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What is V-Sync and when should I enable it?

Most modern 3D games have a graphics option "V-Sync". It's usually an on/off setting. I'd like to understand settings I tweak with, and this one kind of eludes me. What does "V-Sync" mean, and when ...
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Are there JRPG protagonists who aren’t sword-using angsty teens? [closed]

I love JRPGs, but I’m getting a little tired to the clichéd hero. They're usually teen or young adult males who have an inflexible code of honour and come in two flavours of angst; either brooding or ...
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What are the differences between an “Hack & Slash” and a “Beat 'em up”?

What are the differences between an "Hack & Slash" and a "Beat 'em up"? I would like to know what makes the difference between these two types of game because they look the same to me.
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What is the difference between a chain and a link?

What is the difference between a chain and a link? I've been working on doing a Ken lp > lp > lp > h srk, but every time I try my hardest to get the 3 lps out and into srk, the srk gets blocked. ...
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Do the enemy that appear in arcade game when running out of time have a canonical name?

Basically, several level-based games "back in the day" had a special kind of enemy appearing when playing the same level for too long. Bubble bubble had Baron von Blubba: Snow Brothers had a ...
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What genre do games like 'Dear Esther', 'To the Moon', or 'Gone Home' fall under?

Is there a name for games like these, with minimal interaction and no branches in the story? I've seen the term "interactive fiction" around but I'm not sure if it fits.
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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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Why do games in Japan often have different English titles? [closed]

When I visited Japan and went into a game store, I was surprised to see some familiar covers with different, yet still English titles. Ever since then I've been wondering why. Some examples for ...
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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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What do these abbreviations mean in Rise of Nations?

I sometimes don't understand the slang in online games what do these mean? ATM DMC BKAM FSR LISG BCG BCA BCwN FLT FRT SEM CIA Beemer Flight Heavy Rain
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What is an HM Slave?

I just came across the term "HM Slave" in reference to a Pokemon character. A couple of questions such as this one reference the term but I haven't been able to find anything that defines it. What ...
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What does soulbound mean?

Does it mean if I die I get to keep the item? I have no idea what it means, and anytime I ask in chat, everyone tries to trade for some reason. So I found a Large Jester Cloth or something that was ...
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Is there some central “mechanic” of walljumping in video games? [closed]

Typically, when people talk about "exploring" a video game beyond the area that developers have intended to be explorable, they mean exploring by doing things such as: walljumping to get on top of ...
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what specifically does “Leet” or 1337 mean?

I know this is a dumb question, but what exactly does the term Leet or 1337 mean and where did it originate?
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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 “zoning” mean for fighting games?

I've seen the terms "zone" and "anti-zone" used in regards to moves, as well as discussion about whether or not a character is a good "zoner" or has a good "zoning game." What exactly does this term ...
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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 the meaning of 'Tilting' or 'Being on Tilt'?

I've seen this expression in Dota 2 and League of Legends chats and streamers say it. "I'm Tilting" or "I'm on Tilt" are examples of the expression in use. What is the meaning of this expression? ...
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What does “stay free” mean?

I received a message from a player whom I lost to in a match of USF4. He sent the following message through Steam: LowIQGod : you just got bodied son, get BTFO, stay free What does "stay free" ...
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What is the meaning of DLC?

I hear and see in the gaming community this term a lot. Even in questions here in Arqade What does it mean? What are some examples of DLC?
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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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What does BM stand for in Gaming?

I keep seeing a phrase like "BM fatigue" in hearthstone stream chats in twich. The context is that the streamer's opponent dies from fatigue and the whole chat says that phrase... So what does BM ...
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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 does AFK mean?

I have heard my friend talk about being AFK on a Minecraft server, but I have not heard it being used in single player so I assume it refers to online gaming but i don't know what it means and what it ...
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Term for special usable items?

I'm talking about RPG mechanics, specifically about items which are commonly called powerups in arcade games. Once your character picks up these special usable items, they don't go in the inventory ...
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What is a tier list and how do I have to look at it?

I often hear people talking about a "tier list" and I also kind of often read this term in guides or articles about League. I know that it has something to do with the viability of certain champions ...
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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 do people call spamming saves nowadays?

In the past, there were various derogatory terms for people who would abuse the ability to save the current state and keep retrying until non-deterministic decisions went in their way. What is that ...
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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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What does “tagging” mean in WvW?

I am now reading some advice about how to level up in WvW with an Elementalist (I like WvW more than PVE). And, in some of the advice (for example here), I found that "tagging" is a good way for an ...
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What do 'hitbox' and 'hurtbox' mean?

I've heard of hitboxes, then I heard of hurtboxes. They seem most relevant to fighting games. What do each of them mean and how do they differ?
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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 ...
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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 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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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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Is there a term for speedruns which don't use glitches or sequence breaks?

Sorry, I've never really followed speedrunning, so I apologize if this is obvious. Essentially, what I'm asking about are speedruns that simply play the game as it was intended to be played (no ...
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What does [:3] mean?

In the census menu, in front of each and every kitten there is [:3]. What is this and what does it mean?
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What is the name of the game mechanic in which the player “slides” towards obstacles?

What is the name of the common and oft-reimplemented game mechanics in which the level is a 2D grid consisting of obstancles, and the player can move from their current position in any direction (up, ...
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What is an Elite card in Hearthstone?

You can divide Hearthstone cards by mechanics, by class, by type, by set(basic, expert etc...), by rarity etc... But I couldn't find what is an Elite card? For example Leeroy Jenkins is an elite card. ...
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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 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 Smurfing in online games?

What does Smurfing mean when applied to online games?
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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 genre is Candy Box, A Dark Room, etc.?

What is the term/genre for games like Candy Box 1/2 and A Dark Room, where there's almost nothing at first but then it grows? Wikipedia says it's a role-playing game... but... I don't know how they ...
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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 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 kind of game is Flappy Bird/Swing Copters? [duplicate]

The games Flappy Bird and Swing Copters, both created by Dong Ngyuyen, have very similar play mechanics. Both require the player to navigate a character through gaps in walls, and require very little ...
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What does 'buffer' mean?

Because LK roll is the safest/leaves you with the most time to buffer/do that whatever. http://gaming.stackexchange.com/a/177208/46216   There are three standard ways of pulling off a 360: ...
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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 does POI stand for in the context of 7 Days to Die?

So, Alpha 9.1 for 7 Days to Die just hit STEAM. I'm going through the release notes within the changes and fixes they mention POI, such as: Lightly increased chance to find Wilderness POIs in ...