Gaming Terms
(Abbreviations, Jargon, and Slang)

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Gaming Terms (Abbreviations, Jargon, and Slang)

The online gaming scene has developed its own language. Below are 169 common terms used by gamers. There are hundreds more, and we are adding news ones all the time.

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Video Summarizing GG

To gamers, GG means "Good Game." Here's a short video covering that point.
Yeah, it's a bit lame. We know. However, if you're able to make a better video (with real game play) to explain one of the terms below, then get in touch! We'd love to see an example.
Gaming TermMeaning
1337Elite
1UPAn Extra Life
3PSThird-Person Shooter
4XeXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate
AAABig Budget Game
ADDSEnemy Reinforcements
AFF(Advanced Fighting Fantasy)
AGGROAggravated or Aggravation
AOAdults Only
AODRMAlways On Digital Rights Management
AOEArea of Effect
BALANCEHarmonization of Characteristics
BFBBattle for Battle for Dream Island
BGBad Game
BOABind On Account
BOEBind On Equip
BOSSSignificant Opponent
BOTRobot Player
BTDBloons Tower Defense
BUFFBeneficial Effect
BUGFault or Failure
BUILDArrangement of Items, Skills, Etc.
CAMPINGStaying In One Spot
CBClosed Beta
CCGCollectible Card Game
CDCooldown
CHEESEAn Underhanded Strategy
CLANA Group of Gamers
CODCall of Duty
COPY THATVideo Game
DCDisconnect
DEBUFFHarmful Effect On A Character
DLDownload
DLCDownloadable Content
DMDeadmines or Dire Maul
DPSDamage Per Second
DRMDigital Rights Management
DUNGEONClosed-Off Area
DWDistant Worlds
EEveryone (Game Classification)
E10+Ages 10 and Up
EASTER EGGHidden Feature
ESRBEntertainment Software Rating Board
EXPExperience Points
EZEasy
F2PFree to Play
FCFull Combo
FEDCharacter Who Benefits from a FEEDER
FEEDERPlayer Who Dies Easily in a Game
FFFriendly Fire, Forfeit, Final Fantasy
FOVField of View or Field of Vision
FPSFirst-Person Shooter
FTWFor the Win
GFGood Fight
GFGGood F*cking Game, Good Freaking Game
GGGood Game
GGNOREGood Game No Rematch
GGSGood Games
GLHFGood Luck, Have Fun
GLITCHMinor Fault
GLITCHINGExploiting Minor Faults in Games
GRIEFERBad Faith Player
GRGood Race, Good Round
GRINDINGPerforming Repetitive Tasks
GTAGrand Theft Auto
GTAVCGrand Theft Auto: Vice City
GUILDA Group Of Gamers
HACKSCheating
HACKZCheating
HAXCheating
HeirloomGaming Items
HFHave Fun
HPHealth Points or Hit Points
HUDHeads-Up Display
IDFBIsland Dream for Battle" or "dnalsI maerD roF elttaB
IGIn Game
IGNIn-Game Name & Entertainment Website
IMBAImbalanced
INCIncoming
INDIEIndependent.
IONVideo Game, Video Gaming Company.
KDKills / Deaths
KDRKill-to-Death Ratio
KRKill Ratio
LAGSlow Response
LEETElite
LFGLooking for Group
LFMLooking for More
LFPLooking for Party
LOOTPrize or Treasure
MMature (For Ages 17+)
MANAUnit of Magical Power
METAGAMEGaming the Game
MHMap Hack
MIAMissing In Action
MINECRAFTA Popular Open-World Game
MINECRAFTINGPlaying Minecraft
MKMortal Kombat
MMOMassively Multiplayer Online
MMORPGMassively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing
MOBMobile Game Entity
MOBAMultiplayer Online Battle Arena
MODModification
MPMana Points or Magic Points, Multiplayer
NERFWeaken a Game Feature
NOOBInexperienced or New Person
NPCNon-Player Character
OBOpen Beta
OHKOOne-Hit Knock-Out
OOFInterjection
OOMOut of Mana
OOROut of Resource
OPOver Powered
OTPOne Trick Pony
OTSOver The Shoulder
OTWOn the Way
P2PPeer To Peer, Pay to Play, Pay To Progress
P2WPay to Win, Play To Win
PATCHUpdate to a Computer Program, Game, or App
PINGNetwork Connection Speed
PKPlayer Kill
PLLPermute Last Layer
PNPPlug And Play
PUGPick-Up Group
PVEPlayer vs Environment
PVMPlayer vs Monster
PVPPlayer vs Player
PWN3DOwned or Truly Beaten
PWNDOwned or Truly Beaten
PWNEDOwned or Truly Beaten
PWNTOwned or Truly Beaten
QQCrying Eyes, Quit
QTEQuick-Time Event
RDMRandom Death Match
REZResurrect
ROBLOXOnline Gaming Platform and Game Creation System
ROBUXRoblox Currency
ROLLRandomly Generated Number
RPRating Pending, Role Play
RPGRole-Playing Game
RTSReal-Time Strategy
SALTYUpset or Bitter
SANDBOXOpen-World Game
SIMSimulation Game
SKIt's OK, Spawn Kill
SKINAesthetic Look
SKINAesthetic Look
SMGSub-Machine Gun
SMURFExperienced Player Playing at a Lower Level
SPAWNRegenerate
SPAWN KILLKill an Opponent as They Regenerate
SPAMMERNuisance in an Online Shooter Game
SSShort Stacked, Missing
SWStormwind (World of Warcraft)
TTeen (For Ages 13+)
TAGCharacter Name
TOXICBad Attitude and Behavior
TPTeleport
TPSThird-Person Shooter
UIUser Interface
VCGrand Theft Auto: Vice City, VanCleef
VOIPVoice Over Internet Protocol
WOWWorld of Warcraft
WPWaypoint, Well Played
WTBWant to Buy, Welcome to Bloxburg
WTPWant to Play?
WTSWant to Sell
WTTWant to Trade
WYSWhat's Your Status?
XPExperience Points
XPACExpansion Pack

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