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Video Games Vocabulary

Updated on September 8, 2016

Reduce The Generation Gap

A lot of my fans have nothing to do with video games but they like the way I make the hubs....Ok fair enough. Some of them are parents having kids playing video games and they often are listening to them saying completely unknown words. Moreover let me not forget the people who are looking for a gift (video game)but they find themselves overwhelmed with unknown words.

That's why I am making this lens to help everyone squidooers or not understand all those weird words and help them reduce the distance between the old and new generations. Because whether we like it or not the video games industry has affected or will affect our lives at some point.

When I started playing video games I knew nothing about all those weird words. I didn't even know they existed. Over the years I ve learned more and more and I am still learning.

Lack Of Knowledge Can Make You Look Like A Fool - A funny story

Dragon Age 2
Dragon Age 2

A funny story showing how much ignorant I was and how I made a fool out of myself.

In my profile I say that my good friends gave me a lot of games in the past. This is so true and this story is from that time. It was my 3rd or 4th game or something and actually it was Mech Commander (magnificent game) and one of those friends was trying to help me and him understand what I liked so he could decide what to give me. So after I finished the game he gave me he asks me :

"So you like rpgs, right?"

"No I totally hate rpgs"

"But you have already told me that you liked Mech Commander"

"Oh yeah man it was unbelievable...it was freaking awesome"

"So you like rpgs"

"No man how many times do I have to tell you that I hate them"

"But Mech Commander is an rpg"

"Oh really? Why you didn't say it then?"

"Then I like rpgs... Actually I love them"

And then I felt like a big fool watching him laughing his ass out. Because he was laughing with my ignorance. After that he knew that I knew nothing about genres so he told me a few things to help me clear out what I liked. And to make things right. In reriality Mech Commander isnt an rpg. It is a real time strategy game. BUT people have the tendancy to believe that when a player can equip items on their characters the game is automatically a rpg. In a rpg players assume a role, they make decision, they shape the story of the game etc...

Ok enough of that. In case you want to find yourself in a similar situation, then keep reading.

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RPG - Role Playing Game

Dragon Age 2
Dragon Age 2

In this genre belongs every game where you have to do the following. Complete missions and quests. With every successful completion you get experience points. With enough experience you gain a level. With every level you acquire skill/attribute points and you assign them where ever you want (actually it depends on the profession of your character). One of the best parts of a rpg is that YOU are responsible of the equipment of your character. Your character lives or dies according to those decisions ( appropriate/right skills, attributes, equipment). And of course let me not forget that you have to take some important decisions in the dialogues where those decisions will shape the story of the game and the final outcome will be different. In a real, authentic rpg people have different experiences.

STRATEGY

Shogun 2 Total War
Shogun 2 Total War

A strategy video game emphasizes in skillful thinking and planning to achieve victory. You will have to face strategic, tactical, and sometimes logistical challenges. So be prepared.

RTS - Real Time Strategy

Shogun 2 Total War
Shogun 2 Total War

Is a sub genre of the strategy games where every thing happens in real time. You have to take decisions now and not after 5 or 10 minutes. I believe is simple enough.

TBS - Turn Based Strategy

Shogun 2 Total War
Shogun 2 Total War

Is another sub genre of the strategy games. Players must complete all of their actions within a turn. There is no time limit but sometimes there are restrictions like movement restrictions (how far a unit can travel in a turn). Often turns represent a whole season (spring, summer, etc) or even a year in real time terms.

FPS - First Person Shooter

Mass Effect
Mass Effect

Are the games where the only thing you see are the hands and the weapon of your character. You never see his/her body or face (maybe his feet but that's it). It is like your eyes are the camera. The only thing you do is shoot everything you see. Nothing less nothing more.

TPS - Third Person Shooter

Mass Effect
Mass Effect

These games are almost the same with FPS games but you can see your character. His whole body, what he wears etc. You can see your character form "over the shoulder" or "behind the back" camera. You can also see the area surrounding your character.

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SIM - Simulation

Dungeon Keeper
Dungeon Keeper

Can I have a ONE WAY ticket to hell please? Luckiest demon...bah...enjoy it while it lasts demon......You will see what happens when Psycho gets down there.

A simulation game attempts to replicate real life activities. This could involve anything. From running,cycling,climbing,driving, human relationships, running a business, space flight …..you name it. The most popular games are the vehicle simulation games. This involves cars, bicycles, motorbikes, boats, ships, trucks, trains, helicopters, airplanes even space shuttles. I am not kidding. What ever has wheels, wings, or it can float in the water.

MMO - Massively Multiplayer Online

Conan Online
Conan Online

I believe this is self explanatory. A lot of people from all over the world play in real time and online the same game .

GENRE COMBINATIONS

Now there are also the combinations of those genres.

ACTION RPG

Is a combination of Fps + Rpg OR Tps + Rpg

MMORPG

Is a combination of Mmo + Rpg

MMOFPS or MMOTPS

Is a combination of Mmo + Fps or Mmo + Tps

And lastly there is another combination of the 2 sub strategy genres. You can have a strategy game where at the same time it will be a TBS + RTS......there is no name for that.

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Have you ever heard any of those video game genres?

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Weird Words Used In Games And Around The Internet

The following words (if someone could say they are words) can be found where ever there are a lot of people interacting with each other around the net. Those words can be used or found mostly on online multiplayer video games but also can be used or found in forums or blogs or something similar. They are here for EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.

AKA

Also Known As

FYI

For Your Information

IMO

In My Opinion

IMHO

In My Humble Opinion

GL

Good Luck

GM

Good Morning / Game Master (usually in pen & paper rpgs)

GN

Good Night

GB

Goodbye

HF

Have Fun

BB

Bye bye

CU

See You

CYA

See You

THX

Thanks

TY

Thank You

PLZ

Please

PS

Please

WTH

What The Hell

WTF

What The Fack

SU

Shut Up

STFU

Shut The Fack Up

Video Games Vocabulary
Video Games Vocabulary

OMG

Oh My God

OMFG

Oh My Facking God

PM

Personal Message

RLOF

Rolling Laughing On Floor

FFS

For Facks Sake

POI

Point Of Interest

TYVM

Thank You Very Much

NJ

Nice Job

GG

Good Game

GJ

Good Job

LOL

Laughing Out Loud

LMHO

Laughed My Head Off

LMAO

Laughed My Ass Oou

FTW

For The World

FNOOB

Facking Noob/Newbie

NOOB

Newbie

I left the noob word for last for a reason. The - newbie - word has evolved to something really bad, insulting. When someone calls you a noob he doesn't mean you are just a newbie. No. He means you are the most useless, incompetent, miserable piece of crap someone could ever meet.

You are the person who will ruin a good experience for everybody else. He means you pretend to know it all, seen it all but in reality you know nothing. He means you have wasted everybodys time.

He means you are the worst of everything. It is not just one word. Is a combination of multiple words, bad words and words with negative meaning. I can not describe with words how much I HATE THE word NOOB.

You see, a newbie is eager to learn. A newbie ALWAYS seeks out information on his/her own or he/she asks for directions when he/she doesn't know something. He/she is not shy to ask for that info or guidance in the fear that the others will look down on him/her. A newbie doesn't not pretend he/she knows - seen everything and when he has to apply that knowledge he majestically proves he is a huge bubble. We were all newbies at some point in our lives. The difference is how we handled ourselves.

I mostly talk about games here but the same teachings can be applied to real life situations. Games were invented by humans in order to do something different, to laugh, to have fun, to spice up their boring lives. And in the process to develop their skills, strength and knowledge. There is not always enough time for games. So when someone has limited spare time in his hands and his wants to have some fun by playing a game, he expects to have fun for the whole spare time that he has. No one has the right to ruin his fun time. No one.

Most of the times someone will call you -noob- even if it is his mistake or because he hates his life or because he has no life or because he hates people in general and he can't get along or because he has personal problems and issues (that is not an excuse) or because he thinks it is cool or because he is a big coward and he wants to have the last word by calling you noob and then he sets the ignore function on and you can't reach him. And the list goes on and on and on.

Playing an online game is a huge social challenge for me. By playing a game or interacting with people on the internet someone shows who he/she really is or who would like to be. So for me an online multiplayer game or activity in general is NOT just a game or just an activity. It is a challenge.

In conclusion..Don't you ever be a noob in games or in real life. You can be a newbie many times during your lifetime but do what ever is possible NOT to BE a NOOB.

Mainly when I write on the internet about video games I write about reviews. I have reviews at Hubpages but their most detailed versions, along with video games wallpapers and video games trailers can be found at PsychosGamers .

I really hope this hub was fun and you ve learned something.......You do not have to memorize everything but.... I would be glad If someone could tell me that now he can understand what their kids or friends are saying....and I helped them to do that. !!!

So if you liked it show me your love.....

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      astinax 3 years ago

      Isn't FTW for the win ? anyway, great lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I will visit you again and again

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      efriedman 6 years ago

      This is a well made lens, lots of information for people who are not gamers so they can understand what is being said. Also the abbreviations are helpful for texting. Thx

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Just came by to say hey to my favorite online gamer - have a great day!

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      MasterPsycho 6 years ago from Earth

      @FarmerTom: LOOOL yeah u were overdoing it...justa bit.....i used to play at least 10 hours per day most of the days per week.....it was fun it lasted for 2 years....but i had to get serious as my daddie wouldn't pay my bills for too long.....so now i play one game per month....if i am not too bored to start it...

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      FarmerTom 6 years ago

      Love the way your lens looks and flows. Used to play but don't anymore since my ex-husband emptied an entire room of furniture around me and I didn't notice. (Yes, I was gaming.) He said I never paid any attention to him. Think he was right? O well! Anyway ... thanks for the fun read.

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      I hear my son getting very stressed/obsessed with these games, hope it's a phase.

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      Wish I had this knowledge when I worked in a school! i was lost at what they were saying, but blown away by their knowledge! many parents will love this

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      SquidooEconomy 6 years ago

      so many genres....so many.....good job man...the photos were hilarious......---> " your penis is hanging out of ur armor "........looool how on earth did u come up with that? loool amazing....

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      A perfectly good point! well done

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I;m not a gamer and don't pretend to be but you make a wonderful point hear, as in anything, if you can't speak the language, you just can't fake it. I'm understanding just a little more right now.

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      deyanis 6 years ago from Oz

      What a cool lens, I'm not a gamer but I've heard couple of the abbreviations from my husband / friend without knowing its meaning. The presentation of this lens is excellent and I definitely learned something new now.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This lens is so great and cool for me.. No need to find any dictionary or vocabulary book about video games any more.. You give me and others who don't play game to know the world's games.. Maybe .. I and some people will be addicted with the games.. Maybe :) Have a wonderful time.. Psycho-Gamer :)

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      MasterPsycho 6 years ago from Earth

      @anonymous: lool that's why i ve made this vocabulary lens...to help all the non gamers understand what's going on with all those weird words....thanks for stopping by

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have no idea what you are talking about (I don't play video games) but your lens is cool!

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      Actiongames LM 6 years ago

      RPG's are king!!!, Live to play, play to live, and such.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      I really enjoy your lenses, and appreciate this one especially because I am one of your fans who isn't a gamer -:) Thanks!!

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      All images are showing in this lens. Great lens by the way.

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      Howard 6 years ago from Michigan

      It used to be simple but now there are so many hybrid forms. My favorite types are RPG's and RTS and various combos. Nice lens and I got your comment about my other lens, I made a few changes and when have more time will look at it better. Thanks for the visit and the advice/critique.

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      MasterPsycho 6 years ago from Earth

      @anonymous: A girl playing...sports games????????? That's something i didn't expect.......And it is so freaking awesome.......loool....... :D keep playing.....

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am a game playing woman, and proud of it. My favorite games are Madden NFL, NBA, Boxing, and any other that captures my interest. Video games helps relax me, improves my eye-hand coordination and allows me to be competitive - really like your lens and style! :))

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is great, so often we use these terms without knowing their actual meanings.