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.
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.
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’.