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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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POOTIS POW! But what is Pootis?

I always hear the word 'pootis' when someone is heavy. I know Heavy is of russian background, but is pootis even a real word? What is pootis supposed to mean? It's so dang fun to say I would like ...
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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 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 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 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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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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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 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 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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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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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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In some games, the rank above A is S. What does S represent?

In some (generally Japanese) games, the best rank is S. For example, this question talks about getting an S rank on story battles. Metal Gear Solid 4 ranks their weapons on an SABCDE scale. Does S ...
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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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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 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 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 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'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'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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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 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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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 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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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 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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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'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 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 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 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 does “stagger” mean?

In the Heavy Armor skill tree, the following perk exists: Tower of Strength: 50% less stagger when wearing only Heavy Armor. What does "stagger" mean in this context? Does it do anything if you ...
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Why are bosses called 'bosses'?

There were bosses in games ever since 1975, and I don't think I really have to define 'boss' here. But how did the word get stuck? And when was the first time when the challenging enemy was referred ...
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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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What do those abbreviations mean in League of Legends?

I'm quite new to League of Legends (LoL) but try to improve through reading guides. All too often I stumble upon abbreviations I am not sure what they mean. Some of those are: AD AP ArPen AS bot ...
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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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How to identify a game as 8-bit, 16-bit, … [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does 8-bit / 16-bit actually refer to? Is it possible to identify games (by their graphics ?) as 8-bit games or 16-bit games or whatever bits games use nowadays?
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What's the difference between a public and a private slot?

When I set up an internet-connected game of Dead Island, I'm allowed to specify how many public and private slots I want to have available. What distinguishes them? Ideally, I want only my Steam ...
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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, ...