Saturday, August 7, 2010

Noob on our team, l2play with 1337s!! QQ, gg no re

Obvious to some the title of this entry will be like code and to some it'll make you giggle. Its definitely english but to some and a large percentage of my female readers/females across the world in the information age have no idea what it means. This is an example of the phenomenon known as the Gamer's Language or 1337sp34k (leet speak). This entry is to give people some insight into the Gaming World that has become a culture in our world today.

Btw, the title roughly translates to, "We have a horrible player on our team, learn to play with elite gamers!! Cry cry, good game no rematch".

[an intense match of starcraft 2]

I would classify myself as a gamer. Its like a 3rd unofficial job of mine. Whether it be juking players in dota, attending 4+ hrs of raid time in WoW, or bunker rushing in sc2, no night would be silent on my computer. First off, I would classify gamers into levels:

Leisurely Gamers: People who play once in a while to have fun, spend some free time, play with friends, mostly your regular civilian.
Average Gamers: People who dedicate a certain time to play or take the time to finish the game, level up, get extra items, etc.
Advanced Gamers: People who play everyday as soon as time allow doing the best they can to progress in rank. Also does some background research to improve their play.
Hardcore Gamers: Eat/sleep/games/bathroom. These people most like build their own computers from scratch with the best parts for their particular game. Some even build multiple computers for different games. Does extensive research reading forums, participate in gaming debates, attend leagues/tourneys, and keep up with gaming current events. 

As like any language, theres vocab. This is a list of probably the most common gaming languages found across all platforms.

GG: Good Game. Usually said at the end of a match or level. Can also be used to replace "fml" or "hopelessness" (ie. The power went out so I could not play my new
Pwned/Owned: Used when a player kills another. Can also be used after a diss (ie. your mama so fat ...blah blah...owned)
GL HF DD: Stands for good luck have fun don't die. Glhf is said in the beginning of the match to be polite.
CD Key: The serial number of a game. Your unique CDKey allows you to access multiplayer.
FPS: First Person Shooter games or Frames Per Second (ie. 45 fps = 45 frames per second. The higher the smoother the graphics)
Hack/Hacker/HAXZOR: Basically a hack/cheater.
Kick: To boot a player from the game.
HP/MP/Mana: The basic life/magic points of a character.
Lag: The infamous reaper of gamers. Lag is caused by a weak internet connection, bad weather, or too much graphics for the processor to handle resulting in a momentary freezing of the game. Hated across the whole gaming world. Often used as an excuse for poor performance from the player.
Ladder: A ranking system for guilds and clans or individual players.
Juke: If basketball has the pump fake, gaming has the juke. Same concept of faking a player out or in this case juking a player out. 
Noob/Newb: Supposed to mean a new player but it is almost the f-bomb of the gaming world. Very derogatory towards a player when used as an insult. 
Ping: The latency of a player measured in milliseconds. The lower the ping, the faster the player's character will react in the game to commands.
Pubs: Public game. Can be filled with noobs and QQ'ers.
Pro: Professional. Used often for ppl who think they are awesome. Mostly not. Can be used as adjective. (ie. That juke he did was pro)
Ventrilo: Or vent for short, is a third party software that allows players to talk to each other via headset or computer microphone.
QQ: Makes a crying face. Used to express a complaint (ie. my lag is making me die qq). Can also be used in the form of "qq more" to insult a player who is a noob or complains a lot.
AFK: Away from Keyboard. The player is not currently present.
IRL: In Real Life or simply "RL" for Real Life (ie. Player Sofakingrambo is a RL friend).

There are tons more but these are generally the most common words found in the gaming world. Use these terms on any website, forum, or facebook, gamers across the world will understand and accept you as one of them.

...and believe it or not, gamer's have rules and regulations to play by as well. The following are the 10 Commandments of Gaming:

1) Online gaming is serious business - live or die by it
2) The girlfriend is deadlier than all things in game - choose between owning a player or getting your nuts owned
3) Everyone is either a n!gger or gay - the most commonly used fill-in words. Works for any situation
4) Singing in vent is not allowed in any circumstances - not even if you're the next American idol
5) Lag is the excuse for everything - the pros still pwn with lag
6) Act your age when you play - if you're 10 yrs old don't think you're all tough when you can talk trash behind a computer screen
7) Noobs are scum - we all hate playing with one
8) Hacks are for noobs - you suck if you have to hack to win
9) Trash talking is completely normal - this way even the weakest can feel like the strongest
10) Kill stealing is the single worst crime alive - it tops rape and murder

Gaming has become a culture on its own and it is one of the fastest growing phenomenons out there. Now all of you are considered leisurely gamers because you know whats up with this whole gaming world frenzy. Next time someone pops some gaming language on you, you can actually understand and respond. 

Remember, gl hf irl!

Next post on Cyber Bullies, stay online and don't lag out ;)


Elizabeth Lee said...

i can't believe this is an actual phenomenon...

I am not a writer said...

I will fail my senior year if I buy sc2....