Gaming Terminology Explained

When you have children who love gaming, the terminology and language can be confusing unless you are also a gamer. If you want to know what your kids are talking about when they talk games, here is some gaming terminology explained to help you navigate.

  • Easter Eggs – This term has been around for some time and simply means that the programmers hide features from the gamers and don’t mention them in the marketing of the game. The players know that they’re there and love to search for and find them.
  • Triple AAA -When a game has a big-money backer and has praise from all sides – from gamers to critics of gaming, it’s considered to be Triple-A or Triple AAA. This is a suitable designation because it means the game has widespread appeal.
  • Grinding – This term means what you think it does. You’ve probably heard it when you think of going to work and grinding, meaning working hard. To grind in a game says that you are trying to raise your points or a new level in a game by tackling one aspect of the game to learn more.
  • Glitching – This means what you think it means. When a game has been released too soon (and even if it hasn’t been), it sometimes still has “bugs” in it which cause it to malfunction. This usually leads to your characters’ death or makes it harder to play the game until the bugs are overcome.
  • DLC – This means downloadable content that can be purchased and downloaded from the internet after you purchase the software to play the game. It can be bonus content, or it might be for additional money.
  • Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) ñ This term refers to an online game where you take on a role or character, and you can play with others online.
  • Noob or Noobie – This simply means that someone is a new player without a lot of skill and experience. Usually, they are asking questions that the experienced players like to make fun of online.
  • Pawned – This is a term that means the person who has been pawned (sometimes abbreviated as pwned) or owned has been dominated or beaten very convincingly.

Finally, one way to find out terms used and their meaning is to do a Google search like this: “Name of game terms.” This will enable you to learn the terms precisely for that one game. It’s important if your child is very involved in a game to learn those terms so that you can talk to them about their gaming experiences without being confused. The main thing is to learn the terms, withhold judgment, and try to talk to your child about what it all means to them.

 

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