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What is the etymology of the term “Console Wars”?

(After this discussion on Meta, the question has been undeleted.) As we know today, there is a competition between the holy trinity of the console gaming industry (Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft) about ...
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What does Ult mean?

In Smite I have access to several gods. For each god I have used they have 4 abilities. In several guides, the fourth ability is referred to as "ult". For example: Use your ult to stun a group ...
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What is a lane?

I've started playing the game Smite. After playing through the tutorial and a couple of arena matches I have started reading guides for certain gods. One thing that keeps appearing is the term lane, ...
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Is there a term for the “no base building” levels in real-time strategy games?

In a lot of real-time strategy games I've played (Age of Empires II, Warcraft III, and StarCraft II come to mind), some of the levels of the single-player campaign usually involve you controlling a ...
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Is there a term for “sending an ability to cooldown?”

In a lot of games, like LOL and WOW, a used power needs to cool down before it can be used again. Is there a name used for "sending a power to cooldown?"
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What does P.E.K.K.A stand for?

For what does P.E.K.K.A stand in the names of the massive destruction troops "Mini P.E.K.K.A" and "P.E.K.K.A"?
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What does 'epic point' mean?

I have recently started to play SimCity Buildit and have struggled to understand the meaning of epic point. For example, when I build a surfer beach, it says "epic point 2". What does that mean? ...
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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 a Jesus Spot / Room?

In Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2, there are numerous guides that refer to getting to a Jesus Spot or Jesus Room. What exactly is a Jesus Spot/Jesus Room? Why is it called a Jesus Spot/Jesus Room? ...
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How does a game become considered “New IP”?

There are various articles online that state Tom Clancy's The Division is a New IP. The Official Site includes the following: Today, The Division Beta ended and we’re proud to share that more than ...
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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'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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What does “pa more” means in dota2 chatting

These days I hear this from alot of people while they're losing. I initially thought, it's a sarcastic comment to tell someone to play phantom assassin, to showcase their new sets or pick pa even when ...
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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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Are there canon or otherwise widely accepted names for groups of Starcraft 2 units?

Groups of animals have special names: +------------+--------------+ | Animal | Group Name | +------------+--------------+ | alligators | congregation | | iguanas | mess | | owls ...
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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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Why is this corridor in Inferno called “Banana”?

I was watching a recent replay of a CS:GO match. For some reason the casters kept talking about a team "keeping great control of banana". For example at around 19:04 in this ESL video. At first I ...
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Is there a name for the type of video games that encourage to play for short periods of time but regularly?

I'm thinking of games like Animal Crossing, which encourage you to play of short periods of time (like 20 minutes) but regularly, for example everyday, and where playing for hours straight make no ...
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What exactly is the Masamune sword?

The Masamune sword is featured in many games that I've played over the years, from Soul Calibur to Chrono Trigger to Final Fantasy. It's a sword that is usually surrounded with some sort of magical ...
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What is “rubber banding”?

I was playing CS:GO today, and someone on my team who wasn't moving said that he was "rubber banding". I never heard that term before, and I'm not sure what that means. What does "rubber banding" ...
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What is a frame trap, and what is a string?

I've seen many youtubers continue to use both terms but I never really understood what they meant? Can someone please help?
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What do you call the thing that is in between the square brackets in a Minecraft comand?

I want to know what it is called and I would like a list of things (or a link to a list of things) you can do with it. I only know @p[score_name_min=1]. I want to know if there is something like: @p[...
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What's the difference between “Free” versus “Free to Play” on Steam?

On Steam, there are the labels "Free" and "Free to Play" - what is the difference between the two?
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What does it mean to “top deck”?

I see this term getting thrown around a lot in the Hearthstone community and not a lot of context is there to fully understand its' meaning. What does it mean if someone is "topdecking"?
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What's the difference between a “Roguelike” and a “Roguelite” game?

What exactly defines a Roguelike game and what is the difference between them and Roguelite games?
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How do you explain ganking, carrying, farming, etc. to a newcomer?

These terms can only be fully learned after hours of practice, but to give a beginner a feel of these terms when his or her team talks about these, how would you explain these terms in context of DotA ...
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What does “FOW” stand for in Just Cause 3?

It seems to be the long-range weapon Di Ravello's forces have, but I don't remember anyone ever explaining exactly what it is or even what "FOW" stands for. In my head, I've been thinking of it as the ...
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Origin of the name Brahmin in fallout

Brahmin are a caste of religious teachers in Hinduism. Does the FO4 name for cows, Brahmin, have anything to do with this? I was thinking it's possible since Hinduism reveres cows.
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What does tryhard mean exactly?

So, tryhard. I've seen the word used in many contexts, with seemingly different meanings. In some places, it seems to qualify a type of game or game element (specific characters or subsystems) ...
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Is the Age of Empires Series a 4X Game?

I recently encountered the tag 4X when I was on the Steam page for Endless Legend. So I did a bit research and found even on this site following answer in this topic from Kevin Y: According to ...
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Purely fictional message

At the start of some games it says say that: "Anything portrayed in this game is purely fictional and any similarities are completely coincidental" Does that mean every single element of the game? ...
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Why are cheaters called 'modders' in GTA: Online?

Cheat programs are used by players a lot in GTA Online freemode. (Moreover, players reported as cheaters do not seem to be banned/blocked by Rockstar). I can't understand why people (some of them ...
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What is the difference between a (re)skin and a texture?

When searching through mods for TF2, I came across some confusion. Creators used the word "skin" to describe a remake of the default skin for objects, including adding sections (see LED Sentry skin). ...
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What is the expanded form of Adds.

I listen to several Destiny podcasts that use the term "adds" in reference to the little bad guys that try to get you while you are trying to get a boss. But I don't know what that stands for. Any ...
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What is the word for when players give all high level advantages to lvl 1 players?

Say that you start a new character in a online game which has ways to progress (such as leveling up / improving your character) and you're playing it with a friend that knows 100% about the game, but ...
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What game genre do these games fall into?

I have taken an interest in a few games I have found on the internet, such as Fairy Fencer F, Hypderdimension Nuptunia; Rebirth 1 and One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3. I have looked around, but can not ...
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What are dog tag + bow + no kill servers?

When I browse online servers I see many examples of low population servers with a description such as: dog tags no killing or dog tags / bow - no killing When I join and get one kill I ...
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What does PSX/TAS mean?

Typically in speedruns, I see in the title PSX and/or TAS, like a Metal Gear Solid 1 speedrun. What does both PSX and TAS mean?
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What is order of play and how does it work? [duplicate]

I have been an avid (casual) player of hearthstone since its initial release. While I have played my share of games, I have never bothered to delve deeper into the mechanics of the game. After ...
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What is considered a normal car?

Some races are for "normal" cars only. What makes a car "normal"?
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What is 16-bit music called?

So I am a big Nerdcore junkie. Loving video game music and Nerdcore music. As of such, I have a LOT of 8-bit Chiptune music in my iTunes library. But I also have music that would be considered 16-bit, ...
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What is a “rule of right” RPG? (a.k.a. “Oudou RPG”)

I've seen this term applied to Bravely Default, Final Fantasy and other JRPGs, but I haven't been able to find a definition for it.
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What is “Tread Switching” and how can lower ranked players utilize it?

Power treads give +9 to either Strength, Agility, or Intelligence. You can switch between the "active" attribute. When buying them for my hero, the default thing I'd do is set them to my hero's ...
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What are Scripts in League of Legends

I was playing a game not too long ago and our mid player got completely destroyed. He was accusing the other player of scripting. Maybe he was wrong and just a sore loser, but it's not the first time ...
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What is ADS in sniping?

I feel a tad stupid. I play as a sniper in almost any FPS I play, but I recently came across this term (ADS). What does it mean? What is its significance?
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When did 'frags' correlate to 'kills'?

The definition of fragging from the dictionary is: deliberately kill (an unpopular senior officer), typically with a hand grenade. In today's shooter games we see the term frags being thrown out ...
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Why are Hidden Machines so called?

In the Pokémon games, there are certain moves that you teach your Pokémon via a machine that comes in 2 varieties, Technical or Hidden. The Technical Machine comes from the Japanese " わざマシン ", which ...
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What's the genre of game where you have to look after a community that grows in real time?

I remember once playing a game where you had to look after an island of people that had crash landed and they would work and build and grow in real time (i.e. you would have to say "collect wood for ...
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What is “meta” in the context of Guild Wars 2? [duplicate]

Due to the recent update to Guild Wars 2, which has changed the trait system, I've heard lots of people asking "What's the new meta?" and "Meta hasn't been outed yet" In this context, what does "meta"...
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Match 3 sub genre

Most match 3 games allow you to swap two items on a grid allowing you to create groups of three or more items. Dungeon raid allows you to draw a line through three or more similar items to create ...