What is a Noob? (And 10 Other MMO Lingo That You Should Know)
Why is everyone in the game shouting about how terrible “noobs” are? Is it some kind of disease, or possibly character that sucks enough to ruin the entire game? Even worse, if the word “noob” is taken personally, how can it be fixed?
A “noob” is nothing more than a slang term used to label newbies. New players, as with any group of initiates in any part of society, can be frowned upon and heckled by others in the game, either through their actions or their simple existence. Whether due to wearing starter equipment, asking beginning questions or performing poorly in-game, the label of “noob” can be thrown around whether it’s deserved or not.
Simple as that.
Although terms, acronyms and their meanings can change depending on the type of game, there are a few key terms and phrases that can smooth over the rambling jargon of party members and opponents alike:
“Stop failing it up mid, noobs!” is something that many PVP addicts will hear far too often throughout their career.
In many battlegrounds or combat situations, there are parts of the battlefield that seem to attract the players who simply want to clash swords and trade blows.
When in Capture The Flag, King of the Hill or other types of battles with strategic goals, fighting in the middle of the battleground while the other players run past the brawl of failure can often result in a loss.
Although fighting in mid can be useful as a distraction if the other team is gullible enough, mid fights often result in full failure for all involved.
DPS – Damage per Second
When leveling, killing monster and other players may seem simple. Keep fighting until it dies! In more competitive fights, such as endgame raiding and dungeon runs, a player needs to know their destructive power in detail.
Many MMOs feature add-ons that can count the damage per second, along with other statistics to give hard feedback about raw performance.
Add-ons are programs that often run inside the game, often created by players to perform different functions. Some make the screen look a bit more organized by moving around bars and indicators while others calculate statistics. There is no end to what an add-on can do with the right programmer behind it—within a game’s Terms of Service, of course.
Running through the game, fighting monsters and basic dungeons is just the start of the adventure. Even after the seemingly long adventure of leveling, know that the journey is just getting started. Raids are large groups of players in a sort of task force against an enemy.
Whether the raid is a dungeon with extremely high difficulty compared to the beginning of the game or a single enemy, such as a great dragon or demon, it usually takes a group of (hopefully) coordinated and (supposedly) skilled players to tackle the challenges of endgame.
Most successful MMO games are more than just leveling up. Endgame refers to the content of a game after reaching maximum level, whether in the form of high level dungeons, world adventures, challenging quest lines or other features not accessible to low level players
Wiping is losing, in simple terms. Unlike picking away at random monsters in the world, many raid and task force groups go into battle with everything on the line. If everyone in the group dies—or if a situation that will likely kill everyone soon happens—the event is considered a wipe.
Rez, Ress and Raise are all terms used to describe bringing a character back to life. Rather than running back to a corpse from the graveyard, many character types are able to bring a player back to life on the spot.
To make endgame content challenging, it is often impossible to run back to a corpse and come to life in the middle of the fight. In some games, it is possible to resurrect a limited number of times in order to allow a small margin of error for players
Lag is a simple concept, but is sometimes misunderstood by players who are not technically savvy. Lag originally meant slow performance due to Internet connection, such as running in place or idle motions when the Internet’s consistency fails.
Any form of freezing, locking up or otherwise disruptive computer problems are considered lag as well. Make sure to schedule that anti-virus scan for after gameplay is done!
D/C – Disconnect
Disconnects are simple enough to understand; losing connectivity with the game. This can be from the player’s Internet connection having issues or problems with the game’s servers. “Rage D/C” is used for players who seem to have intentionally closed their game or disconnected out of frustration.
While there are many more terms that can be covered, these terms are some of the most critical issues that may not be easily understood by new players—noobs—to the MMO world. Learn them, ask questions, and always remember to check related gaming websites for new terms as the adventure continues.
With almost two decades as a dedicated heal-slave in multiplayer and MMO games from JRPGs to MMORPGs, Metatron keeps busy supporting his team on and off the game. Technical support, troubleshooting and guiding players on stat balances are part of one big mission: to get back into the dungeon and get better gear while not blowing up the computer. You can connect with him on Google+.
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