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The term "Cheese" comes from the adjective "Cheesy". The not-so-subtle innuendo there is that a victory via so-called "cheese" did not come from the players own skill, but was merely because the loser was unprepared for the "cheesy" tactics that lead to their loss. What qualifies as "cheese" will undoubtedly vary from player to player, but generally the ...


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Kiting refers to keeping an enemy chasing you while also keeping it at a range where it cannot attack you. This tactic is often used to more safely attack the enemy using a long-range attack or to distract the enemy while others attack it. The effect looks like you have the enemy on the end of a string, kind of like a 'kite', because you are both moving in ...


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Simple answer Pixel shaders are tiny programs that can do operations on a single pixel on the screen, as opposed to geometry shaders and vertex shaders which work on the geometrical primitives (triangles) that make up everything you see on the screen. The most common use for pixel shaders is 'shading', approximation to real world lighting. Commonly used ...


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The key distinction is that a Bot represents an automated player; an NPC, by contrast, isn't playing the game at all. In general, an NPC is a part of the game; a placed object which is designed by the creator and exists to interact with the player. Examples would include vendors, quest givers, or enemies. In some games, (particularly RPG's), the term is ...


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"Free" means the game is free. 100% free with no charge to play it. "Free to play" means the base game is free and you can play for free but some content will be available that require micro-transactions or other form of payment to get hold of. As mentioned on the Steam Support article for "Free to play" games: Free to play games are available to ...


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Vanilla usually means the base game, without any modifications or in WoW's case DLC's/Expansion packs.


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I would have to strongly argue against those who say that "cheese" is an exploit in the game. A cheese strategy is usually an all-in strategy. Reaper rushes, zergling rushes, roach spam, proxy gate rushes are something lots of people consider cheese strategies. If a cheese strategy is countered, then the game is usually easily won. Cheese builds in SC2 ...


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There are several terms to cover the behaviors you are asking about. Giving Powerful Items = Twinking Some of the behavior you are describing is called twinking. In role-playing video games, particularly MMORPGs, twinking refers to outfitting a new character or player with items or other resources that are not normally available to new or low-level ...


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V-Sync is short for "Vertical Synchronization"; its only purpose is to avoid screen tearing in games. What is screen tearing? Image by Vanessaezekowitz, via Wikimedia Commons. Used under the CC-By-SA 3.0 license. Screen tearing happens, because your GPU sends a frame to your screen when the latter hasn't yet finished displaying its previous frame. You ...


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The name Masamune doesn't reference an actual sword, but a legendary sword smith called Gorō Nyūdō Masamune. (Altough, his name is also attached to his swords, like Honjo Masamune, Fudo Masamune, Hōchō Masamune and Kotegiri Masamune.) And for this to make sense, you need to understand that Masamune isn't regarded only a great swordsmith, but the great ...


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Replay value is simply a generic term for "What could motivate people to play the game again after playing through it once?" Neither the time to play through or the graphics have anything to do with that. Examples for factors that add to replay value: Branching story where players might play again to experience the other branches. Extensive character ...


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8-bit and 16-bit, for video games, specifically refers to the processors used in the console. The number references the size of the words of data used by each processor. The 8-bit generation of consoles (starting with Nintendo's Famicom, also called Nintendo Entertainment System) used 8-bit processors; the 16-bit generation (starting with NEC/Hudson's PC ...


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A roguelite is not-quite-a-roguelike. It's a fuzzy definition, but it's a starting place. (I've also heard the term roguelikelike.) Back in 2008, some guys at the International Roguelike Development Conference 2008 in Berlin were annoyed about how some games were claiming to be roguelikes, but they weren't enough like Rogue. So they nailed down a ...


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"Post-completion" or "post-game" is what I commonly hear. Sometimes people will qualify it as "post-main-quest" or similar. This is distinct from "new game plus" types of replayability that simply restarts the game allowing you to keep some stats or items or whatnot.


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This term spans wider than Eve. Urban Dictionary defines "care bear": Lightly derogatory term for an MMO player who avoids PVP combat, heavily preferring cooperative or solo PVE combat, chatting, or developing tradeskills/running quests. Depending on the game and the individual, this PVP avoidance can show up in several ways: by playing on strict ...


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AD - Attack Damage - The stat that directly affects auto-attack damage. It will also increase the damage of physical spells. Physical spells will have an orange (+ #) to show how much extra damage you get from your AD. AP - Ability Power - This stat only works on abilities with a blue (+ #). The majority if not all mages use AP to increase their ability ...


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Squelching mutes the other players emotes on your end. Traditionally Squelch is used in two way radio operation and is used to cut off an incoming signal if the strength drops below a certain level. In gaming terms it often refers to cutting off all communications from another player.


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AFK is an acronym for "away from keyboard". It's commonly used in multiplayer games and chat rooms to let other players know that you will be unavailable for a short time (away from keyboard), or to quickly explain an idle period.


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This is known as the killfeed. This term has been widely used throughout many different multiplayer games, including old ones such as Quake, Counter-Strike, Starsiege's Tribes, etc. For the etymology of the word the origin is unknown but it has likely started off with Quake/Quake II. Some examples of killfeed from the games you have mentioned: From ...


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Quickscoping is older than the Call of Duty series, but it's a bigger problem in that game than elsewhere. The literal definition of quickscoping is exactly what you'd think - aiming down the sights of a sniper rifle for a short period before firing. This is in contrast to "hard scoping" where you spend most of your time aimed down the sights and lining up ...


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Savescumming generally refers to the practice of reloading a saved game prior to a random event, repeatedly, until a favorable outcome is achieved. The term originated in the Roguelike community, as the genre is known for the frequent occurrence of perma-death as a feature - in that community, any use of saved games to recover from a fatal mistake or poor ...


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Nowadays it is called Save Scumming, according to the trope wiki. This term comes from the Roguelike community, and different people may use different terms for that.


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All MMO's have massive amounts of data in databases or caches. They can either purge very old data, cache old data, optimize new data, make backups. And this is just from a software point of view. From a hardware point of view they can make update server hardware, perform defragmentation, etc. Check this link for futher reading.


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Aggro-deck is a term borrowed from games like Magic the Gathering. It means a deck that intends to play aggressively and kill your opponent as quickly as possible. An aggro deck in Hearthstone is characterized by the following: Low mana curve (allows you to play many cards quickly) Aggressive creatures (high power relative to toughness) with abilities ...


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Gib is short for "giblets" - which are chunks of meat, or more specifically: the edible offal of a fowl, typically including the heart, gizzard, liver, and other visceral organs. This term was quite popular among the early id Software games, Doom and Quake in particular, where a particularly damaging blow to an enemy or another player usually yielded ...


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ED - Enhanced Damage or Enhanced Defense MF - Magic Find SoJ - Stone of Jordan ft or FT - For Trade (the opposite of ISO, below) ISO - In Search Of (what people say when they want to trade for something) SC - Softcore HC - Hardcore cube/cubing - Use of the Horadric Cube Ammy - Slang for Amulet torch - Hellfire Torch wp - Waypoint eth - Ethereal e-bugged - A ...


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The term "Frag" comes from the shortening of "Fragmentation grenade". Fragging is a macabre ritual of Vietnam in which American enlisted men attempt to murder their superiors. The word comes from the nickname for hand grenades, a weapon popular with enlisted men because the evidence is destroyed with the consummation of the crime. The original meaning ...


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What is a tick? To understand the meaning of a tick first you need to have a high level understanding of a game loop. In a standard game loop you have three main functions: Process user input Update the game state Render to screen These will loop over and over throughout the game. There are controls on the loop so that 2 different pieces of ...


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"Metroidvania" is a term used to describe a sort of exploratory 2D platforming game. It comes from the original games of the Metroid series and some of the middle-era of Castlevania games (most notably "Symphony of the Night", which is what primarily gave birth to the term). The most defining feature is usually the world. Rather than have set stages or a ...



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