The Daily Grind: What once-popular MMORPG terminology has fallen out of use?

    
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Let’s play with words. A while back I saw someone describing the act of MMO banksitting on Twitter without actually using the term. It’s one I remember from way back, but it doesn’t seem to have any traction nowadays, to the point that when I do use it, I often get the text equivalent of bewildered blinks. (In short, it’s just sitting at a bank in an MMO, watching the world go by, usually showing off whatever cool mount or gear or title you have.)

It’s not the only word I never see MMO players use anymore. How about…

  • Muling – the act of using alts as “pack mules” to store your stuff, probably at its height with “bank mules” in World of Warcraft – lowbie alts who did nothing but serve as your auction hall toon.
  • Anti-PK – I suspect modern MMO players would assume this was someone who hated PvP, but in fact it was at one point used specifically for PvP players who preyed only on gankers.
  • Powergamer – This was all the rage in the aughts, but now the idea of putting someone down for being a powergamer seems bizarre now, right? We’re in the age of world firsts with studios happy to mobilize and monetize gaming obsession and achievement and elitism; it’s non-powergamers who are ridiculed.

My suspicion is that some of these words fall out of favor not because they sound old but because the mechanics that prompted their use are no longer common (or in powergamer’s case, too common). What do you need a pack mule for when you can just buy more bank storage? There’s no place for anti-PKs in games with faction-only PvP! But some of it’s probably just game-specific too.

I thought it would be fun to try to compile a big list – I’m hoping some of you know terms I don’t too. What once-popular MMORPG terminology has fallen out of use, and why do you think it’s happened?

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kjempff

From eq:
Papertank – poorly geared
Mana zink – poorly geared and low hp tank, causin healers to overheal to make sure they stay alive.
Squishies – Cloth classes
Body pull – act of aggroing by being near a mob, as opposed to range attack it, this could reduce size of the pull compared to a range attack pull.
Kite – snare a mob and make it follow you while keeping a distance, either used to kill the mob without being hit (for example in healer/tank less groups) or as means of crowd control. Fear-kite also and option, though can be dangerous as crowd control because the mob may run anywhere and alarm more mobs.
Swarmkite – bard pulls 50+ mobs and runs (at bardsong speed) in circles while using low damage aoe songs to slowly kill them; it takes quite awhile but worth it because you can get so many in one pull…right until you get a lagspike and 100 mobs hit you.
Quadkite – wizards/druids kite 4 mobs and use ae spells that can only hit 4 at a time, with or without snaring.
Powerlevelling (PL) – as a high level character put a damage shield and high hp buff on your friend and let them pull a lot of mobs, mobs would die to damage shield when hitting them while you keep them alive with heals, resulting in massive fast kill rate. And variations of that.
Punt – wizard cast transportation spell on other player “Please punt me to bind”.
Taxi – druid/wizards transporting other players around the world, usually for a fee.
Ping Poing aggro – mob going between two players because of aggro changing. Can drive a tank insane when casters sit and get aggro, but can also be applied as a tactic if the pingpong players are far apart (sit/stand)
Cannidance – Shaman uses cannibalize (spell that turns hp into mana) inbetween the server tick (every 6 second). The trick is to sit on server tick to get the extra mana&hp for sitting, while also using cannibalize inbetween = when done right, can give shaman insane mana regen at low-mid levels…obviously you can not also cast other things meanwhile but you can also heal dance using same tactic. Wizards or really any caster can dance to the ticks to maximize their mana regen.
Splitting – act of splitting mobs to get one or fewer mobs in one pull.
Train – to zone..
Ghetto rez – resurrection from a necromancer
Twitch – necromancer transferring man to another chracter, typically a healer with low mana on raid.
Linkdead (LD) – character that lost connection..will stay in game for awhile and can take damage.
Inky=dark elf, hobbit=halfling, fatty=ogre, gnome=food for ogre, ranja=ranger or corpse, treehugger=druid

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kjempff

Kos (kill on sight) – If you are KOS to a npc they will attack you.
Con (consider) – act of checking how a targeted npc considers you, and its relative level to you.
Enrage – some mobs will enrage at 10% life, making them riposte to all attacks. Can be very deadly to anone using melee, therefore they must stop attacking or probably die.

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Scorcher64

DKP – Dragon Kill Points is one I don’t hear anymore. Its a currency loot system originally used by Everquest players. Most modern MMOs have loot systems that makes DKP unnecessary.

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Shadex De'Marr

Ding – to level
Shard – server
Townie – player that never leaves the town

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Scorcher64

I still hear ding, though it’s said mostly at level mile-markers rather than saying it at every level.

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creationguru

For me I never see
Dex-Monkey (old UO term when you had to build your charcter and did not really have a template)
Tank-Mage also from UO when you could armor and cast.

I also don’t hear “glass canon” to much any more as they are all just called mages or squishies.

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Diana Prallon

I think this may be game-specific; a few classes in SWTOR are still described as glass canon… (I mean, squishy is mostly about how much of a beating you can take, in this case, with glass canon being used to very strong DPS classes that can suddenly melt in encounters).
But, yeah

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Scorcher64

I still hear it in WoW a lot.

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Jamie-lee Joseph Bernabe-salazer

Ehh I still hear glass cannon a lot maybe not in MMOs specifically but def still hear it

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cambruin

CC – Crowd Control.

Do today’s MMOs even have this anymore? Hasn’t it all just boiled down to ‘do not stand in red’, out-dps boss, out-heal boss dps?

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Scorcher64

CC abilities are still around. Whether players want to do so… that’s another question.. lol. It’s all “gather everything and AoE” now.

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Skor

TRAIN!!!!!

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0kShr00mer

CHOO CHOO, COMING THROUGH!

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Sorenthaz

Newb
Uber
Pwn
W00t
Any l33t sp34k in general
Threat is one that’s not used as much unless playing Classic WoW, and oftentimes aggro is used more commonly

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Bruno Brito

th4nk g0d th4t p30p1e st0pp3d d01ng th15 5h1t

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Utakata

Loot boxes or “lockboxes” in the hope they’ll go out of vogue soon.

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Robert Mann

Buttpull.

It’s not really common to have to consider where you position your fights so much anymore, so the tank backing up until things went “Hey, nice arse, let’s chat!” and then running for the actual position while everyone else holds off is pretty dead.

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Adam Russell

And of course the face pull where you get smacked down, then get ressed after the group kills it.

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Vaeris

I know one I wouldn’t mind seeing die: toon. Just always irked me, probably because I came from tabletop pencil and paper RPGs where we made “characters”. Never liked it, still don’t.

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Utakata

I personally like “toon”. And happily continue use is in place of the 300 syllable’d “character”. >.<

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Bryan Correll

Filthy toonist.

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Schmidt.Capela

probably because I came from tabletop pencil and paper RPGs where we made “characters”

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Vaeris

Figures. I was never into any of his games. He was aiming for the try hard funny crowd and that just wasn’t me. That’s not to say his stuff wasn’t well made, just not my flavor of gaming.

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Neurotic

Totally agree. It sounds so flippant and belittling of the entire concept and process. It just feels so cringeworthy.