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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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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 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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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 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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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 is the difference between a Tank and a Wall?

According to smogon: Tank A Pokemon intended to take either physical or special attacks and hit back, but does not have to do so consistently over the entire course of a match. Bronzong ...
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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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Cooperative game vs Multiplayer game

Can any one tell what is difference between cooperative game and multiplayer game?
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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 is a “Pally”?

Frequently, playing the Scout in TF2, I hear this phrase: Thanks pally! What does the pally in this sentence indicate? Is it his imaginary friend? A paladin? Is it a nickname for something?
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Definition of “Macro” as used by Starcraft II players?

I'm a bit confused by the term "Macro" as used by players of SCII. It seems to refer to overall strategy that a player is using, but it also seems to refer to things like map control. Mind clearing ...
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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 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 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 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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Etymology of the word “nerf”?

How did the word "nerf" develop to it's current meaning in MMO/multiplayer games? I can remember seeing it for a long time to have the same or similar meaning, even before the explosion of MMOs that ...
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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 metagame?

What is so called meta-game in StarCraft 2? What other games have this meta-game?
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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's the difference between a carry and a half-carry?

I understand what a carry does(being carried at first, then carry its team to victory). What I don't understand is what a half-carry (or semy-carry) does. What are the main differences between the ...
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What's the difference between frames per second and updates per second?

FPS is obviously just the number of frame changes per second, but I have no idea what UPS is and Google is returning nothing. ps, this is a tutorial question, so I'm not just making up UPS :P
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What is a server address?

I'm still new to Minecraft and I tried to make a multiplayer server to play with my friend, but there is something I don't understand, Server Address? Can someone explain what that is?
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What is the purpose of MMO “maintenance”?

In massively multiplayer games, the servers are routinely restarted, for example EVE Online performs "maintenance" daily, and World of Warcraft performs it weekly. What goes on during it, and why ...
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'Ping' in multiplayer games [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is ping? (And why is it important?) This is a kinda naive question. But I am curious to know what is meant by 'Ping' in multiplayer games. I games like quake3, I ...
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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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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 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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Are “Let's Play” videos managed or promoted by a collective entity?

Why are so many gaming videos' titles on Youtube prefaced by a "Let's Play"? Is some official company or entity sponsoring each video, that these users are working for? Is each video submitted to a ...
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What does “PvP” mean in multiplayer servers?

What does the term "PvP" mean? I've seen it used for minecraft, as in: "Anyone know a good PvP server?", but I don't know what it means.
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What does it mean to “pull SCVs”

I'm trying to improve my very poor StarCraft2 play and have been reading about popular build orders, rushes, cheeses, etc. In reading this guide there is something I don't understand: ...
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What is ping, and why is it important?

I've seen the term used in many online games. What does it mean? Also, is higher or lower ping better?
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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 ...
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Call of Duty slang “sice”?

I have stumbled across the verb sice which is reported by these Urban Dictionary definitions to be used in playing Call of Duty: Sice is like slice, except for it's sice. Often yelled while ...
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What does “W+1” mean with respect to the Pyro?

There's a more or less subtle reference I'm missing in comics 79, 87 and 131 (pictured below) of Nerf Now!. What is it about? [...] There are moments w + 1 is very effective and I dare to ...
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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'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 does SS stand for when an opponent is missing?

When someone from the opposing team is missing I have noticed people writing "SS bot/mid/top" to indicate to the rest of the team that they don't have visual on one or more of the people in there ...
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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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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 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 ...