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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 ...
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What does DPS mean?

I think it originates from MMORPGs, particularly World of Warcraft. I think it refers to more than one thing. Did it really originate from MMORPGs? Does it mean one thing exclusively, or can it mean ...
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Differences between “macros” and “programmable buttons”

Is there a difference between "macros" and "programmable buttons", or are they the same thing?
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LoL Champion Classes/Roles

What is the difference between a class and a role in League of Legends? Are they the same thing? Also, I would like to know what every class is and what every role is in League of Legends (or at ...
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What does “RAX” mean?

I'm new to Starcraft and when I look on the Starcraft subreddit or here in some questions I often encounter term RAX usually in context with Terrans. But I don't know what it means. What does it mean?...
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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 teleporter and armor pack uptime mean?

Currently you can get end-of-match cards that say "X% teleporter uptime" for Symmetra, and "X% armor pack uptime" for Torbjorn. What does "uptime" mean in these cards?
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What does 'evaluated by judge' mean?

In Pokemon X and Y online battles, sometimes it will show statistics on the side of the battle for each player. Sometimes though, one will pop up that says "Times evaluated by judge." What does this ...
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What is the definition of an “objective kill”?

At the end of a match, the game lists off a number of statistics for my performance, including "eliminations" and "objective kills." The second number is usually (always?) smaller than the first. ...
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How do you differentiate “soft” CC from “hard” CC?

This question is about the difference about what is generally called "soft" CC and what is referred to as "hard" CC. I can of course feel the difference to some extent : slows are soft and stuns are ...
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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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Does ADC strictly mean Hunter?

I understand that ADC (an abbreviation of Attack Damage Carry) is a term that came from other MOBAs. In League of Legends it appears that the term is an old term since replaced with Marksman, ...
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Difference and meaning between “remastered” and “remake”

Since there are currently rumors that Bethesda is make a "remastered" Version of one of their games(most say Skyrim), I was wondering what exactly is "remastered"? And what's the difference to a "...
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What is animation cancelling?

Many popular streamers have been talking about "animation cancelling" for months, and about it having some added benefits for many different heroes and abilities. I'm not too sure what animation ...
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What are Private Servers?

I have seen a couple questions recently asking about private servers for Clash of Clans. I looked them up online, and I can't find any information about them, only sites offering them. What are these ...
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What is the meaning of 'pp' in OSU?

I'm just starting to play OSU! I was watching to know what pros can do in that game, and I just realized they were talking about pp. What does pp mean? What pp is the standard in a game of OSU!? ...
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What is the term used to describe objects appearing from nowhere?

I've noticed that in World of Warcraft, fixed objects suddenly appear as the player moves towards them and then vanish as they move away. For example, as the player moves along a road, a building will ...
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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 does “shopping” mean?

I'm playing Clash of Clans and someone said "shopping" when asking for troops, and then posted a replay with text "nice shopping trip" where their defense wins. Another use I've seen of this term by ...
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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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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 does “Lifesaver” mean on the Play of the Game?

I've noticed that sometimes, a highlight video or the Play of the Game has the text "Lifesaver" appended during the intro, usually below the hero's waist. However, I haven't noticed any differences ...
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What is Minecraft Indev?

Today I was watching a video of iDeactiveMC and found out that there is a old version of Minecraft called Minecraft Indev. Please explain me exactly what Minecraft Indev is?
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What is the difference between “public” games and “competitive” games? How are these “competitive” games located?

Me: Is Rocket Jumper + Bison + Zatoichi a valid Soldier play style? Anon_Player: Anything's valid in pubs. After a while of playing TF2 and listening to the voice/text chats I've noticed that there ...
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What is the Nuzlocke Challenge?

I've read some Pokemon fans' comic about this Nuzlocke Challenge, that have some "rules" about this challenge like if your Pokemon faint, then it means your Pokemon is dead. I want to know what is ...
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What does “burst” mean?

When reading various strategies for Smite, I have encountered terms such as: burst assassin and burst damage What exactly does "burst" mean?
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Is there a common name for pop-up damage numbers, such as in RPGs? [closed]

It just occurred to me that I've never heard a name for the damage numbers that pop up over characters, typically in RPGs. After some searching I found one person call them "poppers", but no other ...
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What is the FEAR strategy?

My friend was telling me about the FEAR strategy while I was playing Pokemon Heart Gold. But he isn't sure what the FEAR strategy is, because he was playing this game long time ago and he doesn't ...
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What is the difference between a mod and a plugin

I know they both modify your gameplay, but I don't really know the difference and I feel like no one I ask truly knows. When I talk Minecraft with my friends mod and plugin show up often when I'm ...
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A Minecraft PE mod is asking me if my device is 'rooted'. What does this mean? [closed]

I was trying to download the Minecraft Alive mod on Blocklauncher Pro but it keeps asking "Is your Kindle rooted?" and I have no idea what that means. What does “rooted” mean, and how do I do it?
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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 “sandbox”?

In the article Bungie 2.2.0, Bungie released information on their upcoming update. The article mentions there will be updates to the Sandbox: Destiny Update 2.2.0 will deploy on April 12th, 2016. ...
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Is there a term for using cover to artificially block AI attacks?

One of the key techniques for playing the original Doom games was to stand with a wall, column, or other terrain feature between the monsters and you, such that your ray-traced bullets passed through, ...