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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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In CS, what does it mean when someone gets accused of being an `interp`

I've been playing for a while, but I've never managed to get an answer other than "NOOOOOOB" to the question "What does interp" mean. Does anyone know what interp is? Is it a hack? and if so, why ...
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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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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 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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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 it mean when a game is a 4X game?

I've seen the term 4X game used to describe games, primarily strategy games. What does this term mean?
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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 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 “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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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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What is the Destiny Cloud Fist build?

What is the Destiny Cloud Fist build? I've heard SC2 players talking about it.
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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 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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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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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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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 is an AAA game?

I have seen some games being called "AAA". What does it mean?
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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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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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Definition of a baneling bust

I heard day9 mention a baneling bust. What is a baneling bust?
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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 does it mean to Maynard an SCV?

What does it mean to Maynard an SCV in StarCraft or StarCraft 2. It comes up a lot in the casts.
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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 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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What is damage spread as it relates to Team Fortress 2?

The term "Damage Spread" is thrown around, specifically in regards to "vanilla" servers in Team Fortress 2. What does this term mean, and how does it relate to server settings and gameplay?
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What does 'SCV' mean?

It's most likely an acronym, but what does it mean exactly? (In German it's WBF, bonus points for that one).
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How did the term 'noob' originate?

The terms 'n00b', 'nub', and 'newby' are all over gamer culture, but where did they come from? Did someone just decide we need a general word for someone who is unskilled? Is it a corruption of 'new' ...
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What is V.A.T.S in Fallout 3?

What is V.A.T.S in Fallout 3?
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What is camping in a first person shooter?

How do you define camping in a first person shooter? Is it a different than holding a position for a time? Or, is it only a matter of degree?
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Does the UP in 1-UP stand for anything?

I'm curious. Is it literally going "1 up" or does it stand for something else?
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What does a “timing push” mean

I've heard this term used many-a-time in StarCraft 2 (and 1) replays on the web. At first, I always assumed it meant the player was sending out an attack force at a specific time in the game that's ...
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Starcraft build order terminology?

Most guides I've seen to builds in SCII I see a list of items next to non-sequential numbers. Example. What do the numbers represent?
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In regards to Starcraft II, what is a “vod”?

I've been reading some StarCraft II strategy forums, and I have not been able to figure out what is meant by "vod". What does it mean? Example usage here: ...
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What does it mean for a game to be linear?

I hear stuff like this all the time: "X game is so much more linear than Y." "Is X a linear game?" "It was a good game, but X was just way too linear." What does it mean for a game to be linear? ...
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What do the unit tiers mean in StarCraft 2?

I see people referring to a StarCraft 2 unit's tier (1, 1.5, 2). What does this mean, and how can I tell what tier a unit is?
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First person shooter vs. Third person shooter

What is the difference between First person shooter (FPS) and Third person shooter (TPS)? Can a game be both FPS and TPS?
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What kind of weapon is a “hitscan” weapon?

I've seen shooters refer to their weapons as "hitscan weapons". What does this mean?
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What is “wall riding”?

I have read the term "wall riding" somewhere .. what does it mean? It was related to car games.