With the commonplace nature of virtual gaming, you may know more video game buzz words than you even realize.You may even use them frequently, without knowing that you are.With the number of video game systems in existence, there is quite literally something for everyone. However, in order to be considered a “gamer” (a person enthralled in video gaming), you have to be able to speak the lingo.
Gamers have their own language, usually a slang-heavy or abbreviated form of speech (no time for talking, of course) so they can communicate with each other while either playing video games, or simply talking about them with friends. This list is ever-updating, as is the list of existing games and gaming systems. Some video game buzz words you may have heard could be:
One of the reasons for an almost instantaneous rise in the number of video game buzz words is the ever-growing multitude of different video gaming systems. Almost every major electronic company has its own brand or line of gaming system, with Sony being perhaps the most influential brand name in video game culture.
The reason for this is the inception of the Sony brand’s video game console the PlayStation. Since the first PlayStation system was introduced in the mid 1990s, the company has introduced two more PlayStation systems, often referred to as the “PS2” and the “PS3.” This video game console introduced the memory card, allowing players to save the progress they’d made while playing a certain game onto an external electronic “card,” making the gaming experience more fulfilling by allowing video games to be more complex and long-term in nature. The concept was derived from computer-based online gaming systems, however most online computer games don’t require the process of saving progress onto the computer’s memory allotment.
Another brand that has revolutionized the video gaming world is Nintendo. Often referred to as one of the “originals”, the first Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES, was released in the early 1980s, and has since released 4 other game systems- The Super Nintendo, the Nintendo 64, the GameCube, and most recently, the Nintendo Wii.
If you’ve used the excuse “I’d rather go outside and take a walk” to avoid having to play a video game, chances are you’ve never used a “Wii Fit” board. The Nintendo Wii system is an interactive system that uses a number of different wireless controllers to gauge the player’s actions and movements, translating the movements directly into the character in the video game being played. For instance, you can play baseball against your friend, waiting for him to “make the pitch” before you swing the controller like a baseball bat and hit a game-winning home run. On the Wii Fit system, players often stand on a pressure-sensitive balance board and navigate different exercise courses, from ski-jumping to snowball fights.
The next most popular gaming system that is available is known as the X-Box. The newest generation of X-Box is referred to as the X-Box 360 or, “360” if you’re short on time. This gaming system is known for its large allotment of “M.M.O.R.P.G.’s”, or Massive Multiple Player Online Role Playing Games. These games attract “gamers” that wish to play in large groups or teams, often occurring in war-based games such as “Call of Duty”. This series of games alone has its own set of buzz words, which like the industry itself, is ever-changing and constantly being updated by the individuals playing them.
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