to as "not a rail shooter" for console but ...
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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 is the name of the view in games like Diablo 3, Starcraft, and Warcraft?

An example from Diablo 3:What is this view style called?
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What does P2W mean?

What does P2W mean? I've heard it used in reference to various free to play games.
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What is a season pass?

I have noticed recently on Steam for a variety of games that they've started to sell something called a "Season Pass". For an example of some of the season passes I've seen, see the following; ...
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What is a 2.5D dimension game? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can a game be 2.5D? I have been told that when the game is basically a side-scrolling game with 3D elements in the background/environment, it becomes a 2.5D game. Is ...
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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?