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The Blonde's Guide to Gaming Language Pt 2

by: MD Weems ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

The first part of this series dealt with mostly terms that you will hear in game, such as noob. This part will get a bit more in depth with some of the synonyms that gamers use in MMO/MMORPG games.

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    Special Terms

    There are literally thousands of different terms that MMO gamers use constantly and if you have been around any other type of MMO game, then you'll already be familiar with them. In the first part of this series, I explained what some of the normal words meant, like noob and OMG. This part will tell you what some of the terms mean that you see all the time, but are afraid to ask for fear of being labeled a noob. So, to help you out, here are some of the most widely used terms in MMO/MMORPG games:

    AH – Auction House (while other games have different names for their auction, many players – especially those that play WoW – will refer to it as this)

    Buff – Spell that grants a benefit to you or another player

    Debuff – Taking off a spell that is either beneficial or hurtful to you or another player

    AST – Assist

    Add – Additional mob attacking a player near you or someone in your party

    Aggro – When you get too close to a mob so that it attacks you preemptively

    AOE – Area of effect

    CC – Crowd control

    Caster – These are the players that rely on magic spells instead of melee attacks to do damage and kill mobs

    CD – Cool down, or the time between next use of an item or spell

    DoT – Damage over time

    DD – Damage dealer

    Farming – Doing the same action over and over again to get resources or items

    Tank – A character with high defense that hits the mobs first to make them attack them instead of other party members

    Nuker – A character that uses spells to damage mobs

    Mobs – Monsters found around the game

    Toon – The character that you, or another player, creates

    Now, this is not to say that there aren't others, and each different MMO game has it's own set that coincide especially with that game. The longer that you play the game, the more lingo you will understand. But, these are the basic terms that you should know so that you can understand what your job is in a raid or group and so you don't embarrass yourself by asking – even when you really need to know.

The Blonde's Guide to MMO Gaming Language

This series will help those new to the MMO gaming world learn the lingo so that they don't embarass themselves or end up in more trouble than they bargained for.
  1. The Blonde's Guide to MMO Gaming Language – Pt. 1
  2. The Blonde's Guide to Gaming Language Pt 2