Questions tagged [terminology]

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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'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 Smurfing in online games?

What does Smurfing mean when applied to online games?
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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 funneling?

I often hear of funneling attacking troops in order to defeat defensive troops or structures. How exactly does this work? I find it can be tricky as the troops target defensive structures (giants and ...
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What is Direct X, and why do games keep on requesting different versions?

I am not very experienced with computers, and was wondering what Direct X actually does, on my PC. Why do various games request different versions? Should the latest version cover all of them, or do ...
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Why do people call their characters “toons”?

I've seen that in games like MMORPGs and the Diablo series, where the player has an "arsenal" of several characters, people refer to their characters as "toons". What is the origin of this term?
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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 is CP? Why is it important?

Pokémon have a statistic called CP. What does it do, and why is it relevant? Is it a substitute for the nonexistent levels and statistics, or is it something completely different?
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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 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 is the name of the pseudo-3D view in 2D games like Cadillacs and Dinosaurs?

I need to know the term for the kind of projection in games like Cadillacs and Dinosarus (a beat-´em up, shown below). The game uses a kind of pseudo-3D effect with techniques including isometric/...
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What are the precise differences between “playable” and “optimal”?

When you download the Diablo 3 client there's a "playable" stage and an "optimal" completion. I'm assuming "optimal" includes stuff like higher-quality textures but I could not find any precise ...
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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 and I've heard streamers say it. "I'm Tilting" or "I'm on Tilt" are examples of the expression in use. What is the meaning of this ...
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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 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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Etymology of the word “nerf”?

How did the word "nerf" develop to its current meaning in MMO/multiplayer games? I can remember seeing it for a long time to have the same or similar meaning, even before the explosion of MMOs that ...
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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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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 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 lain....
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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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What is considered a matchmade game in LoL?

So recently (or maybe not recently, I just started playing again) Riot implemented a "Hextech crafting system". I'm still really confused how it works, but I managed to obtain another box besides the ...
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What is the Meta Game? [duplicate]

I have heard a lot of people tell me that your Meta Game is just as important as playing well. What exactly is the Meta game and how does one go about improving it, or even getting it to begin with?
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What's the difference between “Bug” and “Glitch”?

I heard about 2 terms defining a game error: "Bug" and "Glitch". What's the difference between them?
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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 is a “pixel shader”?

I have noticed that some games quote the requirement for "pixel shader 3.0 or better". What is a pixel shader and is it some software requirements or hardware requirements?
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What is “OpenGL” and why did a player get banned for it?

Today, while playing Counter Strike 1.6 on a server, I saw a message at the left corner saying: Player Name - x. Permanent Ban. Reason - "OpenGL" detected So what is this OpenGL thing in Counter ...
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What's the difference between lag and jitter?

I've noticed nowadays that games (and people) only use the term 'lag'. Except, while playing BZFlag, I've noticed there's two notifications for latency (the proper term 'lag'); "Your jitter is too ...
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What exactly is a softlock?

I've heard the term "softlock" used a lot, especially in speedrunning contexts, and I have picked up an intuitive vague definition from context. It seems to mean getting the game into a state where ...
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What is the name of the view in games like Diablo 3, Starcraft, and Warcraft?

An example from Diablo 3:What is this view style called?
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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 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 does IP stand for?

I have seen this abbreviation multiple times in relation with computer games. Take this sentence for example "It's interesting because people look back at our history and our franchises and see that ...
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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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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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A guide to SCII unit composition slang

While managing this question, I have realized that there are few references online for SCII slang or jargon, which is frequently used by commentators during casts of SCII games. Games are often short, ...
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What are “torrents” in relation to gaming?

I see torrents mentioned on a lot of gaming sites. When I google it I get "strong and fast-moving stream of water or other liquid" -- what does it mean in relation to gaming?
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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 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 does RTC stand for?

When researching flash cartridges, I keep coming across the term "RTC", but never see it actually defined. I think it has something to do with a battery powered clock. What does "RTC" stand for?
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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 PROC mean?

I understand what it is, like an item proc that delivers an effect on hit for example. But what does PROC actually mean? Does it stand for something or is it short for another word?