The Daily Grind: What’s the silliest gaming terminology you’ve heard recently?

    
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Silly gaming terminology is one of my favorite things to mock around here – I’m a huge fan of Eliot’s ongoing series on gaming terms, some of which have even caught on (“temport” is one I now use all the time!). This week I heard one all-new to me: Triple-I. As in “i.” III. As an adjunct to triple-A or AAA, it’s the triple-A indie, according to developers quoted at Berlin’s Quo Vadis conference by GIbiz. These are games made by smallish teams boasting

“history and experience with AAA games production, and are fed up with not being able to fulfill their creative vision – because of too many cooks in the kitchen. […] Publishers working with them should be a great thing, but sometimes it turns out that it’s not, and they feel restricted… [They] develop games that are maybe smaller in scale, but certainly have that quality that makes it a great game.”

I concede that there’s probably a need for a term for mid-budget, self-published games. But triple-I, guys? What’s the silliest gaming terminology you’ve heard recently?

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flyingltj

e-sports.

Oh no wait, that’s not just silly. It’s much worse than that.

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Anstalt

Triple -i?!?! /facepalm

Triple A has already lost its meaning. It used to mean games that stand above the crowd in terms of overall quality. Now it just means any game that has had a lot of money spent on it, regardless of quality.

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Arktouros

Karma Bomber.

In Black Desert Online if you kill a player at a spot, and they come back to that spot afterwords then that’s considered “bad form” because the player killer now has to lose more karma when they kill you again and suffer from the consequences of their actions. Which is bad. You were beaten and clearly you should know when you’re beaten and the only reason to come back is because you’re a “salty rager” who can’t win so you’re going to “abuse” the karma system by…keep…forcing them…to kill you…to keep forcing them to lose karma.

Yep.

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AGx-07_162

They asked you for the term, not a rant. On your point though, typically, the player killer is the aggressor. He’s the one coming to a spot a weaker player has already claimed and trying to bully them off of it. Why should the weaker guy who was there first concede and just accept being bullied? Player Killer guy could just leave. He doesn’t HAVE TO keep killing the returning, clearly weaker player. He could go somewhere more appropriate to his/her level or just do something else. He chooses to kill his own karma. Why on earth should I feel bad for him?

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Arktouros

What they asked for was a term that we felt was silly gaming terminology.

I then gave an explanation of that term (because not everyone plays BDO), which had you bothered to read my “rant” you’d have understood that blaming the victim for the consequences of their own actions is absolutely absurd.

But hey, thanks for agreeing with my original point? Maybe they are onto something with this salty rager business…

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Vunak

Less about new terms and more about terms that have “evolved” over time to have zero meaning.

I joined a new discord the other day and someone was talking about how WoW is a Sandbox.

Or how being PKed is griefing and ganking when that isn’t anywhere close to what those used to mean. Being ganked was when you were taken down as a solo or duo or group by a larger unit of players. Griefing is when you were spawn camped or generally harassed by player(s) for a long period of time. Now it just means being PKed in general and it’s annoying.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Elf Butts. Comments on MoP containing this term always annoyed me. Its like editors gave this term to people who have nothing to say on topic. So instead of telling something smart they could always drop “Elf Butts” to get into discussion.

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Utakata

/Elf butts

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Rheem Octuris

Elf Butts

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Bryan Correll

I like Elf Butts and I can not lie.

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rafael12104

Beta.

No, wait, hear me out. I was clicking around Twitch a couple of days ago looking for interesting games, occasionally a few good nuggets there, when I stopped dead in my tracks on a live stream. The streamer was calling people “beta” as in stupid or noobs. I cringed, a little, and moved on. A few moments later in a totally unrelated stream with a different host, I heard it again used in the same way. I winced…

“You are so beta, dude!”

Oh please, PLEASE! Don’t let “beta” become a thing.

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Utakata

Beta is sooo passé though. It’s “early access” now! >.>

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rafael12104

LOL! Nicely done. Lol.

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xpsync

“You are so early access, dude!”

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rafael12104

I’m going to use it. Especially if someone calls me Beta. LOL

But how about we shorten it and make it a meme of Electronic Arts too.

“You are so EA, dude.!”

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Loopy

At least it’s not “cuck”

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rafael12104

Oh yeah. I saw that one too. LOL.

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squid

‘Merc’ and ‘post up’ have infiltrated the lexicon of my EQ guild recently. I’m not entirely sure what either of them mean, but a few members use one or both in nearly every sentence.

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Darthbawl

“Emergent Gameplay” Wasn’t this a big thing for a while? Or still is?

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Alyn

uhm-

Dorf?

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deekay_000

dorf should specifically and uniquely be applied to female dwarves in lineage 2.

any other usage is incorrect.

:D

except when referring to fans of blade costar and villain stephen dorf.

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Schmidt.Capela

Also dwarfs from Dwarf Fortress II, as well as any other races inspired by them.

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