Gaming Slang Explained

If you’ve ever picked up a new game and felt like the experienced players were speaking an entirely new language, you’re not alone. It can be daunting to learn the lexicon of a new game, and it can be even more daunting to learn the acronyms and expressions coined by the players. In today’s post, we’ll provide you with a general overview of the most common gaming terms you’ve probably heard. While this guide certainly won’t cover every term you’re going to hear when you begin playing a new game, this guide will give you a nice introduction to the basics.

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Common Gaming Terms You Should Know


This acronym is short for “downloadable content,” and it refers to anything that can be downloaded to improve your gaming experience. DLC commonly includes new characters, skins, patches, maps, and weapons. DLC is sometimes free, although you can expect to pay for most of the content released for popular games.


The acronym “FPS” is short for “first-person shooter.” FPS games are played through the eyes of your character, and he or she will most likely be looking down the barrel of a gun for the majority of the game. Halo, Counter-Strike, and Call of Duty are all examples of popular FPS games.


Short for “massively multiplayer online role-playing games,” MMORPGs are popular around the world. Unlike traditional role-playing games in which the fantasy world and the creatures within it are only functional when the gamer is logged in, MMORPGs are always online and always changing. Many of today’s MMORPGs have booming economies that are nearly as complex as our own! Thousands of players can interact in a common world to fight monsters, hunt for treasure, complete quests, and so much more. World of Warcraft, Runescape, Guild Wars, and Final Fantasy XIV are all examples of popular MMORPGs. If you’re a fan of MMORPGs, you’ll love our RPG collection of gaming pins! We carry pins for mages, tanks, warriors, and healers – buy one for every member of your team!

Ping, Latency, and Lag

These terms are most commonly used in online play. The words “ping” and “latency” refer to the amount of time (measured in milliseconds) that it takes for your computer or console to send information to the server and back. A long ping time will lead to interrupted gameplay, so you should always hope to have a low ping.

If you’re playing with a high ping rate, then you can expect to experience what’s known as “lag” in the gaming community. Lag can take a number of different forms, including frozen screens and low frame rates. Lag can make a game nearly unplayable, and it can even put your character in jeopardy if you “lag out” during a boss fight or in a dangerous area.


While you may be familiar with this term from your highschool dances, it has a completely different meaning in the gaming community. The term “grinding,” when used in the context of virtually any game, refers to the action of doing something monotonous in order to achieve a goal or outcome. For instance, many MMORPGs require players to fight hundreds of monsters or complete numerous quests before they can use certain items or enter specific areas, and these tasks will be referred to as grinding.


This term is short for “player versus player.” While most of today’s popular FPS games are also PvP games, this term is commonly used in MMORPGs. Most MMORPGs have elements of teamwork and unity, but there are generally specific areas in which players can battle other players for items, gold, and glory.


This is one the most common expressions you’ll see when communicating in any online capacity. Short for “laughing out loud,” this acronym is ubiquitous in contemporary culture.


In case you couldn’t guess from the name, this expression refers to someone becoming angry and quitting out of a game. Whether it’s because they’re losing badly or they just have a bad temper, you’ll probably experience someone rage-quitting during a game at some point. You’ve probably seen videos of people breaking their consoles or throwing their controllers through the wall after losing an intense match… Don’t be those people.

Stay tuned for future posts in which we’ll continue to explain the most common gaming terms you’re likely to hear. If you’re looking for a way to express your love of gaming culture in style, head over to Overpowered’s online store! We have a great selection of gaming merch, including gamer pins and Neopets merch. Browse our online catalog and find the perfect merchandise for your next convention or event!