As part of our ‘BigFoots Guide to Gaming’ series we thought we’d share some important knowledge every parent of an avid gamer should know. Here’s 10 terms you may have heard your child mention but never knew what they meant.
What is Discord? Imagine an online hangout where gamers gather, chat, and plan their strategies. Discord is the digital clubhouse for gamers. It’s a messaging app where your kids team up with friends, talk gaming tactics, and share their latest triumphs. Similar programs in the corporate world would be Skype, Slack and Microsoft Teams.
GG (Good Game):
You’ve probably heard your child shouting “GG!” at the end of a game. It stands for “Good Game” and is the ultimate show of sportsmanship. Whether they win or lose, saying GG means recognising the effort of all the players. It’s the gaming equivalent of a handshake after a match, showing respect for their opponents and teammates.
This is a classic term. If your child calls someone a “noob,” they’re referring to a beginner or someone new to the game. It’s not an insult (usually), just a way to describe someone who might need a bit more practice. Similarly something ‘noob friendly’ is essentially beginner friendly.
FPS (Frames Per Second):
FPS is the number of frames (images) displayed per second in a video game. The higher the FPS, the smoother the gameplay. If your child requests a gaming rig with a high FPS, they’re simply ensuring their gaming experience is as seamless and visually stunning as possible. The acronym can also mean (FPS) First Person Shooter, a game in the ‘shooter’ category playable from the first person perspective.
These virtual treasure chests hold in-game items or perks. Gamers can buy or earn them during play, and the contents are often a mystery. Think of it as a digital lucky dip, and a way for game developers to keep the excitement alive.
Microtransactions are small, in-game purchases for items like skins (different outfits for their characters) , power-ups, or cosmetics. They are often used in free-to-play games and can add up over time, so be aware of your child’s spending and if they have your card details saved on their system.
When gamers talk about “nerfing” something, they mean making it weaker or less effective. It’s a term borrowed from the world of foam dart guns. If a weapon or character in a game is ‘overpowered’, sometimes abbreviated to ‘OP’, they might say it needs to be “nerfed.”
AFK (Away From Keyboard):
If your child mentions they’re going AFK, it means they’re taking a break or momentarily stepping away from the game. It’s like a digital version of “BRB” (Be Right Back).
In gaming, a “camper” refers to a player who stays in one spot, often hiding, and waits for unsuspecting opponents to come into their line of sight. It can be a successful strategy, but it’s not always appreciated by other players.
Gamers often use mods to tweak or customise their games. Mods can alter graphics, gameplay, or add new content. It’s a creative way for players to put their own stamp on their gaming experience.
With these gaming terms in your arsenal, you’re ready to navigate the gaming universe like a pro. Surprise your kids with your newfound gaming lingo, and who knows, you might even get an enthusiastic “GG, Mom/Dad!” in return. Happy gaming! 🎮✨