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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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(Super) Street Fighter IV “Option Select” and “Hit Confirm”

What do the two terms "option select" and "hit confirm" mean in the context of Street Fighter IV? Do they carry on to other fighting games?
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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?
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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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How can a game be 2.5D?

I've noticed some games be described as 2.5D. How can a game be 2.5D? Dimensions are discrete entities, aren't they?
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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 exactly is a “cheese” in Starcraft 2?

I seem to see commentators mention "cheese" with regards to Starcraft 2, but I'm not quite sure what they mean. If a particular build/tactic is called a "cheese", does that mean it is a considered to ...
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What is lag compensation?

Specifically in regard to online games, what is lag compensation? Should it affect the way I play?
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What is a hit box?

What exactly is a hit box? Is there any way that knowing about hit boxes could help in a game?
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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.
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What is bunny hopping?

I hear the term bunny hopping thrown around a lot. What is it? Can it actually help me in some games?
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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.