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Meaning of word 'scrub'

The title does a ask my question quite well, what is the meaning of the word 'scrub'. I have seen friends use it in chat and people use it in public games, but I am still confused about the meaning ...
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What is “rubber banding”?

I was playing CS:GO today, and someone on my team who wasn't moving said that he was "rubber banding". I never heard that term before, and I'm not sure what that means. What does "rubber banding" ...
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Why is there a BANANA in Inferno?

I was watching a recent replay of a CS:GO match. For some reason the casters kept talking about a team "keeping great control of banana". For example at around 19:04 in this ESL video. At first I ...
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What does “FOW” stand for in Just Cause 3?

It seems to be the long-range weapon Di Ravello's forces have, but I don't remember anyone ever explaining exactly what it is or even what "FOW" stands for. In my head, I've been thinking of it as the ...
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Where did 'Soon™' originate?

I've seen coming Soon™ attached to some Valve and Blizzard products, but did it start with one of them (and if so, which)? What was the first game (or other product) that was to be launched with the ...
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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 are Scripts in League of Legends

I was playing a game not too long ago and our mid player got completely destroyed. He was accusing the other player of scripting. Maybe he was wrong and just a sore loser, but it's not the first time ...
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What does CDM mean?

What does CDM mean? I've got it as buff on my equipment, but there is no reference as far as I know in the game to it. There is nothing in the list on Wikipedia that fits either (assuming I can't ...
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Is there a name for the type of video games that encourage to play for short periods of time but regularly?

I'm thinking of games like Animal Crossing, which encourage you to play of short periods of time (like 20 minutes) but regularly, for example everyday, and where playing for hours straight make no ...
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What is a free kill in LoL?

I often read or hear that term even if they're referring to some full hp target. I could think that as a kill that has no damage risk at all, but I'm not feeling sure about it.
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What exactly is the Masamune sword?

The Masamune sword is featured in many games that I've played over the years, from Soul Calibur to Chrono Trigger to Final Fantasy. It's a sword that is usually surrounded with some sort of magical ...
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What does PSX/TAS mean?

Typically in speedruns, I see in the title PSX and/or TAS, like a Metal Gear Solid 1 speedrun. What does both PSX and TAS mean?
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What does 'kobe' mean?

I have heard the word 'kobe' (pronounced koh-bee) said in gaming videos by VanossGaming, usually just before he gets a throwing knife kill. What does 'kobe' mean?
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In some games, the rank above A is S. What does S represent?

In some (generally Japanese) games, the best rank is S. For example, this question talks about getting an S rank on story battles. Metal Gear Solid 4 ranks their weapons on an SABCDE scale. Does S ...
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What is a Wombo Combo?

I'd like to know what exactly the term 'Wombo Combo' means. Does it mean something such as using all 5 champion's ultimates at the same time? Is it a term only used in League of Legends? Edit So ...
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What is a frame trap, and what is a string?

I've seen many youtubers continue to use both terms but I never really understood what they meant? Can someone please help?
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What's the difference between “Free” versus “Free to Play” on Steam?

On Steam, there are the labels "Free" and "Free to Play" - what is the difference between the two?
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What is the difference between “Beat'em all” vs “Beat'em up”?

I'm not a native English speaker. Could you tell me what us the difference between Beat'em all vs Beat'em up (if any)? ----- EDIT ----- I noticed the terminology of beat'em all doesn't exist in ...
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What is a “rule of right” RPG? (a.k.a. “Oudou RPG”)

I've seen this term applied to Bravely Default, Final Fantasy and other JRPGs, but I haven't been able to find a definition for it.
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What does it mean to “top deck”?

I see this term getting thrown around a lot in the Hearthstone community and not a lot of context is there to fully understand its' meaning. What does it mean if someone is "topdecking"?
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What does tryhard mean exactly?

So, tryhard. I've seen the word used in many contexts, with seemingly different meanings. In some places, it seems to qualify a type of game or game element (specific characters or subsystems) ...
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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's the difference between a “Roguelike” and a “Roguelite” game?

What exactly defines a Roguelike game and what is the difference between them and Roguelite games?
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What do those abbreviations mean in League of Legends?

I'm quite new to League of Legends (LoL) but try to improve through reading guides. All too often I stumble upon abbreviations I am not sure what they mean. Some of those are: AD AP ArPen AS bot ...
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How do you explain ganking, carrying, farming, etc. to a newcomer?

These terms can only be fully learned after hours of practice, but to give a beginner a feel of these terms when his or her team talks about these, how would you explain these terms in context of DotA ...
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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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Origin of the name Brahmin in fallout

Brahmin are a caste of religious teachers in Hinduism. Does the FO4 name for cows, Brahmin, have anything to do with this? I was thinking it's possible since Hinduism reveres cows.
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What do the +X numbers at the end of trainer names mean?

For the context of this question, a "trainer" is a program that modifies the memory state of a game that is currently running. From what I have noticed, trainers usually have a number like +3 or +4 ...
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What does GOAT or 'GOATing' mean?

I've heard this a few times in Guild Wars 2, usually in the context of a PvP or WvW match. Someone will be complaining that There was too much goating in that match or That guy is a ...
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Why are cheaters called 'modders' in GTA: Online?

Cheat programs are used by players a lot in GTA Online freemode. (Moreover, players reported as cheaters do not seem to be banned/blocked by Rockstar). I can't understand why people (some of them ...
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What game genre do these games fall into?

I have taken an interest in a few games I have found on the internet, such as Fairy Fencer F, Hypderdimension Nuptunia; Rebirth 1 and One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3. I have looked around, but can not ...
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What is a pocket medic?

I've heard this term somewhere in TF2, and it also goes along the lines of "pocket soldier", or "pocket scout", or something like that. What does the "pocket" mean?
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What is the difference between sharking and lowballing?

I've heard of these two terms, and I know they're both somewhat correlated with scamming. What are differences between these two?
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What is a patch terran?

What does it mean when they say "patch terran"? I am looking to understand what the term means.
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What does playing “Ranked” mean?

I play Starcraft and today someone asked me if I had ever played 'ranked'. What does that mean?
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Is the Age of Empires Series a 4X Game?

I recently encountered the tag 4X when I was on the Steam page for Endless Legend. So I did a bit research and found even on this site following answer in this topic from Kevin Y: According to ...
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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 are games for GameBoy Color known as?

I want to know if the games for GameBoy Color are considered to be 16-bit games? If not, what category do they fall under?
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Purely fictional message

At the start of some games it says say that: "Anything portrayed in this game is purely fictional and any similarities are completely coincidental" Does that mean every single element of the game? ...
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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 is the difference between a (re)skin and a texture?

When searching through mods for TF2, I came across some confusion. Creators used the word "skin" to describe a remake of the default skin for objects, including adding sections (see LED Sentry skin). ...
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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 “quickscoping”?

I often hear people talking about "quickscoping" in the context of First Persion Shooter games. My understanding is that it means looking down the barrel of a sniper rifle quickly in order to get a ...
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Why is it offensive to call someone a 3 Minute Mage?

I was reading game terminology It says 3-Minute Mage Refers to a Mage (often an Arcane and Fire spec) who possesses one or all of the following: Arcane Power, Presence of Mind, and Talisman ...
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How did the term 'buff' originate?

I was interested in learning that the term 'nerf' originated from Nerf gun toys. The opposite of nerf is buff, but I have found no information on the origin of it. How did the term 'buff' originate?
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What is 16-bit music called?

So I am a big Nerdcore junkie. Loving video game music and Nerdcore music. As of such, I have a LOT of 8-bit Chiptune music in my iTunes library. But I also have music that would be considered 16-bit, ...
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What is the word for when players give all high level advantages to lvl 1 players?

Say that you start a new character in a online game which has ways to progress (such as leveling up / improving your character) and you're playing it with a friend that knows 100% about the game, but ...
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What is the expanded form of Adds.

I listen to several Destiny podcasts that use the term "adds" in reference to the little bad guys that try to get you while you are trying to get a boss. But I don't know what that stands for. Any ...
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What are the meanings of most common abbreviations in Ingress?

There are few abbreviations and acronyms in Ingress which might be confusing at first to new players, can you list them?
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What is Vanilla?

What do people mean with the term "Vanilla"? I see it more and more often. For example, with regard to World of Warcraft: Which Vanilla achievements will be lost with Cataclysm’s release? And ...