If you’ve ever spent any serious time playing video games, you should be able to translate the title. If not, there’s never been a better time to acclimate yourself with the lingo. Since video games are exponentially evolving in line with Moore’s law, they’re positioned to keep pace with computers and become an increasingly important part of society. Although this new lingo didn’t really take hold until the rise of massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG) like Starcraft and World of Warcraft, it has (in a relatively short amount of time) managed to profoundly influence internet and pop culture alike.
The slang involved can be intimidating at first, and gamers themselves can be very unforgiving when it comes to new players (n00bs), but knowing what is going on with these seemingly random assortments of numbers and letters is a good place to start. Add to that a few commonly used phrases and you could become a Beast in no time.
Gamers like to substitute letters with numbers to create some of their most recognizable slang. Though there is an entire 1337 (pronounced “leet” and meaning “elite”) alphabet, the following are the most commonly used:
Video games come in all shapes in sizes, so it’s no surprise that slang in one game can mean something totally different in another. Many games even have their own list of slang words unique to gameplay involved, but the following lingo continually appears in most video games.
|n00b||a new, inexperienced or hated player||Watch out n00b or you’ll get us all killed!|
|1337||an elite player||He’s been playing since the game came out. He’s definitely 1337.|
|PWN3D||defeated in a highly embarrassing way||That n00b just got PWN3D!|
|Aggro||Aggression; being aggressive||Chill out! Don’t be so Aggro.|
|Camp||to hold position||If you get the sniper rifle, the best spot to camp is in the tower.|
|Beast||an awesome player||He’s been playing forever. He’s a Beast!|
|Farming||earning experience or items||I just started playing so I’ll be farming exp. for the next few days.|
|Mule||an alternate game character used for storage||I know I have that item, but it must be on one of my mules.|
|W00t||showing joy or excitement||Just got the best item in the game! w00t w00t!|
|Cheese||cheap strategy||Only a n00b would use cheese like that.|