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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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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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When does mid / late game phase begins?

I'm not sure if it's late game either by champion level or by the game time. People say "early phase you won't do damage, but you do at mid game" Anyway to refer when do these phases begin?
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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 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 “Go to town” mean?

I've played Diablo II since release and to me "Go to town" means open town portal, heal, sell items, brag a bit and maybe take a minute to relax. But the other gamers on the net seem to mean something ...
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What is a Speedling?

I often hear of "Speedlings" in Starcraft 2 but what do they mean exactly? And why are they so good? How can I hinder the enemy from building extensions with Speedlings?
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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 are the units in Age of Mythology saying?

What are the units saying in Age of Mythology? For example, when I click on a Hoplite he says "Prostagma". What does that mean? Is there a resource that has all the unit's quotes for all the races ...
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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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Where did the 'pwnage' or 'pwn' or (verb) 'to pwn' come from ?

I know it is a malformation of ownage or to dominate your opponent beyond normal or average means of victory, but why is it Pwnage? Why the 'P' there? Was it a combination of two different words?
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What's a 2×4 ultra clock?

In this video, the uploaders describe a mechanism to "automate" the mining of trees by filling blocks around and above tree you mine with air, while accelerating the speed at which "random ticks ...
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What is a flaccid grab?

I see balls getting chastised in chat for performing a 'flaccid grab'? To what manoeuvre does this refer?
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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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Rush Deck and Aggro Deck

Lately I have been trying to educate myself in regards to the terminology of Hearthstone. Which leads me to my wish, to try out different types of decks. But on thing that I dont get, is the ...
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What does TTK mean?

When playing Wildstar I read a lot about TTK on the forums. I assume it has something to do with DPS but what does it actually stand for?
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What is the name of the genre of games similar to Jetpack Joyride?

I'm trying to figure out what the genre of games is called in which the only (or primary) control is to hold a single down a button to move the vehicle/character up and when letting go of the button, ...
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What is MMR and how is it calculated?

The only thing I know about MMR is that it influences your matchup with other players. I'm assuming its similar to the ELO system but I'm not exactly sure what that is either. What is MMR? How is it ...
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Is there such a genre where the main gameplay focuses on writing bots?

What is the name of the genre of game where you don't actually play, but rather you program your own player, using, e.g. a scripting language? I'm not asking for a list. I'm asking for the ...
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What is Smurfing in online games?

What does Smurfing mean when applied to online games?
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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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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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What is the source for calling your characters “Toons”

I've seen that in games where a player has an "arsenal" of several characters and each time he plays with one of them, like MMORPGs and the Diablo series, people refer to their characters as "toons". ...
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What does the term “aggro deck” mean?

I think I understand what aggro means in the context of an MMO and explicitly in World of Warcraft. Arqade even has a good answer to What does "Aggro" mean? What I am not understanding from 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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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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Need explaination for tag description on servers

While browsing around for servers I faced the server list featuring tags. Some are easy to understand like "pvp". Some other like "anarchy", "dedicated" or "vanilla" means nothing to me. Can anybody ...
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Is there a difference between the word 'Permaban' and 'Pick or Ban'? [closed]

Recently I have had an argue with my friend about using the word 'Permaban' and 'Pick or Ban' to describe certain champions. I know that 'defining' champions with such words are more of individual ...
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What's the difference between killstreak, specialized killstreak, and professional killstreak weapons?

I've been playing a fair bit of the new MVM tours, and have seen killstreak kits, specialized killstreak fabricators, and a couple professional killstreak fabricators. Based on the update notes, ...
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What is an 'Invincibility Frame'?

I've seen people talking about invincibility frames or i-frames, for example, Dark Souls 2. What are they and what do they do?
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What does AA mean?

Land her 3, then trap with ult and cast 2 for body blocking and spam the aoe of your 3 on AA and watch them die - Reddit's MANJAROWOLF I've seen this abbreviation quite a bit, but Google ...
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What does “reboot” mean when talking about latest game releases?

I'm finding this reboot term currently used so often but I'm still uncertain of the meaning. Say for instance, I read recently "Dino Crysis will get a reboot", "Devil May Cry is a reboot". What does ...
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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 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 the difference between vanilla Minecraft and FTB?

What is the difference between vanilla and FTB Minecraft? I was playing Minecraft and my brother asked if it was vanilla or FTB and I said I didn't know. So now I am asking this site to see what the ...
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What is the difference between Non-Player Characters (NPCs) and bots in video games?

An NPC refers to any character that is not controlled by a human player, e.g. a fictional character portrayed by a human gamemaster. In the context of video games, what is the difference between NPCs ...
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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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Are characters like Annie and Zyra really 'supports'?

The meta of League of Legends seems to be shifting, instead of using for example: Nami, Lulu and Soraka as supports, people is using Annie, Zyra and others to fill the role. When one uses such ...
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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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What does backdoor mean in strategy games like DotA or LoL?

What does backdoor technically mean in strategy games like DotA or League of Legends? Is it an accepted tactic or there are some rules that forbid it?
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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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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.