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Gamer Talk – The Unique Language of Gamers

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Gamer Talk – The Unique Language of Gamers

“Get rekt, noob!” – and any variations thereof – you will most likely hear if you’re just starting out with video games and bravely venturing out into the wildreness that is online multiplayer, whether on a PC or a console of your choice. If you want to learn how to “talk like a gamer” or just want to see if there are words or phrases you don’t know, make sure to go through the slightly tongue-in-cheek dictionary below. 🙂

This is by no means a comprehensive list but these are the words that me and my friends have used and still use some to this day. When we were talking about gamer dictionary and gaming jargon, we realized that we use these words without thinking.Without further ado, let’s just jump into it!

AAA / triple A titles –  game titles which have the highest development budgets and massive promotion campaigns. However it does not denote quality. It’s very much similar to the classification of Hollywood movies. Examples of AAA game titles include games such as Asssassin’s Creed, Grand Theft Auto, Final Fantasy, Call of Duty, Mass Effect,…

AFK – short for ‘away from keyboard’. Nowadays not exclusively used just by gamers.

Aggro – when a neutral mob becomes hostile and tries to attack you. Good example is Minecraft’s Zombie Pigman or Enderman (don’t look!).

Aimbot / bot – a cheat that some ‘players’ use as an advantage against others in shooters. Your weapon will automatically aim at another player to achieve eternal fame and best K/D. Or something. In best cases a life-long ban. Do not do this.

Backwards compatibility – the ability to play games for older consoles on the newest ones. Xbox is slowly releasing Xbox 360 games that can now be played on Xbox One without having to buy them again. Old Playstation games are not backwards compatible with Playstation 4. The only way to play PS3 games on PS4 is via paid cloud-based technology.

Boss – A tough enemy usually found at the end of the level or a game. You have to use every skill that you have learned during the previous gameplay.

Camper – a person who sits in one spot for a long time, waiting for other players to find them. I call it ‘tactically hiding’.

Checkpoint – Specific point where the gameplay is auto saved. Usually takes a million tries to get to it.

Cross-platform games – video games that you can play with your friends even if you’re not on the same platform. Some of the more well known cross-platform games include Gears of War 4 (Windows 10 / Xbox One), Ark: Survival Evolved (Windows 10 / Xbox One), Rocket League (Linux / Mac / Xbox One / Steam / PS4). For list of more cross-platform games, check out this wikipedia page.

Rocket League
Rocket League

Deathmatch – a gameplay mode in various shooter games where players fight each other, usually who gets the most kills wins.

DLC – stands for Downloadable Content. Usually a separate side-story to the main game, can also include content like clothes, skins or new guns. Some DLCs can also include the entire plot of the original game. Some cost money, some DLCs are free.

E-sports – a form of competition using video games in multiplayer events. There’s a controversy surrounding the decision to make e-sport an official sport. E-sports games range from shooter games like Battlefield, Overwatch, Halo, Unreal Tournament, sports games like FIFA, Rocket League, to League of Legends and Dota.

FPS / TPSFirst person shooter is a game with the character’s point of view, it’s more immersive. Examples include Battlefield, Call of Duty, Wolfenstein, Doom, Counter Strike, Halo, Overwatch. In third person shooters you can see the character you’re controlling, either where the character is centered or you’re looking over the character’s shoulder. Third person shooters include Resident Evil 4, Gears of War, Tomb Raider, Assassin’s Creed, Dead Space. There are some games where you can switch between these modes, most notably the recent Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds.

Get Rekt / Git Rekt -intentionally misspelled ‘get wrecked’

GG – short for Good Game, usually said after any match, regardless if it was won or lost.

Git gud / get gud – intentionally misspelled ‘get good’, generally said to inexperienced gamers (see ‘noob’ below). Often used together with ‘get rekt’. Someone put it on a t-shirt too.

Griefer / griefing – A player who makes other players’ online gaming experience miserable by trolling, destroying the environment or killing the player (giving them grief). Notable example is Minecraft, where griefers often destroy other people’s houses and other builds.

Minecraft griefer
Minecraft griefer fixing houses with TNT

Grind / mine / farm – doing the same thing over and over again to get skills, experience points or better loot. Can suck the fun out of any game if you overdo it.

HP – The health of a player’s character is often measured by Health or hit points.

HUDHead-up display showing all the necessary information like character’s health, map, chat, weapons, etc.

K/D – kill/death ratio in shooter games. Completely useless statistics if you play games to have fun. Some people can be way too obsessed with this number; they strive to keep it a certain number otherwise they get upset.

Lag – the delay between the player’s action and the server’s response time

Loot / drop – items, currency or experience that can be obtained several ways in game, either by killing enemies, finding treasure or picking stuff off the ground.

MMORPGMassively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game contains a huge online world (usually fantasy or sci-fi related) and a large number of players interacting together. Best known example is World of Warcraft.

Mob / Mobs – refers to computer controlled living entities. It’s short for ‘mobile’.

MP / SPmulti-player/single-player games. These are not mutually exclusive, some games can have both a single-player campaign and online multi-player. Examples include Battlefield, Assassin’s Creed, Minecraft, Rocket League,…

Battlefield 1
Battlefield 1

Nerf – when an item, character or skill is decreased in strength. It’s the opposite of ‘buff’. Nerf is not always bad, despite what the players say. If done correctly, it balances the whole gaming experience.

Noob / n00b – newbie, a person who is not skilled enough yet. Usually used in a derogatory manner. This word has also spread outside the gaming community. Be patient with the noobs, you were one too once!

NPCnon player character. Usually characters which interact with you in game, give you tasks or have information/items you need to further the game.

OP – abbreviation of over-powered. Item, skill or player who deals a lot of damage with minimal effort.

PvEPlayer versus Environment, players fight against computer-controlled enemies. Can be played alone, with AI companions or online with human companions. Some PvE games are Destiny, Borderlands, Gears of War, Payday,…

PvPPlayer versus Player, players fight each other. Examples include Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, Rocket League, Battlefield, Counter Strike, Call of Duty, Mortal Kombat and many others.

Rust
Rust

Pwn / Pwned – typo of the word ‘owned’, used to describe being completely annihilated by an enemy.

Rezz – to ressurect/revive a teammate

RPGRole-Playing Game, where the player decides their character’s actions and choices, there is no linear gameplay. The player’s choices can influence the plot and the ending in various ways. Notable examples include Fallout, Witcher, Skyrim, Deus Ex or Dragon Age.

Rubberbanding – term for when you move your character but due to high latency, it pulls you back where you were before, regardless of the distance you covered. Like me trying to jump from a roof in PUBG only to get pulled back on the roof three times mid-fall.

Spawn – a place where the player (or item) materializes in game (for the first time or after death). Spawns can be centralized or random, in some cases you can set your own spawn. In Minecraft you can spawn back after death in your bed if you’ve previously slept in it. In Rust you can spawn on your sleeping bag.

Spawn camper – if the spawn point is common for all people, some players might like to sit by that point and kill players upon joining the game. This is very frowned upon.

Tagged – player who has been hit. ‘I’ve tagged him two times’ – player got hit two times but is not dead/down yet.

Tank – a player who keeps all enemies focused on themselves, protecting their teammates. Usually has strong armor and good weapons.

TPteleport, one player can teleport to another

WASD – widely used keyboard combination for character movement. W for forward, S for backward and A and D for strafing.

XP – Experience points are part of a loot/drop from killing enemies and bosses, you can use them to level up your skills. In Minecraft you can use XP points to improve your items with various abilities.

Have you used any of this gamer talk before? Are the words a second nature to you? Let me know in the comments below!

2 Comments

  1. Zeds

    Love the camper one “Tactically Hiding” XD

    I’ve also heard one recently “NT” stands for “Nice Try” giving your teammate some credit for having tried. No sarcasm involved here.

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    1. Dana Author

      Oh, that’s interesting, I haven’t heard that one before. I can’t quite see it sticking as much as GG, to me the abbreviated version of NT doesn’t flow as well. What do you think? Would you use it yourself?

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