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What is “Tread Switching” and how can lower ranked players utilize it?

Power treads give +9 to either Strength, Agility, or Intelligence. You can switch between the "active" attribute. When buying them for my hero, the default thing I'd do is set them to my hero's ...
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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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What does POI stand for in the context of 7 Days to Die?

So, Alpha 9.1 for 7 Days to Die just hit STEAM. I'm going through the release notes within the changes and fixes they mention POI, such as: Lightly increased chance to find Wilderness POIs in ...
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What is ADS in sniping?

I feel a tad stupid. I play as a sniper in almost any FPS I play, but I recently came across this term (ADS). What does it mean? What is its significance?
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What is request and leave in Clash of Clans?

What does request and leave mean with respect to Supercell's clash of clans ? I have seen too many clan description as request and leave!
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Why button check?

(Competitive) (Ultimate) Marvel vs. Capcom 3 matches typically start with a button check. Do the players perform actions simply to check that (all of) their button assignments are correct? Is it not ...
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When did 'frags' correlate to 'kills'?

The definition of fragging from the dictionary is: deliberately kill (an unpopular senior officer), typically with a hand grenade. In today's shooter games we see the term frags being thrown ...
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The converse of 1up is …?

In videogames we usually see that extra new lives are called 1up. What would the converse of 1up be? 1 down?
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Why are Hidden Machines so called?

In the Pokémon games, there are certain moves that you teach your Pokémon via a machine that comes in 2 varieties, Technical or Hidden. The Technical Machine comes from the Japanese " わざマシン ", which ...
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What's the genre of game where you have to look after a community that grows in real time?

I remember once playing a game where you had to look after an island of people that had crash landed and they would work and build and grow in real time (i.e. you would have to say "collect wood for ...
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What are the differences between an “Hack & Slash” and a “Beat 'em up”?

What are the differences between an "Hack & Slash" and a "Beat 'em up"? I would like to know what makes the difference between these two types of game because they look the same to me.
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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 specifically does “Leet” or 1337 mean?

I know this is a dumb question, but what exactly does the term Leet or 1337 mean and where did it originate?
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Match 3 sub genre

Most match 3 games allow you to swap two items on a grid allowing you to create groups of three or more items. Dungeon raid allows you to draw a line through three or more similar items to create ...
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What is “meta” in the context of Guild Wars 2? [duplicate]

Due to the recent update to Guild Wars 2, which has changed the trait system, I've heard lots of people asking "What's the new meta?" and "Meta hasn't been outed yet" In this context, what does ...
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What does deploying “spot on” mean?

I recently started playing Ingress and overtook a few portals - then had a message from someone (on the same team) saying: We got turned over last night. Capture all you like but please deploy ...
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What is the meaning of 'Tilting' or 'Being on Tilt'?

I've seen this expression in Dota 2 and League of Legends chats and streamers say it. "I'm Tilting" or "I'm on Tilt" are examples of the expression in use. What is the meaning of this expression? ...
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What is the difference between a chain and a link?

What is the difference between a chain and a link? I've been working on doing a Ken lp > lp > lp > h srk, but every time I try my hardest to get the 3 lps out and into srk, the srk gets blocked. ...
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What exactly is a “cheese” in Starcraft 2?

I seem to see commentators mention "cheese" with regards to Starcraft 2, but I'm not quite sure what they mean. If a particular build/tactic is called a "cheese", does that mean it is a considered to ...
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What is the Elo hell?

In my earlier post I used this image: The last sentence reads: "Bem-vindo ao ELO hell" -> translated -> "Welcome to ELO hell". What is the ELO hell?
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What does “reboot” mean when talking about latest game releases?

I'm finding this reboot term currently used so often but I'm still uncertain of the meaning. Say for instance, I read recently "Dino Crysis will get a reboot", "Devil May Cry is a reboot". What does ...
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Why are FPS teams called “clans”?

In some genres, but especially in FPSs, teams of players are often called clans. Why was this specific word chosen? This is in contrast to guild or faction in RPGs, but here I can see why - they are ...
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What is a continent?

In Civilization 2, two wonders of the world refer in their rules to "continents." Hoover Dam: Provides Hydro power to every city on every continent. And J. S. Bach's Cathedral: ...
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What is V-Sync and when should I enable it? [duplicate]

Most modern 3D games have a graphics option "V-Sync". It's usually an on/off setting. I'd like to understand settings I tweak with, and this one kind of eludes me. What does "V-Sync" mean, and when ...
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Is there a name for the category of games where you use programming code to fight each other?

I don't know if I dreamt about this or if it exists, here is the setup: One textfield for code-input (probably javascript) A playground with two or more robots/tanks. By writing instructions you ...
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What does RNG mean?

I think I've heard it in the context of speed-running Pokémon and other games. I think it means luck. It can be found around Arqade, but no one has asked what it means (as its own question).
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What does term “nerf” mean? in Hearthstone [duplicate]

I keep hearing the term nerf over the internet, specially in Hearthstone discussions. For example: "Six Hearthstone Cards That Need a Good Nerf". & "Why Blizzard won't nerf Dr. Boom?" What does ...
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What's the right term for the list of “X killed Y with Z” messages in a multiplayer shooter?

It's probably obvious from the title, but I'm specifically thinking of messages like ProGamer64 [image of shotgun] L33tCamper that appear in the bottom right corner when a kill happens, then ...
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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 is a tick?

What is a tick? I have heard many instances of tick being used. For example, people will say that demos are recorded in 16 tick, that servers run in 64 tick, but really good servers will run in 128 ...
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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 type of game is Scorched Earth?

There is a certain type of game where you control a single "tank" character, and fire upon other players, attempting to get the correct firing trajectory and a wide variety of weapons to defeat your ...
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What is the period after a game's main story line ends called?

Sometimes after you finish a game main storyline the game doesn't end there, and presents other opportunities to finish old quests or perhaps unlock new areas. Examples of this are like Fallout 3 ...
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What is the difference between Cyberpunk and Futuristic games (scenario based)? [closed]

I can definitely tell which game titles are each, but I can't define what Cyberpunk and Futuristic are outside of them. Is Cyberpunk future in the city, and Futuristic future in space, or what?
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Do the enemy that appear in arcade game when running out of time have a canonical name?

Basically, several level-based games "back in the day" had a special kind of enemy appearing when playing the same level for too long. Bubble bubble had Baron von Blubba: Snow Brothers had a ...
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What does the term “carebear” mean in Eve Online?

I've recently re-activated my account. I've seen this term used in the online chat and wondered what it means.
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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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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 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 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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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 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 ...