Noobs should embrace this new PlayStation “gamer’s dictionary”

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I strongly believe that console and PC gaming is for everyone, but let’s be honest: the lingo people use talk about video games can Craft it is difficult to get into the hobby.

youunless you are entangled in the world of video games, a a phrase like “last patch nerfed HP scaling on endgame mobs but made proc aggro OP” won’t make sense, but a lot of players talk that way all the time. And it’s hard to get into a new game when every guide, article, YouTube video or in-game chat message is full of words you don’t understand, from “roguelike” at “metroidvania”.

Fortunately, the folks at PlayStation have recognized this problem and created a “Player Dictionary” to help noobs analyze it all jargon. Definitely bookmark the dictionary if you are a new player or trying to help someone get into the games for the first time.

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The dictionary contains an alphabetical sorting of over 100 game-specific words, phrases and acronymsand they are all surprisingly useful, even if you are not a total beginner. Some include explanations of technical terms such as “Hit Box”, “Judder”, and “I-Frames”.”; slang phrases such as “gank” or “noob””; and acronyms like “GPU”, “K/D”, “OP,and more. There are also simple explanations for common video game genres, so you’ll know the difference between a ARPG, a CRPG, and a JRPG.

It’s nice to have a one-stop resource where you can learn what it means “gitgud” or memorize the ABCs of the RPG genre, but the list lacks explanations for several popular subgenres with boring, obtuse names like the one mentioned above “meetroidvania”, “roguelike” and “slike a soul. Luckily we have a guide that can help demystify those useless video game genre descriptors.

I hope PlayStation continues to add to its Gamers Dictionary, but it’s already a useful and necessary resource and I’m glad it exists. Recent NDP estimates show that three out of four people in the United States play video games of a few kinds. While these numbers include mobile and casual games, more people than ever are also playing on consoles or PCs, which inevitably means that more people will be quite curious to try bigger, more immersive and exciting video games for them too.

I am delighted to see companies taking steps to make console and PC gaming more accessible, whether it’s Sony’s new Gamers’ Dictionary, Microsoft’s commitment to accessibility options, or Nintendo’s ever-widening appeal via games like Nintendo Switch Sports, animal crossingand Ring shaped adventure.


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