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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?
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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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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 a hidden object game?

I've read mentions of a games called Hidden object games. What is this?
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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 does 8-bit / 16-bit actually refer to?

When talking about retro games, terms like "8-bit music" or "16-bit graphics" often come up. I myself often use these terms, but I'm not exactly sure what they refer to. What do they mean?
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Does p2p mean “Pay to Play” or “Peer to Peer” [closed]

Both terms are used often in the gaming world and people tend to use "p2p" for abbreviating both. What are the correct abbreviations and usages? Peer to Peer generally means a multiplayer game that ...
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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 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 does it mean to have map control?

I hear people talking a lot about having map control (mostly tzenes). What specifically does a good player consider map control? Is it simply having decent visibility of most of the map so that you ...
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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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In Team Fortress 2, what is “telefragging”, and how is it done?

On my server stats page, there's a kill category that is called "telefrag". I don't have any. What is this, and how is it done?
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What is “ganking”?

In reading about "griefing" and "smurfing", the term "ganking" came up...is there a good definition for it?
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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 is Griefing?

I previously asked what is Smurfing and got an explanation that it was a subset of griefing. So now this begs the question.... What is griefing? Is Griefing really the major classification of ...
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What is Smurfing in online games?

What does Smurfing mean when applied to online games?
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What is the Eraser Trick in StarCraft?

What is the eraser trick mentioned in this StarCraft video? ...
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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 HC stand for in World of Warcraft?

What does HC stand for?
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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 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 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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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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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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Elements of a basic RTS?

What are the basic elements of a RTS? I.E.: What are the features without which it is not an RTS? I have played games like Age of Empires and Warcraft, but I'm still not sure which are the defining ...
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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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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 is “dual-boxing”?

I've seen it refered to in a couple of (closed) questions like this one. One comment seemed to indicate it's a World of Warcraft term for a second character; is that correct? What's the meaning of ...
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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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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 weapon spread as it relates to Team Fortress 2?

"Weapon Spread" seems to be a term used ofter 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 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 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?