The gaming world can often be overwhelming for new players due to the insider terms and slang -- it can even be confusing for seasoned gamers on occasion. The glossary of terms below will make your life just a little bit easier, so you can concentrate on the game.

AAA – Basically a game that has a large budget for development and promotion.

AFK – Away from keyboard.

Alpha – The first stage of out-of-house testing for a game to find any bugs or glitches in the software.

Alt – Alternate, as in take an alternate route or skill.

AOE – Area of effect.

B – Backing, as in you need health and/or mana and need to go back to the base. Usually used in MOBAs like "League of Legends."

Beta – Comes after alpha testing and opens up the testing stage to a larger group of people. There are two types of beta testing -- open means anyone can try it out, closed means you have to be invited.

Buff – An effect that is placed on a character that makes them stronger or gives them a benefit like more experience.

Bug – A problem that causes crashes, unintended character actions or other unexpected events.

Cheese – A strategy players use to win a game; can often be sneaky or unorthodox.

Cooldown – The time you need to wait before being able to use a certain ability again.

DC – Disconnected.

Debuff – The negative of a buff; hampers a character in some way for the duration of the debuff.

DLC – Downloadable content. Basically additions to the game (and in some cases things that should have been included in the original game) that make it more interesting.

DPS – Damage per second.

Elo – A rating system for calculating players' relative skill levels in competitive games. Mostly known for its use in "League of Legends." 

eSports – Where professional gamers play online (or sometimes LAN, but streamed online), often for money or other prizes. This is usually also multiplayer, like in "Dota 2."

FPS – Usually means first-person shooter, a genre of game. Can also mean frames per second, a measure of a system’s performance.

FTP – Free to play.

FTW – For the win.

Gank – To kill another player by surprise.

GG – Good game. Said at the end of the game to thank team members.

GLHF – Good luck, have fun. Often said at the start of the game.

Going ham – Going hard as a motherf-----.

Grind – Performing fairly mindless repetitive tasks to gain a reward.

HP – Hit points. The amount of damage a character can take before it dies.

Lag – Describes the time delay between a player requesting an action and the character in-game performing it. Normally used when the time delay is longer than expected.

LAN – Local area network.

LFG – Looking for group.

Mana – A limited resource that is needed to cast certain spells and abilities.

Matchmaking – When the game’s system tries to match up players of equal skill level to battle.

MMORPG – Massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Think: "World of Warcraft."

MMR – Match-making rating. This is a rating system based on players' skill level and is used to match them against other players in-game.

MOBA – Multiplayer online battle arena. "Dota 2," "League of Legends," "Heroes of the Storm" and "Smite" are MOBAs.

Nerf – When a character's abilities are changed or removed by developers to make them less strong. This is usually done in a patch.

Noob – A new or inexperienced person, usually used in a derogatory manner.

NPC – Nonplayer character. Essentially someone you can’t control but who can give you quests and sell you items.

OOM – Out of mana. Often used to say a player is going back to base to recharge.

OP – Overpowered. Can also mean original pick, because it is so strong that it is one of the first characters to get chosen in a match.

Patch – A software release from the developer after the game is released, often to fix bugs.

Ping – The amount of time in milliseconds it takes for information to travel to the server and back. You want your ping to be low so you don’t experience lag.

PvE – Player versus environment.

PvP – Player versus player.

RPG – Role-playing game; it's a genre.

RTS – Real-time strategy is another genre of games.

Tank – A character that has a lot of hit points and is normally placed in front of other characters to take most of the damage.

TPS – Third-person shooter.

XP – Experience.

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