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What is a Wombo Combo?

I'd like to know what exactly the term 'Wombo Combo' means. Does it mean something such as using all 5 champion's ultimates at the same time? Is it a term only used in League of Legends? Edit So ...
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What is the term for moving perpendicular to a ranged enemy with physics-based projectiles?

In games where you can dodge a projectile from a ranged opponent by moving out of its way, it's possible to run in a perpendicular or zig-zag fashion to repeatedly dodge shots. Is there a word for ...
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What is V-Sync and when should I enable it? [duplicate]

Most modern 3D games have a graphics option "V-Sync". It's usually an on/off setting. I'd like to understand settings I tweak with, and this one kind of eludes me. What does "V-Sync" mean, and when ...
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What is the difference between a chain and a link?

What is the difference between a chain and a link? I've been working on doing a Ken lp > lp > lp > h srk, but every time I try my hardest to get the 3 lps out and into srk, the srk gets blocked. ...
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Do the enemy that appear in arcade game when running out of time have a canonical name?

Basically, several level-based games "back in the day" had a special kind of enemy appearing when playing the same level for too long. Bubble bubble had Baron von Blubba: Snow Brothers had a similar ...
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What specifically does "Leet" or 1337 mean?

I know this is a dumb question, but what exactly does the term Leet or 1337 mean and where did it originate?
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What does soulbound mean?

Does it mean if I die I get to keep the item? I have no idea what it means, and anytime I ask in chat, everyone tries to trade for some reason. So I found a Large Jester Cloth or something that was ...
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What does "stay free" mean?

I received a message from a player whom I lost to in a match of USF4. He sent the following message through Steam: LowIQGod : you just got bodied son, get BTFO, stay free What does "stay free" ...
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What is the meaning of DLC?

I hear and see in the gaming community this term a lot. Even in questions here in Arqade What does it mean? What are some examples of DLC?
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What does GOAT or 'GOATing' mean?

I've heard this a few times in Guild Wars 2, usually in the context of a PvP or WvW match. Someone will be complaining that There was too much goating in that match or That guy is a ...
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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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Meaning of word 'scrub'

What does the word 'scrub' mean? I have seen friends use it in chat and people use it in public games, but I am still confused about the meaning of it, and the uses.
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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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Term for special usable items?

I'm talking about RPG mechanics, specifically about items which are commonly called powerups in arcade games. Once your character picks up these special usable items, they don't go in the inventory ...
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What is a tier list and how do I have to look at it?

I often hear people talking about a "tier list" and I also kind of often read this term in guides or articles about League. I know that it has something to do with the viability of certain champions ...
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What is the difference between "Beat'em all" vs "Beat'em up"?

I'm not a native English speaker. Could you tell me what us the difference between Beat'em all vs Beat'em up (if any)? ----- EDIT ----- I noticed the terminology of beat'em all doesn't exist in ...
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What do people call spamming saves nowadays?

In the past, there were various derogatory terms for people who would abuse the ability to save the current state and keep retrying until non-deterministic decisions went in their way. What is that ...
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What is Vanilla?

What do people mean with the term "Vanilla"? I see it more and more often. For example, with regard to World of Warcraft: Which Vanilla achievements will be lost with Cataclysm’s release? And ...
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What does "tagging" mean in WvW?

I am now reading some advice about how to level up in WvW with an Elementalist (I like WvW more than PVE). And, in some of the advice (for example here), I found that "tagging" is a good way for an ...
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What does [:3] mean?

In the census menu, in front of each and every kitten there is [:3]. What is this and what does it mean?
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What is an Elite card in Hearthstone?

You can divide Hearthstone cards by mechanics, by class, by type, by set(basic, expert etc...), by rarity etc... But I couldn't find what is an Elite card? For example Leeroy Jenkins is an elite card. ...
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What is the name of the game mechanic in which the player "slides" towards obstacles?

What is the name of the common and oft-reimplemented game mechanics in which the level is a 2D grid consisting of obstancles, and the player can move from their current position in any direction (up, ...
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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 kind of game is Flappy Bird/Swing Copters? [duplicate]

The games Flappy Bird and Swing Copters, both created by Dong Ngyuyen, have very similar play mechanics. Both require the player to navigate a character through gaps in walls, and require very little ...
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What does 'buffer' mean?

Because LK roll is the safest/leaves you with the most time to buffer/do that whatever. https://gaming.stackexchange.com/a/177208/46216   There are three standard ways of pulling off a 360: Perform ...
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What does POI stand for in the context of 7 Days to Die?

So, Alpha 9.1 for 7 Days to Die just hit STEAM. I'm going through the release notes within the changes and fixes they mention POI, such as: Lightly increased chance to find Wilderness POIs in ...
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What is the difference between waveclear and pushing power?

As discussed in the comments of this answer, what is the difference between waveclear and pushing power?
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What does Snowballing mean?

I heard Snowballing in a lot of league of legends gameplay videos and I don't know what it means. For example I hear Renekton can snowball really hard.
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What is the generic term for a 'Collector' gamer?

Is there a word or phrase to describe a player who plays for aesthetics? I'm talking about MMO players mainly, but it's also present in other game types. For example, a player who: Resets his ...
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What does 'kobe' mean?

I have heard the word 'kobe' (pronounced koh-bee) said in gaming videos by VanossGaming, usually just before he gets a throwing knife kill. What does 'kobe' mean?
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How did the term 'buff' originate?

I was interested in learning that the term 'nerf' originated from Nerf gun toys. The opposite of nerf is buff, but I have found no information on the origin of it. In the video game community, how ...
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What is a 'clutch' in competitive gaming? (Not in the car sense)

I have heard this term being used to describe a particular Pokemon in a person's team. It comes out of the competitive scene, although I don't really get what it means. For example, a blog post about ...
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What are Dynamic Shadows?

The other day I was confronted by someone complaining that Watch Dogs does not have dynamic shadows. I thought Watch Dogs looked pretty good, why do you need dynamic shadows? What are dynamic shadows ...
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Toon VS Character VS Sprite [duplicate]

I am hoping this is not a dumb question, but I have looked around and not knowing this is really bugging me. I have heard many people talk about a "Toon" or a "Character", and a few times of a "...
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When does mid / late game phase begins?

I'm not sure if it's late game either by champion level or by the game time. People say "early phase you won't do damage, but you do at mid game" Anyway to refer when do these phases begin?
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What is a free kill in LoL?

I often read or hear that term even if they're referring to some full hp target. I could think that as a kill that has no damage risk at all, but I'm not feeling sure about it.
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What is "quickscoping"?

I often hear people talking about "quickscoping" in the context of First Persion Shooter games. My understanding is that it means looking down the barrel of a sniper rifle quickly in order to get a ...
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What does "Go to town" mean?

I've played Diablo II since release and to me "Go to town" means open town portal, heal, sell items, brag a bit and maybe take a minute to relax. But the other gamers on the net seem to mean something ...
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What's a 2×4 ultra clock?

In this video, the uploaders describe a mechanism to "automate" the mining of trees by filling blocks around and above tree you mine with air, while accelerating the speed at which "random ticks ...
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What is a flaccid grab?

I see balls getting chastised in chat for performing a 'flaccid grab'? To what manoeuvre does this refer?
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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 does TTK mean?

When playing Wildstar I read a lot about TTK on the forums. I assume it has something to do with DPS but what does it actually stand for?
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Rush Deck and Aggro Deck

Lately I have been trying to educate myself in regards to the terminology of Hearthstone. Which leads me to my wish, to try out different types of decks. But on thing that I dont get, is the ...
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Is there such a genre where the main gameplay focuses on writing bots?

What is the name of the genre of game where you don't actually play, but rather you program your own player, using, e.g. a scripting language? I'm not asking for a list. I'm asking for the ...
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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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Need explaination for tag description on servers

While browsing around for servers I faced the server list featuring tags. Some are easy to understand like "pvp". Some other like "anarchy", "dedicated" or "vanilla" means nothing to me. Can anybody ...
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What does "Squelch" mean?

I have an option to Squelch or unsquelch the other player. What does it mean/what does it do?
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What is an 'Invincibility Frame'?

I've seen people talking about invincibility frames or i-frames, for example, Dark Souls 2. What are they and what do they do?
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What does "reboot" mean when talking about latest game releases?

I'm finding this reboot term currently used so often but I'm still uncertain of the meaning. Say for instance, I read recently "Dino Crysis will get a reboot", "Devil May Cry is a reboot". What does ...
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What does AA mean?

Land her 3, then trap with ult and cast 2 for body blocking and spam the aoe of your 3 on AA and watch them die - Reddit's MANJAROWOLF I've seen this abbreviation quite a bit, but Google isn't ...
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