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Why are people who spend a lot of money on video game micro-transactions called "whales"?

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 "...
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What is Stream Sniping?

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 ...
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What does it mean for a game to be a skinner box?

The term 'Skinner Box' in game design discussions refers to one of the key findings of the experiments. Skinner found that the behaviour of the animal could be changed based on how the experiment ...
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What does RTC stand for?

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 ...
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What is "OpenGL" and why did a player get banned for it?

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 ...
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What is "Hammertime" a reference to?

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 ...
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What is "radial blur"?

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 ...
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What is arbitrary code execution (ACE) and how does it affect speedrunning?

Arbitrary Code Execution (ACE) is a glitch that allows the player to cause the instruction pointer to jump to a section of memory that can be written to by the player (such as the filename, the angle ...
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What exactly is a softlock?

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 ...
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What's the terminology for pressing down (inward) on a thumbstick?

Another common term I've heard is clicking (in) the stick, which is less ambiguous than "pressing" or "pushing" with regards to moving the stick in a direction.
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What does the bracketed number mean in longplay titles?

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 ...
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What is CP? Why is it important?

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 ...
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What does the term 'Spot Healing' mean in World of Warcraft?

"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 ...
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What is "bobbing" or "head bob"?

Head bobbing in first person games is swaying the camera up and down as the character walks, to simulate the way a person's body moves up and down while taking steps. When especially prominent, it can ...
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Difference and meaning between "remastered" and "remake"

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 ...
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What is a "G.O.A.T" game?

G.O.A.T. means Greatest Of All Time. It's a general superlative, and not specific to gaming, but IME you'll see it most commonly in marketing for games or music. Dictionary.com suggests it's also ...
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What does AoS mean?

It stands for "Aeon of Strife", which was a really popular map from Starcraft. It had a mission where you rescue someone using only heroes, which was the idea that gave birth to DotA (Defence of the ...
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What does DX mean in remastered games?

When "DX" is used in this context, it is short for "Deluxe". This was confirmed on Zelda.com back when Link's Awakening DX first came out. What does "DX" stand for? DX ...
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Why are people who spend a lot of money on video game micro-transactions called "whales"?

The term originated in casinos, where's high rollers (rich people who play for large stakes) are well-looked after by the casino, in order to ensure that they gamble at their casino instead of some ...
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What's the terminology for pressing down (inward) on a thumbstick?

Sony and Microsoft named the thumbstick click as a button itself: On PS they are commonly known as L3 and R3 (since L1 L2 and R1 R2 are on the back) On Xbox they are commonly known as LS and RS (...
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What defines a JRPG, and how is it different from an RPG?

Extra Credits, a well-known YouTube channel about game design, made a video series about this topic: Western RPGs vs Japanese RPGs - I: What Makes Them Different? Western & Japanese RPGs - II: ...
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What does "Game of the Year" actually mean?

Short answer: If you look hard enough, many games have been called "Game of the Year" by some people and sometimes these people come together and agree on this opinion and declare these ...
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What is ray tracing?

In normal rendering, you have light sources, solid surfaces that are being lit, and ambient light. The brightness of a surface is calculated depending on distance and angle relative to the light ...
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Where did 'Soon™' originate?

Soon™ almost certainly originated from the term "Real Soon Now" that was originally popularized by Jerry Pournelle to describe software with vague release dates in his articles in BYTE magazine. He ...
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What's the difference between "mythical" and "legendary" Pokémon?

In short, Mythical Pokémon are a subset of Legendary Pokémon. A Legendary Pokémon is characterized by its rarity, its inability to spawn offspring of its own evolutionary chain, and its presence in ...
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What does "Game of the Year" actually mean?

GOTY edition simply means that this version of their game is intended to be applicable for a GOTY award - which may mean anything, from fully updated with all patches, enhanced graphics, bundled ...
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Where does the term "dropship" come from?

The term "dropship" was used in the December 1983 issue of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine in the story "Remembering Siri" by Dan Simmons. Page 36: There were only five of ...
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What is an any % speed run in Diablo 2?

While I haven't played Diablo 2, I can tell you any% speedruns are speedruns with the goal of finishing the game as fast as possible, while allowing the player to ignore side content. The percent ...
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What characteristics define the "arcade" genre or style of console games?

I'm going to list some characterizations of many arcade games, and I think if a game has these elements, then it probably qualifies. Core Elements: A game has to have these to qualify as an arcade ...
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