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Gaming Terminology

Have you ever been playing an online game and had no idea what everyone was talking about? If yes, this may be of use to you. If not… hopefully, this helps anyway. Here is some common gaming terminology to help you understand what everyone is saying.

Common terms

So to get you started on this, here are a few common phrases that will help you understand what everyone is trying to say…

Easter egg – A secret hidden within a game by developers.

Triple-A or AAA – When a game is described as “AAA” it means it has a high budget and created by a major studio

Achievement – when a player completes specific tasks the game will reward them with an achievement trophy

Noob – To be called a noob means that you have the gaming skill of a new player (it’s an insult)

Clan – A clan is a group of gamers together in a game. Just think of it as an online gang

Spawn – The starting point for a character

Nerf The deliberate weakening of a character, weapon or tool so it is balanced with other characters, weapons and tools

Hacker – A player that has broken into the game and changed or manipulated it

Griefer  somebody that deliberately trolls or harasses other players

Open Beta – A pre-release version of a game that is opened to users to play before it is released to test features and functionality

Open-world – When a game has a huge map to explore and storylines’ narratives are designed to be non-linear

Bug A broken part of a game

Killstreak when multiple kills are made during one life in the game


Lb+Y – Used in FIFA to Lb+y or LbY is to play a through ball over the top of the defence.

Cheese – A way for players to win a game that developers did not foresee.

Alpha, Bravo or Charlie – Flags A, B or C.

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These are quite popular in games as it makes ordinarily long sentences easier to type.

AFK – Away From Keyboard

NPC – Non-Playable Character

IRL – In Real Life

GG – Good Game

FPS – First Person Shooter

MOBA – Multiplayer online battle arena

MMO – Massively Multiplayer Online

BR – Battle Royale

OP – Over-Powered

WP – Well played

EXP – Experience Points

GLHF – Good luck, have fun

RI know, I know, this is basically like learning a new language. We’ll do one more. Sound good? Here are a few common words you can use to communicate with your gaming friends.

Hopefully, you’ve learned something from this and can now understand what everyone’s talking about or at least have a better understanding of some ‘cyber-slang’.

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