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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, ...
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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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What does backdoor mean in strategy games like DotA or LoL?

What does backdoor technically mean in strategy games like DotA or League of Legends? Is it an accepted tactic or there are some rules that forbid it?
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What is an ace in League of Legends?

Sometimes, during a League of Legends match, it happens to see on screen and heard a message that says a particular champion did an ace. But what does it mean?
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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 does +1 mean in Starcraft 2?

I sometimes see terms like +1 thrown around for example Zealots. I kinda figured out it's related to upgrades but what upgrade? Protoss have melee, armor, shields and air weapons. Does +1 mean all of ...
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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 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 is a “ladder match”?

I've noticed that some games have the option of a "ladder match". Logic would tell me that it's a game in which you can climb to a higher rank, but if that is the case, then what is the difference ...
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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 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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Understanding the number of bits in gaming consoles [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does 8-bit / 16-bit actually refer to? Some of the consoles I've owned are: 8 bit NES 16 bit Megadrive (Genesis) 64 bit Nintendo 64 I've always been curious ...
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What does MOBA really mean and what characterizes games that belong to that genre?

I've lately heard the term Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) used as a video game genre. The Wikipedia entry redirects to the "Defense of the Ancients" genre, hinting that this is used ...
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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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Where did 'Soon™' originate?

I've seen coming Soon™ attached to some Valve and Blizzard products, but did it start with one of them (and if so, which)? What was the first game (or other product) that was to be launched with the ...
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What does does “QTE” under Witcher 2 settings stand for?

There's an option called "Difficult QTEs" under Options menu of Witcher 2 - What are "QTEs"? What do they do? What is the consequence of enabling/disabling them?
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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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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 genre would you put “Dope Wars” in?

What subcategory of "games" would "Dope Wars" belong in? Does "role playing" sound accurate?
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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 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 does “console port” mean in relation to games?

I read some reviews about Crysis 2 and some people complain that it's not a great PC game because it's a console port. I'm trying to figure out (without success) what console port means. Of course I ...
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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 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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What is roaming in League of Legends?

In Elementz tier list I keep reading that certain champions are very good at roaming. What is roaming? Does the term roaming come from another game or is it unique to League of Legends?
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Families of First Person Shooters [closed]

There are families of shooters. Like real world as possible, Counter Strike, Call of Duty, Day of Defeat. There are also shooters where you have powers, or augmentations. Such as Dues Ex and ...
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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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Is a ship's Tier level an official term?

Ships have a tech level, tech one being normal ships. tech 2 the specialist ships and tech 3 being even more expensive. but looking on the wiki, certain ships have a tier level. for example the ...
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What is kiting?

What does the term 'kiting' mean when used for games? I've seen the term thrown around here and there in reference to a few different games. Are there specific types of games that it applies to?
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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 does “genking” mean? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is “ganking”? While watching a youtube video, I came across a sentence that went something like "as an assassin, you want to be constantly 'genking' for ...
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Terminology: Gosu? [closed]

I have often heard people throw around the compliment 'Gosu'. What does this mean and where did it come from? Example in context: I can't believe that player beat Aardvark, he's so gosu!
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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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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 Metroidvania mean?

I've been hearing the term Metroidvania thrown around in recent years to describe games such as Cave Story and Megaman ZX, but have never quite understood what it actually means. What does ...
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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 true damage?

Changelog of patch 1.0.0.111 reported: Smite now deals true damage instead of magic damage. What does true damage mean and how does it differ from magic/attack damage?
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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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Definition of a baneling bust

I heard day9 mention a baneling bust. What is a baneling bust?
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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 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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Street Fighter 4: what is meant by Technical and Reversal moves?

What moves are considered Technical and Reversal in Street Fighter 4? What do they mean?
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What are “cast” “shoutcast” “blastcast” etc.?

Watching HD / Husky commentaries, they often refer to what they are doing as "casts" and sometimes "shoutcasts" or "blastcasts". I guess "cast" is short for broadcast, but what do the other two 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 does the server tag 'nodmgspread' mean in Team Fortress 2

When you search for TF2 games there are a variety of server tags, many of them simply announcing the name of the server. One I see that I can't figure out is 'nodmgspread' I assume that ...
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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?