What do you call it when you receive an additional life in a video game?

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  1. Tonyx35 profile image61
    Tonyx35posted 5 years ago

    What do you call it when you receive an additional life in a video game?

    This is either through getting an item in a level or by scoring enough points during your playthrough of a game.  The different ways I have heard it said:

    Extra Life, Extra Man, Extra Guy, Bonus life,  1up

  2. MPChris profile image75
    MPChrisposted 5 years ago

    I am from the American South East. We always refer to it as one up, or we refer to it "Got some life", but never "got a life, or extra life".

    1. Tonyx35 profile image61
      Tonyx35posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Can't say I've ever heard it that way. Thanks for the response.

  3. slappywalker profile image99
    slappywalkerposted 5 years ago

    We always called it a 1up where I come from. I haven't heard it any other ways.

    1. Tonyx35 profile image61
      Tonyx35posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      This is actually what stuck with me. No matter what game I played.

  4. TNT Husky profile image64
    TNT Huskyposted 5 years ago

    Usually depends on the game. every mario game i simply call them "shrooms" then call the mega mushrooms "red shrooms". sometimes i'll be playing one of the mario games, and suddenly blurt out "Yay shrooms!" when i get one. but in other games, i simply got me a life. very seldom i'll use the term "extra life"

    1. Tonyx35 profile image61
      Tonyx35posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hmm I never thought about shortening Mushrooms to just "Shroom". I did call Fire flowers just "flower" though since, there was only one kind for the longest time.  Now there are at least 3 types of flower power-ups.

  5. NornsMercy profile image60
    NornsMercyposted 5 years ago

    I'm from the south. We say got a "free man"...

    1. Tonyx35 profile image61
      Tonyx35posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Never heard it phrased this way either.  Sounds like something spoken in the  Arcade gaming community.Free man, no need to load that next token.  Thanks for the comment.

    2. NornsMercy profile image60
      NornsMercyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Ooh, I've never thought about why it's called that. Maybe a mystery from my childhood has been solved! D:

  6. CrazedNovelist profile image82
    CrazedNovelistposted 5 years ago

    Those are all acceptable. That sounds like every way any other person would say it.

  7. spweb profile image60
    spwebposted 5 years ago

    o yeahh I remember and i call it 1up(One up).And i heard it first time when i played my first video game that was Mario.

  8. profile image0
    lesliebyarsposted 5 years ago

    I call it getting an extra man. Ever since Atari I have used that terminology.

    1. Tonyx35 profile image61
      Tonyx35posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Most interesting, I only recently heard about the phrase "extra man". Used by people who love to review older "retro" games.

  9. mrpudgy profile image85
    mrpudgyposted 5 years ago

    always called it an extra life. super mario bro's is what comes to mind when you ask this question.

    1. Tonyx35 profile image61
      Tonyx35posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That's exactly what I was thinking of when I came up with the question. That green mushroom or the 100 coins.

  10. JohnGreasyGamer profile image81
    JohnGreasyGamerposted 5 years ago

    Depends on the game, mostly. I often say "extra life" or "life insurance". If it's Spyro I might say Dragonheads; if it's Crash I might say Crashheads; if it's Medievil I refer to it as Bottles or Jars; and if it's Jersey Devil I just call them FFFFUUUUUUU's.

 
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