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Once you start gaming, you’ll realize there’s a lot of jargon, slang, and acronyms floating around that you may have never heard before. You may wonder, are these actual words? Are they speaking Orcish or some other fantasy nerd language? Instead of widely known and easily digestible phrases like “Idk my bff Jill,” you’ll be tasked with deciphering sayings like “DL addons like HealBot and ElvUI,” “watch out for the AoE,” and “that dude got rekt!”. If none of that made sense and you’re already rolling your eyes, then you’re in luck because this article is totally perfect for you.
First, let’s cover ESRB ratings. The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), as its name suggests, rates video games as a means of regulating the industry. You’ll often see a little section on the game’s front cover with its logo and a rating with a letter. This tells you the target audience for said video game. Kid-friendly platformers and the like are usually rated E for Everyone. Violent action games depicting blood and gore, on the other hand, tend to be M (for Mature). Here is a basic breakdown.
With that out of the way, let’s go over game genres. We’ll be skipping things like sports, action, adventure, racing, and fighting because they’re self-explanatory, but we’ll help you figure out all those acronyms you’ve been hearing.
1) 3PS / TPS / OTS
Once you’re finished installing and have gotten into your game, there are going to be a lot of things thrown at you very quickly. If you’re playing a single-player game, you can progress at your own speed and look things over. On the other hand, multiplayer experiences tend to be more hectic, and when you end up Googling things, you’re going to want to have at least some entry-level knowledge.
7) Buff / Debuff
9) CB / OB
13) EXP / XP
17) HUD / UI
18) KDR / KR
3) Feeder / Feeding / Fed
7) GG / BG
8) GG no re
9) Hacks / Hackz / Hax
13) LEET / 1337
14) LFG / LFM / LFP
15) Noob / n00b / newb
17) OOM / OOR
18) OP / Imba
23) Rekt / Owned / Pwned
28) WTB / WTT / WTS
1) Triple-A (AAA)
Games that have a big budget, a lot of backing, and generally get a lot of praise from fans and critics. Your CoDs Battlefields, and such.
Coding error with unintended results. Can be good or bad. Some bugs let you duplicate items, while others can break the game.
“Downloadable Content.” Ranges from small updates like a few new weapons to a full-blown campaign. Sometimes sold in groups as “Season Passes,” which are purchased in expectation of future content rather than after all of it is available.
“Digital Rights Management.” When a game has some form of DRM, that means there is software built into it that is intended to protect it from pirates.
5) Easter Egg
Hidden feature within the game left by a developer that usually takes effort to find. (E.g. Diablo II’s Secret Cow Level.)
“Free to Play.” Refers to games that are free to play and make money off ads, micro-transactions, or other means.
“Local Area Network.” Your home network. Some games will have the option for LAN play, so you can play with whoever’s connected to your home network.
“Pay to Play.” Games that you need to purchase to play. Can also include micro-transactions.
“Pay to Win.” Games with micro-transactions that give buyers an upper hand over regular players. (e.g. the ability to buy stronger weapons, additional stat points, etc.)
“Voice Over IP.” A program that lets you chat with others online. Some games have VOIP built-in. Players may also opt to use alternatives, like Discord, Ventrillo, Mumble, TeamSpeak, etc.
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