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Highly non-technical answer: I would say they are effectively interchangeable, though there tends to be a nuance in the way they are used: The word bug is usually used when an intended game state is not achievable, due to an unforeseen issue in the game's code. i.e., you are unable to complete a level (or a boss doesn't spawn, etc.) due to an error in the ...


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The term "Whale" is borrowed from the casino industry, where it is used to describe a rich gambler who bets extraordinarily large amounts of money. Just like in the game industry, casinos want to "catch" the most high-betting whales, because they provide a lot of income for comparably little expense. Casinos often go out of their way to form personal ...


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Stream sniping means watching a player's stream with the intention of queueing for a game at the same time as them in order to be matched with them, either on their side or against them. In the case of the video linked in the question, the sniper is trying to join the streamer's team in order to "throw", or lose the game on purpose, with the objective of ...


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I don't see one answer with sources so far, although perhaps that will change after I post this. In General Glitch and Bug are essentially synonymous, but some groups will draw different, subtle differences depending on context. The most common theme among these differences is that glitches are sudden, or temporary, and the most common manifestation of ...


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A roguelite is not-quite-a-roguelike. It's a fuzzy definition, but it's a starting place. (I've also heard the term roguelikelike.) Back in 2008, some guys at the International Roguelike Development Conference 2008 in Berlin were annoyed about how some games were claiming to be roguelikes, but they weren't enough like Rogue. So they nailed down a fairly-...


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The key distinction is that a Bot represents an automated player; an NPC, by contrast, isn't playing the game at all. In general, an NPC is a part of the game; a placed object which is designed by the creator and exists to interact with the player. Examples would include vendors, quest givers, or enemies. In some games, (particularly RPG's), the term is ...


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"Free" means the game is free. 100% free with no charge to play it. "Free to play" means the base game is free and you can play for free but some content will be available that require micro-transactions or other form of payment to get hold of. As mentioned on the Steam Support article for "Free to play" games: Free to play games are available to ...


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RTC is indeed short for "Real Time Clock." What this indicates in terms of flash cartridges is a bit more complex. Some games shipped with an internal clock chip that kept track of the time even when the system was powered off. They used this to measure actual, real world time for certain in-game events. Pokemon games in particular made heavy use of cart-...


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OpenGL, or Open Graphics Library is a programming interface that games use nowadays. It is essentially a library of code that is used by developers to create software utilizing graphics, which nowadays, is essentially nearly everything. Examples of other Graphics Libraries are .NET's System.Drawing namespace, Qt and DirectX; the one used and made by ...


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Vanilla usually means the base game, without any modifications or in WoW's case DLC's/Expansion packs.


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V-Sync is short for "Vertical Synchronization"; its only purpose is to avoid screen tearing in games. What is screen tearing? Image by Vanessaezekowitz, via Wikimedia Commons. Used under the CC-By-SA 3.0 license. Screen tearing happens, because your GPU sends a frame to your screen when the latter hasn't yet finished displaying its previous frame. You are ...


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From the status effect wikia page, the effect of Knockdown is: Cannot Move or Act You have the reference right. It is a reference to the song "Can't Touch This" by M.C. Hammer, as the lyric directly preceding "Hammertime" is "Stop!". Since the effect of Knockdown is the inability to move, you're effectively stopped from moving. Hammertime!


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Note that this list is not exhaustive. A more complete list can be found on the wiki. AD - Attack Damage - The stat that directly affects auto-attack damage. It will also increase the damage of physical spells. Physical spells will have an orange (+ #) to show how much extra damage you get from your AD. AP - Ability Power - This stat only works on ...


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There are several terms to cover the behaviors you are asking about. Giving Powerful Items = Twinking Some of the behavior you are describing is called twinking. In role-playing video games, particularly MMORPGs, twinking refers to outfitting a new character or player with items or other resources that are not normally available to new or low-level ...


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The name Masamune doesn't reference an actual sword, but a legendary sword smith called Gorō Nyūdō Masamune. (Altough, his name is also attached to his swords, like Honjo Masamune, Fudo Masamune, Hōchō Masamune and Kotegiri Masamune.) And for this to make sense, you need to understand that Masamune isn't regarded only a great swordsmith, but the great ...


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FEAR strategy is probably not a great choice for a normal playthrough of the game. It means: Focus Sash, Endeavor, Quick Attack, Rattata. The pokemon doesn't have to be a Rattata, but Rattata makes a good choice. You'd make sure that your level 1 Rattata (or other pokemon who can learn this moveset) has a Focus Sash equipped. On your first turn of battle, ...


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AFK is an acronym for "away from keyboard". It's commonly used in multiplayer games and chat rooms to let other players know that you will be unavailable for a short time (away from keyboard), or to quickly explain an idle period.


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The existing answers are good, but I want to offer a more in-depth explanation of what radial blur is and where it's used. Radial blur is a particular kind of blurring effect that originates at a single point within an image and blurs outwards (or inwards) from (or to) the point. The word 'radial' itself actually means "Arranged like rays that radiate from, ...


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Replay value is simply a generic term for "What could motivate people to play the game again after playing through it once?" Neither the time to play through or the graphics have anything to do with that. Examples for factors that add to replay value: Branching story where players might play again to experience the other branches. Extensive character ...


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Squelching mutes the other players emotes on your end. Traditionally Squelch is used in two way radio operation and is used to cut off an incoming signal if the strength drops below a certain level. In gaming terms it often refers to cutting off all communications from another player.


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I'm one of the admins for World of Longplays / www.longplays.org. We are kind of a Video Game Museum documenting games The number in the bracket is an ever increasing number that gets assigned to each longplay that is done for a specific system! For example: Amiga 500 Longplay [001] Another World <- the 1st Amiga 500 longplay Amiga 500 Longplay [...


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Quickscoping is older than the Call of Duty series, but it's a bigger problem in that game than elsewhere. The literal definition of quickscoping is exactly what you'd think - aiming down the sights of a sniper rifle for a short period before firing. This is in contrast to "hard scoping" where you spend most of your time aimed down the sights and lining up ...


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In a nutshell, the F.E.A.R strategy uses a low-level Pokemon to take advantage of the move Endeavor, which lowers an opposing Pokemon's health to your current health. Couple this with a way to survive One-Hit KOs (OHKOs) such as the item Focus Sash, and a way to deal the small amount of damage needed (a Priority move such as Quick Attack, Poison/Weather ...


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CP is an abbreviation for Combat Power. It is an aggregate statistic that represents how powerful any specific Pokemon is, based on their IVs (Stamina, Attack, and Defense) and their current Level. It is a safe (general) assumption that a Pokemon with a higher CP will tend to fare better in battle than one with a lower CP. If two Pokemon of the same species,...


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This is known as the killfeed. This term has been widely used throughout many different multiplayer games, including old ones such as Quake, Counter-Strike, Starsiege's Tribes, etc. For the etymology of the word the origin is unknown but it has likely started off with Quake/Quake II. Some examples of killfeed from the games you have mentioned: From Giant ...


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Although it seems like the terms are often used interchangeably within the industry and marketing, there IS a technical difference between the terms: A remake typically shares very little of the original assets and code with the original game, distinguishing it from an "enhanced port", partial remake, or remastering. source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...


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"Spot healing" just means healing whoever needs healing at the time. Typically healers have a specific assignment such as tank healing or raid healing, in order to prevent overlap and to make sure that everyone who needs healing can get it. Spot healing can refer to a raid healer who puts some heals on the tank during an emergency, or who uses a single ...


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A softlock is an instance where game remains in a playable state, but progressing further or past a certain point becomes impossible. It's an event that can happen to speedrunners where triggers and events are hit out of order, causing the games script to break completely, thus causing the progression breaker. Contrast this with a hardlock, which locks up ...


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