Noobs Should Embrace This New “Gamer’s Dictionary” for PlayStation
I’m a firm believer that console and PC gaming is for everyone, but let’s be honest, the jargon people use to talk about video games can make their hobby difficult.
Unless you’re confused in the world of video games, a phrase like “the last patch nerfed the HP scaling of endgame mobs, but did the OP aggro proc” won’t make any sense, but a lot of gamers talk about it all the time. And it’s hard to start a new game when every guide, article, YouTube video or in-game chat message is chock-full of words you don’t understand, from “roguelike” to “metroidvania”.
Luckily, the folks at PlayStation have recognized this problem and created the Gamer’s Dictionary to help newcomers make sense of all this jargon. Be sure to bookmark the dictionary if you’re new or trying to help someone get started playing for the first time.
The dictionary contains over 100 game words, phrases and abbreviations in alphabetical order, and all of them are amazingly useful, even if you are not quite a beginner. Some include explanations of technical terms such as “Hit Box”, “Judder”, and “I-Frames”; slang phrases like “gank” or “noob”; and abbreviations such as “GPU”, “K/D”, “OP” and others. There are also simple explanations for common video game genres so you will know the difference between ARPG, CRPG and JRPG.
It’s nice to have a one-stop resource where you can learn what “git gud” means or memorize the ABCs of the RPG genre, but the list is missing explanations for several popular subgenres with annoyingly dumb names like the aforementioned “Metroidvania”. “roguelike” and “souls-like”. Luckily, we have a guide to help demystify these useless descriptions of video game genres .
I hope PlayStation continues to add to its Gamer Dictionary, but this is already a useful and necessary resource and I’m glad it exists. Recent NPD estimates indicate that three out of every four people in the United States play some kind of video game . While these numbers include mobile and casual games, more people than ever are also playing on consoles or PC, which inevitably means more people will be curious enough to try out bigger, more immersive, and more addictive video games for themselves.
I’m excited to see companies taking steps to make console and PC gaming more accessible – whether it’s Sony’s new vocabulary for gamers, Microsoft’s commitment to accessibility features, or Nintendo’s ever-increasing appeal with games like Nintendo Switch Sports , Animal Crossing and RingFit . Adventure .
[ Gamespot ]