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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 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 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 metagame?

What is so called meta-game in StarCraft 2? What other games have this meta-game?
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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 it mean to have map control?

I hear people talking a lot about having map control (mostly tzenes). What specifically does a good player consider map control? Is it simply having decent visibility of most of the map so that you ...
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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 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 “ganking”?

In reading about "griefing" and "smurfing", the term "ganking" came up...is there a good definition for it?
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What is Smurfing in online games?

What does Smurfing mean when applied to online games?
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What's the meaning of the term “gib”?

Especially while talking about FPS, the term "gib" is quite common. While I get it's related to a sudden and gruesome death, I'd like to know its actual meaning and where it comes from.
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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 “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 an Enrage timer?

I've seen it mentioned that some of the Diablo 3 bosses have an enrage timer? What exactly does that mean? Are there any bonuses for killing one that is enraged?
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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 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 SS stand for when an opponent is missing?

When someone from the opposing team is missing I have noticed people writing "SS bot/mid/top" to indicate to the rest of the team that they don't have visual on one or more of the people in there ...
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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 are the playstyles of the different roles?

Having never played DOTA, LoL, or any other games of this genre, I am faced with the daunting task of picking between 50+ heroes to play. They each seem to have a role, such as Carry, Initiator, ...
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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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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 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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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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What is an AAA game?

I have seen some games being called "AAA". What does it mean?
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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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What does MOBA really mean and what characterizes games that belong to that genre?

I've lately heard the term Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) used as a video game genre. The Wikipedia entry redirects to the "Defense of the Ancients" genre, hinting that this is used ...
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What are games without player interaction, like Progress Quest, called?

I'm looking for games like Progress Quest and Idle RPG that contain very little interaction with the player, but can't figure out a genre to search for. What is the genre called? I've tried ...
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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 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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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 is the difference between a “carry” and a “fighter”?

I have been rather confused about this for a while, mainly when someone says they will play their Champion as a carry when the Champion is not classified as one. So, I suppose I am also wondering the ...
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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 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 do the unit tiers mean in StarCraft 2?

I see people referring to a StarCraft 2 unit's tier (1, 1.5, 2). What does this mean, and how can I tell what tier a unit is?
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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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How do I know when it's time to push?

I'm fairly new to League of Legends and I learned of the concept of zoning recently, and it makes a lot of sense, but no source that I visited tells me when I know it is time to push. The most ...
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What is the infamous “Archon Toilet”?

I heard that expression quite a few times during casts, but what excatly is it and why is it called like this?
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In StarCraft, what is an A-Move?

I've heard people in casts say "A-Move." What does it mean?
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What does P2W mean?

What does P2W mean? I've heard it used in reference to various free to play games.
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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 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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Cooperative game vs Multiplayer game

Can any one tell what is difference between cooperative game and multiplayer game?
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What is this genre called?

In the old times, I used to play some games on my Amiga 500 where the player needs to continually shoot and advance. The ammo was unlimited. What is this genre called in gaming terminology? I can give ...