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What is overextending?

I've been hearing this term a lot when used in context of scrim matches between teams in TF2, or usually during Highlander sessions. What does it mean? What does it refer to?
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Is there a term for “leaderboard” or “scorebased” competitive multiplayer?

I'm attempting to research competitive games of a specific type, where the players aren't ever in "direct" competition with each other, and having difficulty describing them. General examples include ...
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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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In fighting games, what is a 'setup'?

I've been getting into fighting games recently (some of which are: Super Street Fighter IV, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Street Fighter X Tekken), but there's one piece of terminology that I can't find a ...
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Cooperative game vs Multiplayer game

Can any one tell what is difference between cooperative game and multiplayer game?
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What is an Ego Shooter?

I've heard some European folks refer to certain shooters as "Ego Shooters". Primarily in reference to first-person shooters, but I've since heard it used in reference to non-FPS titles as well.
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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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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 ADR in Counter Strike?

In the stats of the spectating screen of CSGO, I've found myself wondering what is the ADR column. It looks like some kind of ratio on 1000, but have no idea what it calculates.
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What are 3D games with 2D sprites like Doom called?

Games like Killer Instinct, Doom, Duke Nukem, have 3D scenarios but use 2D characters. I know they're called in such way it demonstrates it's not technically all 3D, but I can't remember the name.
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What do the letters Japanese trainers use on the GTS to indicate IVs mean?

When searching for trades on the GTS, I see a lot in the notes from Japanese (and Korean players, too) players indicating Pokemon IVs by different letters: A, B, C, D, H, S, like: HCDS4v I ...
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What exactly does “use multicore rendering” do?

I looked it up, and I get that it may cause problems, or may increase your FPS, which I get, but what I don't get is exactly what it does. The thing that really confuses me is what kind of option is ...
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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 rotating?

I've barely scratched the surface of competitive CS:GO, but from what I've heard, the phrase "rotating" is shouted out a lot. What exactly do players mean when they say "rotating". Does this mean ...
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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'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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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 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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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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'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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What is the “attack” of an attack called?

"Attack" is a term used in music to describe the time from the beginning to the peak of a musical note. I was unable to find a fighting game term for "attack" - the time between pressing the button on ...
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Are the genres “co-op” and “multiplayer” different? [duplicate]

I had an argument with a Steam friend, and the conversation was about the topic of so-called "multiplayer" games. I brought up games like TF2, Dota2, and SR3 as games that define what multiplayer is. ...
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What does it mean to be + or - on block?

In fighting games (such as Injustice: Gods Among Us), commentators of a match describe moves by how much that they are plus or minus on block. What does it mean?
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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 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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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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What is ping, and why is it important?

I've seen the term used in many online games. What does it mean? Also, is higher or lower ping better?
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What does “frags” mean?

While playing League of Legends, I read the word "frags" in chat. It was during the heat of battle so I couldn't ask my teammates, and I couldn't find anything on the League of Legends wiki. What ...
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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 does 'game-training' got to do with an application that cheats in a game? [closed]

A 'game trainer' is an application that modifies how a game behaves, allowing you to cheat in a game. But why is it called a "Game Trainer"? As the title implies, what has training got to do with an ...
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What's the opposite of the 'critical hit'?

Critical hit means randomly occurring increased damage. But what's the term for randomly occurring reduced damage? My friends said it's a missed hit, but it's not really what I'm looking for.
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What is proxy farming?

yesterday I was playing and a Singed said that he would proxy farm. Didn't know what that means but I saw how he died a lot and feed top hard. He had a lot of minions, but.. What is proxy farming? ...
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Display Modes Letterbox vs Wide-Screen

In Skyrim graphical options, what is the difference between letterbox mode and wide-screen mode? I've seen this in other games as well. Can you view more things in wide-screen mode vs letterbox mode? ...
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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's a “happy birthday”?

In at least the Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (and UMvC3) community, commentators of a match may exclaim this consistently when a certain event occurs. Why?
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What does Alpha Strike mean

I've seen this term pop up in the forums and in game, but I was taking a break from Hawken and now I am confused. From what I gather it's a special type of attack or something. I couldn't find a ...
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What is a 'crab', and how does one perform/obtain one?

Ok, so there I was playing TF2, as a Spy (and doing quite well, at least by my low standards). When the other team begins with the usual friendly greetings, racial/sexual orientation slurs, as well as ...
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What is L-cancel?

This is a term being thrown around in the Smash Bros. community. Apparently it's a move that you do, but the manual doesn't mention anything like it. What does it mean?
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What is Delayed Hyper Combo (DHC)?

In, I believe Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, there is something called the DHC glitch which stands for Delayed Hyper Combo. What is it exactly?
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What defines a game's “replay value”?

I've heard the term "replay value" thrown around a lot in many game reviews and some publications. As implied from the question, what does it mean? What actually defines it? Is it how long it takes ...
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Term/Category for “Random Click” Games?

I’m trying to find out if there is an industry-standard term for the genre of games where you randomly click around to figure out what to do yet. That is, what category are games like Samorost, ...
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What is the Eraser Trick in StarCraft?

What is the eraser trick mentioned in this StarCraft video? Note: This is referring to the 1998 game, not the current game.
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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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What are code A and code S?

I pretty often hear SC2 shoutcasters talking about code A and code S. What is it, exactly ? A league ? Some sort or special ranking for grandmaster ranked players ?
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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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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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Dota 2 trading terms

I have perused some dota 2 trading forums. Certain items/terms are appearing often, but I'm just not sure what the jargon means. The terms - Hook - TB - Old Key They are what I am unsure ...
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What is 'Tackling'?

I have started playing EVE Online and I'm working through a set of suggestions I have been given by a friend who has been playing EVE for a while to get setup to actually play the game in some ...
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What does it mean to “savescum”?

I play a roguelike now and then and the term "savescum" comes up fairly often. What does it mean, and where did the term come from?
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What is the correct terminology for games like Final Fantasy (the early ones)

Is there a trade industry term to refer to games with feel and gameplay like "Final Fantasy IV" etc...? I would like to search for similar games (especially if, ideally, a good open source ones ...