How can I learn video game terms


Ask yourself “what is a noob?” Or “what does gw mean?”. Have you never heard of HF, AFK, gg and FPS sounds like a foreign language to you?

Then you are clearly a noob or a newbie! Noob is used in gamer's language to describe a newcomer, beginner or amateur.

But do not worry, what is not can still be! Because in this article we explain the most important gaming terms and genres to you. You will soon find your way around the gamer chat effortlessly, because gamers' form of communication is less complicated than you might think.

You are wondering what does a language service provider like EHLION have to do with gaming language? We not only offer specialist translations in around 100 languages, but also master gamer slang in our sleep, because games also want to be localized for the international market. That is why we only work with qualified translators who have specialized in this area. Whether it's video game localization or iGaming translation, our translators know their way around and are happy to help.

Gaming abbreviations

Gamers love abbreviations and mostly from English. Because if you communicate with your fellow players in online multiplayer games, you don't have time to write half-novels, after all, the focus is on playing. Over time, chats and voice chats have developed a very unique gamer slang, which is increasingly finding its way into everyday life thanks to the youth language.

We have translated the online gaming slang for you so that you no longer have to ask yourself “what does FTW mean?” And what does HF want to tell me?

Genre - what types of games are there?

Before we turn to the chat language of gamers, let's first take a look at the most popular genres.

FPS - first person shooter games

First-person shooter games are also known as first person shooters in German-speaking countries. As the name suggests, the game is played from the first person perspective. The player mostly only sees the arms of the protagonist and the firearm that he is carrying and with which he fights computer-controlled opponents or other players in a three-dimensional game world.

Known FPS:

  • Call of Duty series
  • Battlefield series
  • Doom
  • Halo series

RPG - role playing games

Computer role-playing games often take place in a fantasy setting, but medieval settings can also be found. In these games, the player embarks on a journey in which he acquires skill points and collects items (e.g. magic potions or ingredients)

RPG are played either from the third-person perspective or from the EGO perspective, then one speaks of FP-RPG.
One speaks of MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) when a large number, often even thousands, of users play in a virtual world.

Well-known RPG:

  • Dark Souls
  • The Wichter series

Strategy games

The player is the builder and builds a city or he is the commander of an army. The goal is, for example, to build a functioning city and defeat the enemy with your army.

Well-known strategy games:

  • Anno series
  • Age of Empires
  • Civilization

Point and Click Adventures

These games were very popular, especially in the early days of computer games. In Point and Click Adventures, the player guides his character through the virtual game world with a click and tries to solve puzzles or find objects.
In the last few years point and click adventures have experienced a revival again.

Well-known point and click adventures:

  • Monkey Island
  • The book of unwritten tales

Gamer slang A to Z

Conclusion - gamers are masters of the abbreviations

If you come into contact with gamer slang for the first time, it may sound like a language from another world at first. Because what is a buff or what does pog mean? But the net jargon is actually not as complicated as it seems at first glance.

Above all else, gamer language is one a hodgepodge of abbreviations and anglicisms. As soon as you know what which abbreviation stands for, the whole thing is no longer that complicated.

And if you don't know what to do, just hit our Gamer Language Lexicon according to which we are here for you Download have provided.

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