Video games glossary is a
separate unit in two parts at the gamerisms site.
inclusion of video gamer jargon was considered essential because
passionate gamerz and the individual video game player influence the
language and culture worldwide.
Let's begin with a brief history,
to include types of players, known as gamers or gamerz, plus game
genres followed by the glossary.
Video game popularity began
with games like Pong and advanced with Intellivision, Atari and
Commodore 64 to Nintendo, Playstation and Xbox releasing new systems
every few years.
Video game player jargon has also come of age with new terms hitting
the internet frequently to include the word gamerz.
gamerisms, it is our intention to offer a comprehensive video games
glossary and to that end, there are 11 articles defining game genres
following this 2-part glossary.
These 10 game genres besides an Intro include fighting, shooting,
adventure-action and war games,
racing, puzzle/board games, educational games, simulation=SIM, sports
videogames plus 12 Poker
Additionally, there are 2 Video Games Quiz plus Video Game Facts-Trivia
report bringing the total to 16
pages dedicated to passionate video gamers or gamerz.
Game Players: video games
are typically referred to as gamers who enjoy video games but may go
long stints without playing and are content to play occasionally or do
not really get into the game.
every day and sometimes all day. These passionate gamerz play
latest and greatest games, have the best equipment and spend a large
portion of their time playing video games.
hardcore video game player label defines gamers who play one game all
the time, are obsessed with it, and have become masters of it as
An example of a game like this is World of Warcraft.
video games glossary term for players of older systems, such as Atari
or Intellivision or the original Nintendo Entertainment
Another concept that the typical retro gamers enjoy is playing ROMs on
their computer, which are games played through a program that emulates
the original system on your computer, either Mac or Windows.
these gamerz are focused on games that either 1) are released overseas
and often in a different language, released prior to the release in the
gamerz country or 2) gamerz who collect and play games that are
exclusive to another country and thus must be imported.
video games glossary term for gamers who play for a
In recent years, professional organizations for enthusiastic video game
players have taken off and become big business. Gamerz who
for money and as a career in some cases are referred to as cyber
to gamers who only play sport related titles. Most sports
corresponding video game today. From baseball to soccer to
paintball, all sports are represented. The growing popularity
ease of access to online play has propelled the sports gamer industry
to a new level. It is now possible for a video game player to
connect with people from around the world. Sports gamerz find this
especially challenging since they can test their skills one on one with
gamers on another continent.
Genres: video games
general, these are the main game genres: fighting, war, shooting also
known as first person shooter, racing, sports and educational games.
Educational games include puzzle, quiz, logic, strategy and math game
titles. Action-adventure and/or role-playing games=RPG are two phrases
that cover the majority of game titles.
Within these game genres are titles that offer these features to a
video game player:
simulations=SIM, role-playing game=RPG, first person shooter=FPS or
Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game=MMORPG.
Links to the game genres introduction page plus ten genre-specific
review articles are at the bottom of this glossary.
Video Games Glossary: A-B
Video Games Glossary: C
- l33t: gamerz
speak=leet, is an abbreviation for elite
meaning a powerful video game player.
- A Game:
first of 3 game ratings. This is a fair to good
- AA Game:
middle rating, known as a Double A Game or Double
A Title video game.
- AAA Game:
term for a Triple A Game or Triple A Title video
game. The best rating. Additional ratings are from fair to worse at B,
C, D, and F
Adventure Game: generally played by one video game player
or a few
players, against the intelligence=AI to complete quests or beat the
a branch of computer science related to teaching computers to think and
act like humans=artificial intelligence. In computer games, AI
techniques are used to find shortest paths through complex situations,
anticipate a gamerz moves and fight like a human opponent, adapting
quickly for each move.
- Analogue Stick: Although
take it for granted today, the analogue stick on a controller first hit
the mainstream with the Nintendo 64 controller. It is now a basic
feature and a standard in any video games glossary.
- Auto Aim: game play
procedure where the Ai of the game will assist you in aiming. This is
most commonly seen in third person shooters although it is in other
video games as well. The aiming square, circle, etc. will automatically
go over your nearest target.
- Auto Save: a common
feature of many video games in the modern era, it is the technique of
automatically saving your game. Usually, should you go through a
certain check point, the game will save. Most games that have this
feature will warn you before you start. This is done in order that you
do not turn off your console while the game is auto saving.
- Back Tracking: when a
game forces you to back track over an area that you have already
passed. This is common in many adventure games. Generally, you will
back track through an area in order to take back an item.
the major antagonist related to the game title.
His/her death is generally the goal of the game.
- Bug: game
Games Glossary D – Z follows
game play style
wherein the player decides to sit in a particular area of a game due to
the regen rate of creatures or to continually rekill respawning player
characters at their point of origin.
- CD Rom: the media of
choice for many game consoles is the Sega CD, Sony Playstation and Sega
Saturn in the mid 90’s.
- Cartridge: was the way
that games were played for the most part until the mid 90’s.
Tag: In many games, a group of gamers who play
together on a regular
basis, or who are at the same skill level will create a clan.
This group usually plays team games or games where being familiar with
each other’s playing style, will be beneficial to the outcome of the
programming that permits game play.
video games glossary term for hardware device used to play games.
Consoles perform as a camera when connected to a TV via the Vectrex.
device used to play video games to include a D-Pad=direction pad along
with start and select buttons. Wii remote is another example with
jargon for unique game action when
the video game player performs a quick movement utilizing several
controller buttons. Also referred to as a combo move.
jargon for group of gamerz with the same goal of
battling the AI.
- Crash: malfunction
of the game, console or online server
resulting in loss of further game play. Bummer to the nth degree.
Also, gamerisms suggests these 11 links to video game genres
10 genres are:
person shooter games
Game Software Reviews
Game Genres Quiz