The Daily Grind: Is there MMORPG lingo that you just cannot stand?

In past articles, we’ve coined some MMO terminology neologisms and expressed confusion over obscure MMO slang, but it’s been a while since we talked about the terms we really do not like, the stuff that makes us cringe.

I started thinking about this after a Lifehacker piece that suggested slang like “ROFL” and “LOL” have long since been supplanted by “haha” and “lol,” though there’s apparently a cultural fight between purveyors of those two as some people look at one or the other and flinch in revulsion.

In the MMO world, I have to say I would be thrilled to never see things like “gg,” “carebear,” “gimp,” “dkp” – ironic usage, I suppose, notwithstanding. In fact, there are quite a few terms that I’d say have already begun dying since the early days, like “puller,” “medding,” “creep,” “oom,” “named,” “leech,” “PL,” “bank sitting,” “kiting,” “reds,” and so on.

Plus there’s toon, which I know drives some of you guys crazy.

Is there MMORPG lingo that you just cannot stand?

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AGx-07_162

Tryhard.

What the hell is this? You mash together two words that normally, when separated by a space, are a good thing and turned it into some kind of insult against people that are actually ‘trying hard’ to do something. I don’t know who started this but I hate him less than every idiot after him that continues to use this thing in sentences. I actually saw a writer for The Verge use this thing in an article title. Not only did I refuse to read it but I refuse to visit The Verge ever again in the future.

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mysecretid

Agreed. Leave it to the toxic trolls to twist the idea of players who come in to do their best into something unworthy. Bleah.

Cheers,

Veldan
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Veldan

Two things annoy me a lot:

1) The use of “rape” as a synonym for win, wreck, own, etc. “Dude we totally raped them!” No we didn’t, wtf. I put people on ignore for this before.

2) The use of medical conditions. Prime examples being autism and cancer. Of course there’s also “retard”, but that has been around for so long and become such standard gaming language that I must confess having used it too (though I no longer do, I try to type “idiot” instead). Being a non-native English speaker, I think I even knew the gaming word before I knew what “retard” meant in real life.

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mysecretid

The use of the word “rape” as a synonym for “defeat” or “pwn” is probably my number one hated gaming term, now that you mention it.

Only complete cretins who’ve never known the horror of rape, either themselves, or concerning people they care about, could think that using the word rape as casual gaming lingo was clever or “edgy”.

Like you I put people on ignore for this almost instantly, and I have reported them when the usage has been particularly vile.

Cheers,

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Richard Bartle

Terminology comes and goes, although some lasts longer than others. If you want a comparison with what the phrases in use 25 years ago were, here’s the MUDspeke Dictionary from 1992: http://mud.co.uk/muse/speke.htm . A lot of it is specific to MUD1 and MUD2, but some of it will still be recognisable today.

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Khalith .

“Hardcore” and “casual.”

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Bryan Turner

Since some one already mentioned meta how about Git Gud?

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Rottenrotny

In GW2 everyone’s obsessed with the word ‘meta’.
I wouldn’t be upset if that word went away.

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Bryan Correll

I don’t play GW2, but its players can’t possibly be more obsessed with “playing the meta” than the POE community.

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athiev

It’s double-bad in GW2 because “meta” refers to builds that are dominant in the current meta-game, but also to meta-events and meta-achievements. One might be tempted to say the game has metastasized.

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Oleg Chebeneev

It might be overused, but there is little alternative to this word. Only FoTM, I think

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Mewmew

There is one I couldn’t stand that luckily has fallen out of favor as much as I can tell anyway, and that is “raped”. Using the word “rape” casually as a gaming term for getting dominated always upset me.

And since you brought it up, I can’t stand “Toon” either. Maybe it made sense for The Realm Online in the mid 1990’s but it’s weird and annoying for most games.

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Aaron Biegalski

Must chime in to vote on “toon” being the single most INFURIATING term in MMO history.

One of my more recent hatreds has been “BiS” (Best in Slot) as the go-to term for the old standby “Hey guys, what is the best sword in the game?” Not because there is something wrong with the term or acronym itself, but because in practice it exemplifies the elitist attitude (mostly spread on official forums or Reddit) that anything less than the absolute best is as good as nothing.

As for stuff like “deeps” and “newb” or other variations, I approve of them when used ironically. :P

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mysecretid

BiS sounds like a gaming variation on what’s known as “American Exceptionalism”.

The term is not a criticism of the US; rather, it’s called “American” because that country is where the social phenomenon was first documented.

Basically, as you’ve probably guessed, American Exceptionalism holds that “You’re either Number One, or you’re nothing”. Only winning first-place is worthy, and anything less is treated as if it were a total failure.

Of course, real life doesn’t work this way — and if one only values first place, you lose a lot of effectively-equivalent, or potentially-equivalent quality on a regular basis.

Apologies if you already knew all this, and I agree — BiS is reductive — the answers people give often depend on their opinions, rather than absolute facts.

Cheers,

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Bryan Correll

Well, like about a third of the commenters already said, ‘Toon.’
One that really grinds my gears is ‘deeps.’ Yes, I’ve seen people actually type out ‘deeps’ instead of ‘dps.’ Which makes me think they’ve only heard the term over VOIP and don’t know it’s an acronym. I don’t like the sound of it either, but come on people, why the hell would you actually add extra letters when typing?

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AGx-07_162

The only thing that annoys me more than ‘deeps’ is when people use either (‘deeps, or DPS’) to refer to damage dealing classes. My class isn’t a Damage Per Second class. It’s a Damage DEALING class. What ever happened to DD? I guess having two acronyms was too much and it got mashed into one, whether it makes sense or not.

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Adri

ogog in every other sentence … this is annoying. everything else is more or less okay. But I have to admit that English is not my native tongue and so I mostly deal with the German speaking community and (I guess) we have different abbreviations and invented phrases.