TO BE ON YOUR BEST GAME, YOU MUST TALK THE GAME.

Gaming Lingo Decoded: 12 Words Of The Videogame Generation


Published on January 27, 2024


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As with every group, gamers have their linguistic codes. Words, terms, and expressions derived from their realm are used to describe specific phenomena and situations that don’t arise in other scenarios.

A fusion of technical jargon, slang, and acronyms, serves as the linguistic backbone of virtual landscapes, shaping the way enthusiasts communicate, strategize, and celebrate victories. From classics like "Respawn" and "RPG" to contemporary gems like "aimbot" and "chiptune," each term encapsulates a unique facet of the gaming experience.

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Abandonware

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"Abandonware" is a term that describes software, typically games, that has been discontinued by its developers and publishers. These are titles that have been left behind, often due to shifting industry priorities or the march of technological progress. Yet, for enthusiasts, they are a cherished part of gaming history.

This word not only defines a specific category of games but also embodies the sentiment of rediscovery and preservation within the gaming community, where players actively work to keep these abandoned gems alive through emulation and digital archives.

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Achievement Hunter

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"Achievement hunter" designates a player on a relentless quest to unlock every in-game achievement, badge, or trophy available. Beyond merely completing a game's storyline, these dedicated individuals push their skills to the limit to conquer challenges, discover hidden secrets, and showcase their prowess.

The term reflects a subculture within the gaming community, where virtual bragging rights are earned through the accumulation of these digital accolades. For an achievement hunter, a game isn't just a narrative to experience; it's a comprehensive battlefield where every challenge conquered is a badge of honor, a mark of dedication, and a testament to their dominance in the gaming realm.

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Action Role-Playing Game (ARPG)

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"Action Role-Playing Game" (ARPG) describes a dynamic genre that combines narrative depth with real-time combat. ARPGs, distinguished by their emphasis on player-driven stories, character customization, and immediate engagement, invite players into immersive worlds.

These games blend the decision-making quality of traditional role-playing games with the more active elements of action games. As the genre continues to evolve, the freedom to shape characters, embark on epic quests, and confront enemies in fast-paced encounters grows and becomes more complex by the day.

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Aimbot

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An "aimbot" is a software or program designed to enhance a player's accuracy in shooting games, automating the aiming process and often providing an unfair advantage. While some view it as a tool for leveling the playing field, others decry its usage as a form of cheating that undermines the spirit of fair competition.

The term has become emblematic of the ethics in gaming, illustrating the fine line between skill enhancement and compromising the integrity of the gaming experience. In this lexicon, "aimbot" works as a symbol of the ongoing tension between innovation and the preservation of fair play within the gaming community.

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Boss

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Typically encountered at the culmination of a game level or stage, a "boss" is a powerful, often larger-than-life enemy designed to test a player's skills, strategy, and perseverance. Beyond its literal meaning, "boss" has evolved into a colloquial expression within gamer lingo, signifying any significant challenge or obstacle that demands a heightened level of effort to overcome.

Whether facing mythical creatures, futuristic warlords, or clever masterminds, the concept of the boss is a central and revered element in the immersive worlds gamers navigate and conquer.

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Chiptune

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Coming from the combination of "chip" and "tune" this term refers to a genre of music created using the sound chips of vintage gaming consoles and computers. Characterized by its distinctive 8-bit and 16-bit tones, chiptune recreates the sonic landscape of retro games.

As much a cultural phenomenon as a musical genre, chiptune embodies the enduring love for vintage gaming, illustrating how the technology limitations of the past gave birth to an art form that continues to captivate modern gamers and musicians alike.

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Respawn

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In the lexicon of gaming, "respawn" is a digital reincarnation. When a player's character meets an untimely demise, "respawn" triggers the virtual rebirth, allowing them to rejoin the action and resume their quest.

When used correctly, this concept goes beyond a mere mechanic, symbolizing resilience, learning from setbacks, and the unyielding determination to conquer challenges.

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Skin

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Whether enhancing the aesthetic appeal or showcasing a player's unique style, "skins" have become a cornerstone of modern gaming culture. These digital adornments, often available through in-game purchases or rewards, allow players to express individuality in the vast online landscapes they inhabit.

From elaborate armor variations to quirky character outfits, the term "skin" is a tool to express the visual identity and creative flair that players wield as they navigate the diverse realms of video games.

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Third-Person Shooter (TPS)

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A self-describing term, "Third-Person Shooter" (TPS) provides players with a unique perspective on the virtual battleground. Unlike First-Person Shooters, TPS places the camera behind the character, offering a broader view of the gaming environment.

This distinctive gameplay style immerses players in the action while also providing a comprehensive view of their avatar's movements and surroundings. The term "Third-Person Shooter" is showcased in titles that combine strategic gunplay with dynamic storytelling, creating an engaging fusion of action and narrative.

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AFK

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Stemming from "Away From Keyboard" this term communicates a player's temporary absence from the game or activity. Whether taking a quick break or addressing real-life matters, going AFK is a common practice.

Saying you're AFK is a polite gesture, alerting teammates to your momentary absence and contributing to a good gaming environment.

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Sandbox

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Within the world of gamers, "sandbox" denotes a genre and a style of play that transcends traditional constraints, offering players a virtual realm where creativity and exploration reign supreme.

A gaming "sandbox" provides an open-world environment where players can shape the narrative, mold the landscape, and define their unique adventures. This term has become emblematic of games that prioritize player agency, like Fortnite , GTA , and many others, granting them the freedom to influence the game world's development.

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GG

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Fostering a courteous environment is paramount to any virtual community and, as we have seen, the gaming world is no stranger to this. In the succinct language of gamers, "GG" stands as a universally recognized expression that transcends its brevity. Derived from "Good Game," this term is a digital handshake, exchanged after a match to convey sportsmanship, respect, and acknowledgment of a well-played game.

More than a mere courtesy, "GG" replicates the essence of fair play and camaraderie within the gaming community. Whether typed in victory or defeat, it symbolizes the shared experience of competition, creating a virtual space where players connect through the unspoken language of sportsmanship.


NICKNAMES ARE FOREVER

10 Nicknames That Stuck


Published on January 27, 2024


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Anyone can cope with the common garden variety of nicknames; you probably know plenty of Jimmies, Betties, or Freddies. But try going through life being known as Hairy Pants , The Sluggard, or maybe even Turd Blossom . While a few are endearing and kind, some of these nicknames are appalling enough to become the stuff of legends and transcend the very individuals who endured them in their lifetimes. Suddenly, being called just Bob doesn’t sound so bad, right?

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Babe Ruth

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Probably the most famous nickname in baseball history, George Ruth’s "Babe" was a consequence of his young age when he began playing . Over the years he was given many other bynames, like Bambino, The Sultan of Swat, The Big Bam, and Jidge, among others. But none stuck quite like Babe. And the fact that his name is inscribed in golden lettering in the history of baseball almost like none other helps perpetuate the legend.

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Buffalo Bill

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Although most people know him by that name, Buffalo Bill wasn't always named like that. In fact, his real name was William Frederick Cody and he was an American soldier, bison hunter, and showman.

The nickname Buffalo Bill was received by William after the American Civil War when he had a contract to supply Kansas Pacific Railroad workers with buffalo (American bison) meat. Cody himself is supposed to have killed 4,282 bison in eighteen months in 1867 and 1868. More than enough to earn him his nickname.

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Ragnar Hairy Pants

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Ragnar Lodbrok –yes, the same one from the TV show ** Vikings ** was a Danish King of the 9th Century. He was known as Ragnar Hairy Breeches (or Pants), allegedly because of the pair he wore when slaying a mythological dragon.

While the aforementioned dragon bit might not be quite real, Ragnar was indeed quite a hairy character, terrorizing England and France with raids that even reached Paris. Eventually, he met his end in Northumbria, where he was thrown into a pit of snakes.

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Louis The Sluggard

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Known in his native French as Louis Le Faineant, King Louis V was, to put it mildly, a very slow-paced and ineffective individual. Raised by his father to become king from an early age, Louis was married at fifteen to the forty-year-old Adelaide-Blanche of Anjou for dynastic purposes but was left by his wife two years later without having consummated the marriage.

He died at the tender age of twenty in a hunting accident, effectively ending the Carolingian dynasty.

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Karl "Turd Blossom" Rove

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As nasty as it sounds, a "turd blossom" is a flower that grows from dung, which could be interpreted as a kind of compliment –albeit a very strange one– when given to someone as a nickname.

Karl Rove was George W. Bush’s political advisor, and perhaps he was good at coming up with valuable ideas in dire situations because his moniker was given to him by Bush himself, for reasons we dare not ask. His time in the White House was longer than the life span of his namesake flower because he also worked as an advisor under President Donald Trump.

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Yvaylo The Cabbage

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As far as Bulgarian emperors go, Ivaylo wasn’t a very impressive one. He was toppled and replaced quickly, but not before being mocked by the local nobles with a less-than-savory epithet for a king, in the form of "The Cabbage".

His origins as a humble pig farmer might have had something to do with Yvaylo’s nickname, which ungratefully stuck despite his success battling the Byzantines and the Mongols in favor of his country. Tough times for a king, indeed.

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John-George Beer-Jug

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Cases of politicians failing to meet the expectations are nothing new. Such was the case for John-George, an Elector of Saxony who chose to spend a big chunk of the Thirty-Year War in the local pub drinking beer instead of fighting for his country. His neighbors, less than impressed by his deeds, named him Beer-Jug. Apparently, there was consensus on the matter, because the name stuck.

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The Little Corporal

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When discussing Napoleon Bonaparte, his stature is one of the first things to be brought up. While the French Emperor was known for his many feats, being a tall individual was not one of them. However, Napoleon was 5′ 6″, making him of average height.

Napoleon was affectionately known as Le Petit Caporal by his soldiers, because of his down-to-earth and educated manners toward his troops. When translated into English, the nickname became The Little Corporal, which gave birth to the myth of his short stature.

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Dwight "Ike" Isenhower

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American President and military officer Dwight D. Eisenhower was known as "Ike" throughout his life. His nickname was intended as an abbreviation of his last name and he shared it with all his six brothers, who were known as "Big Ike", "Little Ike" (this was Dwight), etc.

The nickname followed the President-to-be up to the West Point Military Academy, where the "Little" part of his nickname was dropped in favor of simply "Ike".

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Kevin "The Fire" Burns

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Sometimes, a nickname is intended to fit the surname with amusing results. Such is the case of the UFC fighter, Kevin "The Fire" Burns.

While his exploits in the sport are not particularly impressive and his six-year MMA run was quite short, ending his career with a 12-7 record, one has to agree that the man has a funny byname. Maybe not as menacing as it was meant to be in the first place , but still memorable. May the fire burn long in the gloves of Mr. Burns!

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