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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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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?
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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?