The numbers 1337 represent the letters ‘LEET’, which is short for ‘elite’. The term means to be an elite gamer in one or more video games.
A high-budget game. AAA games are usually multi-platform, have multi-million dollar budgets and typically sell over one million copies.
Advertisement Games designed to promote a particular product, service, or company. They usually feature a product prominently and will likely be played on the company’s website or be available for download.
Having to be connected to the internet in order to play a video game.
The character that a player chooses to represent them during gameplay. These can be customisable.
Used when players are insulting or rude to each other while playing.
A special enemy that is usually presented to the player at the end of a level or midway through (a mini-boss).
An error in a game’s programming or design.
Groups of friends or strangers who come together to form a team. Clan matches are when two clans face off against each other.
A combination of attack moves in a fighting game, during which an opponent is helpless to defend themselves.
The device specific to linking gameplay to an outer screen. This includes Xbox and Playstation, but not PC or handheld devices.
The minimum length of time that a player needs to wait after using an ability before they can use it again.
A social media platform created for gamers to call and message each other during gameplay. It is also used to livestream and broadcast games by streamers.
‘Downloadable Content’. Additional content created for a released video game. DLC can consist of several things such as an outfit change, objects, and challenges.
A hidden feature or item in a video game. If you’re playing a video game and come across an easter egg, you have found something that the developers hid as a bonus. Usually, they will feature an item that’s a nod at another game or popular topic.
The game-play available in a multiplayer online game for characters that have completed all of the available content.
Giving up or conceding a game or match.
‘First person shooter’. These games involve shooting a gun or weapon from a first person’s perspective.
A term for in-game killing.
Describes the player’s experience of a game.
The username or nickname of a player.
‘Good Game’. Said after an online game by people whether they win or lose.
A setting that controls whether the game displays graphic violence.
A menu or area of the screen where items collected by the player during the game are stored. This allows the player to retrieve any item and use it as an instant effect.
In-game ‘treasure chests’ that can be purchased or won. They contain an unknown assortment of items and modifications that players can use in-game.
Describes the most effective way or style of playing a game (not to be confused with Facebook’s parent company or as slang for the Metaverse).
The use of real world money to buy items within a game.
‘Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games’. Role-playing games where participants assume the roles of fictional characters and create or follow stories. Massively multiplayer games differ from other online games in two ways. Firstly, the large number of players simultaneously participating in a single game, and secondly the persistent nature of the games (e.g. play continues whether a particular gamer is participating or not). Examples: World of Warcraft, Runescape, and Guild Wars.