Your Guide to Video Game Terminology: Advanced

In a society based around electronic devices and technology, there are always going to be new things out there for you learn about.

In the field of video games, the people and content constantly evolve in the never-ending pursuit of producing the next best thing.

To help you better understand “gamers” (the people that play video games) and the gamer's world, I’m going to explain some of the more complex words used by gamers not already covered in my previous vocabulary article on Basic Video Game Terminology, found here.

Multiplayer Game Types:

When playing a video game with more than one person, the developers employ various ways to play the game. Multiplayer can take place inCapture The Flag GameCapture The Flag Game several ways, including online, via multiple controllers on the same console, LAN (Local Area Network), or System Link (connecting more than one console together directly). All of these ways allow a game to be played by more than one player, but only some games support this type of play. Multiplayer Game Types are the ways that the game lets you play with or against other people. Popular game types are Cooperation, where you play with two or more players to complete objectives, Deathmatch, where you compete player versus player for the most kills (usually FPS games), CTF (Capture The Flag), where two teams compete to be the first to capture a flag, and Escort, where one team tries to protect something while the other team tries to destroy and/or kill it.


A server is what online multiplayer games take place on. A typical server is a computer that waits on a network for other computers to request there processing services. While players play online, the information of where they are and what they are doing is relayed to the server. The server returns information about other players in real time. Delays between the client and the server are what is known as “lag,” and usually results in game slowdown. For example, if the player is playing a First Person Shooter, an opposing player could freeze and reappear in a different place because of lag between the client and the server. This makes it very difficult to kill the opponent, and can be extremely frustrating, especially in a competitive atmosphere.


Although commonly used, most people don’t know what this word truly means. LAN stands for Local Area Network, and is a private network used for computers to communicate. The biggest upside to using a LAN to connect computers/consoles to each other is that it does not require leased telecommunication lines (i.e. internet), and that they have much higher data transfer rates (less lag). The bad part is that it only covers a small area, meaning that the computers/consoles have to be in close proximity. Gamers usually get together in the same place with many computers or consoles, set up a LAN, and throw a party. This is known as a “LAN Party.”


This word is mainly found in First Person Shooters. The word derives from the United States Military, where they use the word roger to acknowledge a command. In the gaming world, the word is most commonly used to say yes, or to acknowledge what another gamer has said. A popular game that employs this word is Americas Army (PC, over 6 million registered users), the official U.S. Army game.


These two words could be the two most common words used by gamers. There are common misconceptions between the words noob and newbie, but that’s why I’m here, right?

The word newbie is used to describe a person that is not good at a game because he or she is new. A newbie can develop into a talented player, and isn’t necessarily a bad asset. This is because even a newbie can show good streaks in games, and can still compete with good players at times.

The word noob is used to describe a person that is simply terrible at a game. This word, in the gaming community, would be comparable to the word “retard,” “loser,” and “idiot” in the real world (socially inappropriate and frowned upon). This means that noob is most commonly used to talk trash to a player. A true noob is disliked because he doesn’t carry his own weight in team games.


These two words are words of success. This word is mostly used to talk smack between players, but typically in a good natured way (between friends). If a player “owned” another player, it means that the opponent is defeated so completely that there is no other word for it. The word pwned means the same thing, and is pronounced like owned but with a “p” at the beginning. The word results from the common misspelling of own, which is believed to be caused by the “O” and “P” being so closely placed on the QWERTY keyboard layout.

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This is a common word used by gamers that has the same meaning as elite. It is typically used in online play for a player that is playing well. A player that is leet isn’t always necessarily so… Like all things, players can have ups and downs. A normal player, however, is average on most occasions, while a leet player will exceed in skills the majority of the time.


In some games, while playing online, you can die and then watch other players on your team. A ghost is a player that is talking to another player on their team via an outside communication source (like a telephone, or Skype, or similar). This gives the player the Ghost is talking to an advantage, because the Ghost will report the locations of enemies, and can help the player see places he normally wouldn’t (like around corners). This is generally considered a form of cheating because a player can know the exact location of enemies.


A glitch is a mistake in the game that isn’t meant to be there. Players can take can use some glitches in the game to have an advantage over other players. For example, in a First Person Shooter, a player may be able to sprint and throw a grenade at the same time (something you normally couldn’t do) by pressing a combination of keys before running. This gives the player an advantage because he is harder for his enemies to shoot, and can kill his enemies easily. “Glitching,” or using a glitch to your advantage, is considered a form of cheating, and is frowned upon by the gaming community.

Hopefully, this overview of the more advanced words used in Basics Video Game Terminology will help you further understand the gamers around you. If not, I suggest you pick up a controller or keyboard and mouse, and try to spend some time with a gamer you'd like to get to know better. Actually playing the games will help you better understand the gamer 's language.

It is entertainment, after all, and is all about the fun.

Matt Wood

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Apr 6, 2008
by Anonymous

please write more. i would

please write more. i would like to see more terminology included. (especially for the NEWBs)

May 5, 2008
by Anonymous

not a glitch in the matrix...its a bug =)

People in the gaming industry do not call it a "glitch" when there is an error or problem with the game. It is called a "bug".

Nov 8, 2008
by Anonymous


its a glitch or a bug but maybe people in the "business" call it something else stfy fag - we need more of these posts!