The Ultimate Video Game and System Buyer's Guide: Lingo

The Ultimate Video Game and System Buyer's Guide | Consoles and Handhelds | Video Games Galore | Understanding Video Game Ratings | Talk the Talk: Gaming Lingo

Gamers speak their own language. It's been developing for decades as the gaming community has gotten bigger and more defined.

If you've ever heard someone gush over a game's "co-op" mode, or complaining that their girlfriend cost them a "frag," this video game lingo cheat sheet is for you.

A.I. (Artificial Intelligence): This is the intelligence of a character or vehicle controlled by the computer -- an NPC or non-player character. In a racing game for example, the artificial intelligence of the cars the player is racing against, gives them the ability to try and beat the player by racing better or more aggressively.

Co-op: A mode in some single-player games where multiple players can play cooperatively to complete the game.

Deathmatch: A mode of play popular in first person shooters where the goal is to kill or "frag" as many players as possible. Generally, the player with the most "frags" at the end of the game wins. In a team deathmatch, players are divided into two or more teams where the object is the same.

FPS (First-Person Shooter): A game genre played through the eyes of the player's character. Usually referring to an action game where the player uses force -- via a gun or other weapon -- to get through the game's levels. Popular in this genre are games like the Halo series, Doom series and Unreal, or Unreal Tournament series.

Frag: A "kill" or point in a first-person shooter generally used in deathmatch games.

Game Boy: Nintendo's series of handheld gaming systems including the Game Boy, Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Light, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advanced, Game Boy Advanced SP and Game Boy Micro. Not to be confused with Nintendo's latest handheld gaming systems: the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS Lite.

Headshot: Literally a weapon shot to the head of another player or non-player character in a first-person shooter.

MMO (MMORPG): A massively multi-player game, or massively multi-player online role playing game. Games where hundreds of players inhabit the same game world simultaneously. This genre of game include old and new classics like World of Warcraft, Everquest and Ultima Online.

Multiplayer: A game where more than one player plays or competes against other players and/or non-player characters. With consoles, this may refer to either a game where multiple players are playing on the same console or online with other players. For PC games, it refers to games played with other players on a LAN or through an Internet connection.

Newbie (Noob): A new player. A term generally used to describe new players to an MMO, or massively multi-player online game like Everquest or World of Warcraft.

Nintendo DS (Lite): The latest handheld gaming console from Nintendo, the DS and DS Lite -- a smaller brighter version of the DS -- features a touch screen players use to interact with games.

NPC (Non-Player Character): A character or vehicle controlled by the computer or video game console rather than by a player.

PS2 (PlayStation 2): Sony's follow-up to the PlayStaion features the ability to play DVD movies and play games online.

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