The Gamer Dictionary
By Marisa Demarco
Lost in the forrest of acronyms and shorthand that is gamespeak? You're a n00b. It's OK. The Alibi is here to drop a few linguistic breadcrumbs so you can find your way through the cybertrees. Here's a really, really abridged dictionary of the terms serious gamers use, usually when playing online with other nerds:
AFK: Away from keyboard
BBIAB: Be back in a bit
BFG: Big fucking gun
Bounding box: The area around an enemy you can hit that will cause damage
Camper: A player who stays in one spot with a high-damage weapon and waits for other players to come by—it's not a good thing to be
Cul8r: See you later
FFS: For fuck's sake
GG: Good game
Gib: To shoot something so much it explodes into tablescraps
IMHO: In my humble opinion
Keyboarder: A gamer that doesn't use the mouse
Lag: When your Net connection isn't good and causes stalling or other problems in your game
|337: Leet, as in elite
|3375p34k: Leetspeak—the name given to the language online gamers use while typing
Lumberjack: Someone who knocks campers out of their hiding places with very large weapons
MMORPG: Massive multiplayer online role-playing game (a.k.a. MMO)
n00b: A rookie or newbie.
N/M or NM: Nevermind
Pwned: Like in sports, when you are beaten very badly, you've been owned
Respawn: When a bad guy comes back to life after being killed
r0x0rs: Rock, as in “rock on,” in leetspeak
Splash damage: When you are standing near something that is blown up, and it hurts your player as well
T2YL: Talk to you later
w00t!: This marks excitement
For more, go to caligirl.net, lanwerx.net or urbandictionary.com.
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