Gaming has a vocabulary all its own much like any other hobby or recreational activity. However, because of the technical nature of gaming, a lot of the terms just don’t make sense to those new to gaming. Magic Micro Computers is a company that specializes in building your own gaming PCs. In this blog post, we’ll review some of the common gaming terminology so the next time you play, you’ll be in the loop. Contact us today!
INTRODUCTION TO GAMING TERMINOLOGY
Devs. This stands for developers, or the people who created the game. These can be the programmers or the designers.
Hearts. Thanks to the classic video game, The Legend of Zelda, this gaming term stands for how much life you have left in you. The Legend of Zelda was one of the very first modern video games, and it used hearts to indicate life; hence, it’s been adopted across the board. Other games us other indicators of how “alive” you are, such as a sliding bar of health.
Avatar. The character representation of you in the video game. This one is fairly well-known thanks to the movie of the same name.
Boss. The boss is a word for the head bad guy, the leader of the army, or the one you have to defeat. You have to defeat him in order to move on to the next level, or even win the game.
Miniboss. Like the name implies, a miniboss is like a captain in an army. He’s a middle-of-the-road bad guy with more power than grunts, but less power than the boss. He’s usually encountered about half-way through your level or game.
Boss battle. The name of the battle that you fight the boss, or head bad guy, in. The boss battle is usually a longer battle and a harder battle, with lots of grunts to defeat.
Grunts. Grunts are the gaming world’s term for the army or soldiers of the bad guy. Grunts are usually easily defeated, but cumbersome nonetheless. They are the minions per se.
Mooks. Mooks are another gaming term for the low-level bad guys and can be used interchangeably with grunts.
HP. HP stands for hit points in gaming. This can be used in a similar manner to hearts. HP stands for how much life you have left as well. This term comes from the game Dungeons & Dragons.
MP. MP stands for magic points in gaming. This tells how much energy your character has to cast spells or perform other magic feats. It also stands for mana.
NPC. NPC stands for a non-player character. These guys don’t take part in the action and are controlled by the game. They are usually the characters you see who stand around in the periphery.
Mechanic. In the gaming world, a mechanic is not someone who fixes your car. Mechanic, in fact, isn’t even a person — it’s a system. Mechanic refers to the way the game world is set up (so an open world and a sandbox world are types of mechanics). This refers to game mechanics and can refer to combats, life, and special powers.
Open world. Open world in gaming refers to the way the game world is set up. In this case, you can go anywhere you want with little to no restrictions, but usually there is some sort of linear progression.
Sandbox world. Very similar to an open world, but without any kind of restrictions. You can go anywhere you want without having to follow any kind of linear progression. There are usually a lot of NPCs in these worlds and a large level to get through. Popular types of sandbox worlds include Grand Theft Auto and Minecraft.
TYPES OF VIDEO GAMES
There are a dizzying array of video games nowadays. Here, Magic Micro Computers, a custom built gaming PC company, will examine some of these. Contact us today!
Action game. By far the most popular type of video games and one of the original types of video games, action games are characterized by, of course, action. This is action that the gamer controls with lots of, well, action i.e. battles, obstacles, etc. The Legend of Zelda is an example of an action game.
Indie game. An Indie game can be an action game. Indie refers to the devs (developers) of the game. Indie usually means independent, as it does here. Indie games are developed by small studios doing their own thing. These games are popular because Indie games are known for taking risks, or incorporating elements, that the bigger companies won’t due to fear of push back from the consumers.
God game. As the name implies, characters have omniscient (all-knowing) abilities like God. They are usually the guide in the game that controls everyone below them.
FPS. FPS is gaming lingo for first-person shooter. We’ve probably all had experience with these types of games in arcades when you are shooting someone with a gun and can’t see yourself. FPS games have a first-person perspective, so you never see your character in the game itself. This type of game has its own lingo as well, which we’ll review in our next blog post.
Third-person shooter. This type of video game is very similar to FSP, but you can see your character in the game. These types of video games, however, primarily involve aiming and shooting with a gun.
RPG. RPG stands for role playing game. In these games, you take control of characters who grow and change throughout the game.
JRPG. JRPG is a Japanese role playing game. These types of games have a fantasy and science-fiction background and lots of characters. They have an “anime” feel with those aesthetics. The games have an overarching theme of saving the world and uses a lot of mythology. JRPG games are great for history buffs.
MMORPG. MMORPG stands for massively multiplayer online role-playing game. As this gaming term implies, you play as multiple characters and against others players, where you grow your level and skills through these interactions. MMORPGs have persistent world.
MOBA. MOBA stands for multiplayer online battle arena for gamers. Very similar to MMORPG with you playing as different characters. The only difference is that MOBAs do not have persistent worlds.
Point-and-click. This stands for point-and-click adventure games. These games basically tell a story as you click dialogue boxes and scripted action. These tend to me more mental games as there’s usually a puzzle you have to figure out.
RTS. RTS stands for real time strategy in the gaming world. These games are based off chess. The player has to control multiple units of an army in order to conquer an objective. All the players are playing simultaneously.
TBS. TBS stands for turn-based strategy, which is very similar to RTS, where you’re usually playing a war game. However, players take turns moving.
CUSTOM-BUILT GAMING COMPUTERS
Now that you know the gaming terminology as well as the most popular kinds of games to play, it’s time to invest in a custom built gaming computer, which Magic Micro Computers make. We offer three main types of custom gaming computers: barebones PCs, desktop computers, and laptops. All three are great choices and will serve you well for your first foray into gaming. While you’re forging around, it’s important to know the differences in gaming computers.
A barebones PC allows for the most customization. It is usually only partially assembled and they are available as a desktop or a laptop. Usually, a barebones PC will only come with a CPU (central processing unit), a case (or tower), a motherboard, and a power supply. The rest you have to supply. These are great options for those who want to build their own custom gaming computer. Barebones PC are cheaper, as you save money on labor and parts. Furthermore, you’re buying only the parts you need and want, which saves you money as well. Magic Micro Computers do not recommend you invest in a barebones PC unless you have an experienced gamer who is helping you. It’s easy to become overwhelmed in the options available. Spend some time getting to know the game and the systems first, and then go for the barebones PC when you know exactly what you want in a custom built gaming computer.
Desktop computers and laptop computers are identical except for the obvious difference of their portability. This comes down to personal preference more than anything.
One desktop gaming computer Magic Micro Computers sells is the Magic Intel i5 CoffeLakeGamer with the hottest technology for gaming, digital video editing, and audio production. Featuring the new Intel 8th Generation Coffe Lake Six core CPU, nVidid GTX 750 2 GB, DVI and HDMI out video card, an 8GB DDR4 2133 Mhz memory, and 1TB SATA3 6GB/s hard drive, you’ll be set for a killer gaming experience.
One laptop gaming computer Magic Micro Computers sells is Clevo 15.6" Core i5 Custom Gaming Notebook, which features the latest 8th Generation Intel Core Processor. With this powerful gaming computer, you can play games, record, and stream all at the same time. This amazing gaming computer supports up to 32GB DDR4 SO-DIM Memory, a nVidia MX1050 2GB DDR5 dedicated GPU, HDMI for external Monitors, and two built-in speakers and microphone — everything you need to get started in gaming.
Magic Micro Computers loves gaming as much as you do. Order your custom built gaming PC from us, and receive lifetime support, guaranteed. We have a great return and exchange program, so if you place an order for one of our top-notch custom built gaming desktop, laptop, or barebones PCs and it’s not exactly what you need or want, you can rest assured we’ll work with you to get the right product. Order today!