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Questions tagged [terminology]

This tag is only for questions that ask what a gaming-specific term means - not for questions that ask to find terms that describe parts or characteristics of games; such questions are likely to be closed.

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What does the term 'Spot Healing' mean in World of Warcraft?

Watching a World of Warcraft stream, the caster mentioned that the healers were "spot healing" the tank. What does the term 'spot healing' mean?
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What does t bag mean?

After reading some terminology questions I felt the need to add to the collection the term "t bag" / "t-bag" / "teabag". It is often heard and seen, usually but not limited to multiplayer games. So, ...
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What's the difference between “nerf” and “debuff”?

What's the difference between "nerf" and "debuff"?
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Why is movement in Fortnite called “rotations”?

The word 'rotations' is being thrown around all the time. Why is it called "rotations"/"rotating"?
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What is 'IV range' in relation to IVs? Is one more important than the other?

I am attempting to catch strong pokemon in Pokemon Go. I have heard that a pokemon with max IV is strong. I know what IVs are, but what is IV range? Is it necessary?
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What does Packets / Packet Loss mean

I've recently seen something on Fortnite: Battle Royale, and other games. They're called packets, and I have honestly no idea what they are. It'll say something like: Packets: 12 Packet Loss: 0%; ...
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What is experience soaking?

I read this blog post about playing Abathur yesterday evening and it talks about 'experience soaking'. Most Abathur players will not utilize their body very well and just sit somewhere safe, but ...
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What is the “ping pong” effect mentioned here?

I was reading this post on the official forums. It says If you, like me, like to shape your maps then make sure you have them all in the same area as you want to put your elder in that area in ...
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What does tempo mean in League of Legends?

I’ve heard casters use the term several times in professional games, but I’m not sure precisely what it means.
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What are stereo screenshots for?

So I went across one of the few games the Nvidia's Ansel feature supports, and within the many types of capture type it provides, aside from: "screenshot", "super resolution" and "360º" there's ...
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What is difference between “PowerSlide” and “Drift”?

I noticed some games use the term Powerslides and others use Drifting, but is there a difference? I mean generally, not specifically to single game. Some games call the action Powerslide and some ...
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Origin of the name “gaming console”

Why are they called "consoles"? AFAIK, In computing, the name "console" for machine interface came from the fact, that initially it was a literal console table with typewriter on it. But gaming ...
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What does “stagger” mean in Overwatch?

I frequently hear Overwatch players and commentators using the verb "stagger". What does this term refer to, and what is its significance?
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How does 'bloom' work?

I was recently playing Fortnite/watchingsome videos, and a lot of people are referring to 'bloom'. I have googled and found some information on it, but I am a little confused on how its implemented. ...
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What is Stream Sniping?

In this YouTube video, Some streamer says he "doesn't want to stream the game, because he gets stream sniped every day by a Symmetra but they still have a chance to ...
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What's the difference between “mythical” and “legendary” Pokémon?

I always see some Pokémon being called "mythical" or "legendary", but I don't understand what makes a Pokémon mythical and what makes it legendary. Is there any definition that differentiates a ...
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What is a proximity backflip?

One of the missions to reach level 34 in Alto’s Adventure is to “Land a proximity backflip.” What is a proximity backflip? How do I land one?
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What is sound occlusion?

I have a very insensitive feeling with sound. So I can't really tell the difference between occlusion effect on or off in this video, but I have a feeling that when occlusion effect is off, the sound ...
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What is DBNO in PUBG?

Theres a stat that I don't get. It's called DBNO and right now, I have 0. What is DBNO? It is also shown on OP.GG's pages https://pubg.op.gg/user/Fredy31?server=na
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Who coined the term 'vanilla' and how did it become popular? [closed]

When it comes to games like Don't Starve, Terraria and Skyrim, people can code their own mods, which I've had a shot at. And I've heard the term 'vanilla' used a lot when it comes to playing an ...
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Is there a term for a non-ftp electronic deck-building card game (a CCG without the first C)?

I'm looking for an electronic deck-building card game, where you don't have to collect the cards to play. I'm looking for something similar to Hearthstone or Magic: The Gathering Online, but where ...
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Is there a term for this kind of video game background? [duplicate]

Ok, I have an odd little question. I'm sure that I've played a number of video games with this kind of stylized 2D background, though I can't think of an good example for the life of me (I tried, ...
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What does DPCT mean?

This term is often used in reference to RPGs, where it is employed in the context of an ability. E.g. "Ability A has higher DPCT than ability B". What does this term mean / signify?
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What does AoS mean?

I was searching some maps for Warcraft III: Frozen Throne and I found a term I hadn't heard before: AoS map. I've searched for a meaning, however I haven't been able to find a concrete definition, ...
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When is a control point contested vs being captured?

When is a capture point being contested and when is being captured in Team Fortress 2? Whenever the announcer announces that a control point is being threatened by the other team, how is the ...
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What does 'CSR' mean in the context of 'CSR Racing'?

I've been playing this game (CSR2 racing) for a while but I've yet to find out what the CSR in the name comes from. What does it mean?
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What is BM in League of Legends? [duplicate]

It's a term that seems to just have crashed in the LoL community. I now seem to see 'This play was so BM' or 'Look at the BM'... It seems to be only with cocky plays that went wrong. So what is BM?
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What Genre is Dark Souls III?

Dark Souls III is an online game that follows a single player through a set storyline, but because it is also online I can't decide if it's an MMORPG or something else.
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What is the “Cosplay RPG” genre?

I ran into this expression on the wikipedia page for Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 2. I never heard about this genre, and googling it only resulted in RPG Cosplay pictures.
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What do you call a game that has other games within it?

My wife needs to know, for academic reasons, what to call such a game. She's writing about using games to learn things, so here's your chance to help improve the general perception of video games ;) ...
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What differentiates HotS sub-roles?

I'm looking at the current Mega Hero Bundles that Blizzard has for the HotS 2.0 release, and I'm seeing a lot of Roles that I'm not familiar with. HotS is the only MOBA I play, and even then I don'...
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What is “radial blur”?

I've thought that radial blur is a form of motion blur that is only applied to mobile objects, not camera movements, but I may be misinformed. Radial blur can sometimes, albeit rarely, be configured ...
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What does the bracketed number mean in longplay titles?

I am referring to this: NES Longplay [540] Takeshi No Chousenjou ^^^ I've had no luck researching this. From Google, to the World-Of-Longplays website, to Wikipedia's stub of an ...
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What do the PAL and NTSC abbreviations stand for?

I often hear these abbreviations while talking about regionalisation in gaming. I think PAL is from Europe, and NTSC in North America, but what do these two abbreviations stand for and mean?
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What is Blast processing?

Back in the Super Nintendo era, Sega's whole Marketing campaign hinged on one thing: Blast Processing. I don't think I've ever seen it explained. It was just "WE GOT IT AND NINTENDONT." So, What is ...
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What is “Ehon Timing”?

In Starcraft Broodwar there is the concept of "Ehon Timing". Where does this term come from? What does the term mean exactly?
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What does BST mean?

I played FE Sacred Stones, Blazing Sword and Blinding Blade (until ch13) before playing FE Heroes. I can't wait for Tana to be out on FEH. Anyways, I've been checking guides on Gamepress on tiers and ...
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What does “King of the Hill” mean in Overwatch?

I see the phrase "King of the Hill" in Overwatch content very often. When you google what is "king of the hill" maps overwatch there are tons of results. Everyone speaks about it, but no one defines ...
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What is a 'perfect IV Pokemon' and how do I get one?

I went to the Battle Tree but got flat out crushed. I went to a website for help, and it began speaking about perfect IVs. It also said EVs. What are they, and how do I get one?
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What genre are games like Arcanists, Worm, Warlings?

I'm looking for more games like the ones mentioned above. Especially one like Jagex's Arcanists where not everyone has the same spells/weapons. To be clear, I'm not asking for recommendations. I just ...
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What is “Hammertime” a reference to?

When the "knockdown" status effect is applied, text appears that says things like "whoops", "tripped", or "hammertime". What does "hammertime" reference? I'm familiar with the M.C. Hammer song "Can't ...
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What is the art style of games like Zelda BotW or GW2 called?

Like everybody right now I am very excited for Zelda Breath of the Wild and I really love the game's style. It really looks like if a storybook with drawings came to life. Is this a particular style ...
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Differentiating the term “UI” and “HUD” in games

In video gaming, the HUD (head-up display) or Status Bar is the method by which information is visually relayed to the player as part of a game's user interface. The HUD is frequently used to ...
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What's the difference between a soft reload and a hard reload in first person shooters?

Every now and then, I will play first person shooters on my off time. I've played a few of them, ranging from Destiny to Battlefront to Battlefield and I have always heard of reloading, well as ...
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What is the name for types of games like Phage Wars?

What's the generic name for strategy games where you have nodes that can be used to take over other neutral or enemy nodes, usually where each owned node generates power? Here's a few I've found by ...
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What does “Game of the Year” actually mean?

Often times, many games have an additional variant named "Game X: Game of the Year edition" or "Game X: GOTY edition". Within the same year, there are multiple games that seemingly have GOTY versions. ...
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Where does the term “quick time event” come from?

I know what the term quick time event means and that one of the first usages of the gameplay element was in Dragon's Lair, but I don't know why they are called that. Was that the term used by Dragon's ...
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Why do we call teams “parties”?

I tried to search on dictionary but seems the term "party" is used in videogames "out of context". Party: a social gathering, as of invited guests at a private home, for conversation, refreshments, ...
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What is a “two-frame punish?”

I often see phrases like "two-frame punish" when watching Super Smash Bros 4 tournaments. I often see it when people are edge guarding, and it some how prevents players from grabbing the edge. What ...
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Difference between tilted and triggered?

I'm new to overwatch and from the few times I've heard ppl saying things on open mic I commonly hear the following phrases : I'm tilted. I'm on tilt I'm triggered This is triggering Or some ...