MMO Boot Camp: Redux

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In the summer of 2009, I compiled a list of basic MMO social terms and abbreviations after being unable to find such a thing on the Internet.  The original list was posted over a 4 day period, which served to divide the list in retrospect. In an effort to streamline things, I present to you what I call the MMO Boot Camp, now in one continuous form. Study this list. Familiarize yourself with it. Your virtual life could depend on it. DISMISSED!

Basics:

  • AFK – “away from keyboard” – your friend has left you and may not be coming back due to circumstances beyond his or her control.
  • ATM – “at the moment” – this has nothing to do with money.
  • BBL – “be back later” – lies.
  • BRB – “be right back” – a quest in real life has been triggered (usually by a parent or spouse) and must be completed.
  • “BIO” – bathroom break.
  • DING – “level up” – used by those desperately seeking attention and a pat on the back.
  • GANK” – higher level player(s) killing a lower level player.
  • GRIEFING” or “GRIEFER” – those that intentionally seek to harass or cause grief to fellow gamers in game.
  • MMORPG – “massively multiplayer online role playing game” – Warning, may contain addictive elements.
  • NPC – “non-player character” – computer controlled character.
  • OMW – “on my way”
  • PVE – “player versus environment” – killing is consensual and the environment deadly.
  • PVP – “Player versus player” – open season has arrived!
  • RL – “real life” – once upon a time you knew what this meant.
  • Solo” or “Soloing” – paying $15 a month to play alone.
  • SPAWN” – enemies reappear after being killed.
  • XP – “experience points” – time and lives are lost in the pursuit of these elusive points.

Group:

 

  • Group/Party/Fellowship – players banded together for a common goal.
  • Guild – a large group of players who enjoy being used as pawns. Guilds, and their benefits, vary from game to game.
  • Kinship – an over glorified name for a guild.
  • LFF – “looking for fellowship” – sometimes two are better than one.
  • LFG – “looking for group” – see above.
  • LFM – “looking for more” – we are weak, help us!
  • LOOT – items that are coveted and fought over in game.
  • “TANK” – serves as the lead protector/ defender of a group.

Additional Terms/ Abbreviations:

  • “Add” – an enemy joins the fight unexpectedly. Kind of like your kid brother wanting to hang out with you and your friends.
  • AGGRO – “aggression” – sometimes you’ve just got to let it out.
  • “BUFF” – any ability or skill that increases the stats/attributes of the player or group.
  • DOT – “damage over time” – one day researchers will be able to measure the dot videogames cause.
  • DPS – “damage per second” – math geeks…
  • HOT – “heal over time” – the amount of time it takes to heal.
  • “KITE” – a diversion to attract enemies away from your party.
  • “MOB” – an in game monster(s).
  • “NUKE” – inflicting maximum damage per second.
  • PAT – “patrol” – roaming squads of death.
  • RES or REZ – “resurrect” – death is overrated.

Did I miss something? Feel free to add to the list in the comments below.

*Terms and abbreviations may very from game to game.

**This is by no means a definitive list of MMO terms and abbreviations.

To MMORPG Or Not To MMORPG, That Is The Question: Commandment 4

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To MMO or Not.: The MMORPG Commandments :.

Commandment 4. Know When to Quiteth…

Sad to say, but all things must end and MMO’s are no different. If your preferred MMO has become more of an obligation than a joy, it’s time to retire your character. I myself have also fallen into this most deadly of MMO traps, prioritizing my game obligations above my real life ones. Luckily, I have never lost anything as dramatic as a job or a relationship over it.

Near the end of my MMO playing career I found myself dutifully logging in simply to administrate my guild, check my crafted auctions, and run dungeons, only to fall asleep at the keyboard as I waited for someone in my party to return from AFK (away from keyboard).

Sure guilds, crafting, pvp, dungeon running, and all the social aspects of MMO’s can be fun but they can also be draining, sometimes making us gamers lose sight of what’s really important in life

Are MMO’s evil? Heck no! Just realize you’re playing on a slippery slope.

MMO BOOT CAMP: DAY 2

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MMO Boot Camp: Social

Welcome to boot soldier/ warrior/ mage! Below you will find a list of basic social terms and abbreviations found in most MMO games. Study them. Familiarize yourself with them. There will be a test following the ten mile hike. DISMISSED!

Basics 2

* Terms and abbreviations may vary from game to game.

** This is by no means a definitive list of MMO terms and abbreviations. Got something to add? Comment below!

MMO BOOT CAMP: DAY 1

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MMO Boot Camp: Social

Welcome to boot soldier/ warrior/ mage! Below you will find a list of basic social terms and abbreviations found in most MMO games. Study them. Familiarize yourself with them. There will be a test following the ten mile hike. DISMISSED!

Basics 1

Continue to Day 2

* Terms and abbreviations may vary from game to game.

** This is by no means a definitive list of MMO terms and abbreviations. Got something to add? Comment below!