Gaming slanguage

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I recently read a post about gaming slanguage over at Blizzard Watch where A. K. Hamid asks:

Have you ever unconsciously used gaming slanguage with real life friends/family, and had to explain what it meant to them?

Yes, many times. My boyfriend and I both play games like WoW and Diablo 3 so we use gaming words all the time. I think it’s a bit different for us non-English speakers, I speak Norwegian and my boyfriend speaks Swedish (very similar languages so we can easily understand each other).

We use loads of English words every day. Words which we most likely started using while gaming. Some are just normal English words but very common words in gaming like “fail”, “fake, “epic”, “pro”, “win”, “bug” and a bunch of other words and sentences/one liners like “noob”, “leet”, “pwn”, “nerf”  etc. Those of you who have English as your primary language might not find those words strange at all. But non gamers here would most likely not use them because they would use the Norwegian or Swedish words. We even mix some English gaming words with our own language so for example “to raid” would be “raide” and “the guild” would be “guilden”.

Then there are the abbreviations we use like ATM, BTW, CBA, FTW, IMO, NVM, Inc, LF, WTB, WTS, IRL, NP and TBH. I use most of these when writing, not so often when speaking. I don’t think we even notice it, even when talking to or writing to non gamers, because we’re so used to it. Most of my friends and family wouldn’t know what any of those words mean. So there have been times they have looked at me, asked what it means or why I’m not using the Norwegian word. And times when I’m about to say/write something to someone and I have to stop and think to find the correct Norwegian word for it.

Sometimes I use references to gaming and WoW in my daily life. Like jokes about how nice it would have been with a hearthstone instead of 30 minutes on the bus, how I wish I had a mount, or what if I could just slow fall or use Goblin Glider to get down from that mountain, how some tasks are like quests you don’t want to do but the reward is really good so you just have to do them, when you call someone a ninja when they take something before they were allowed to, when you’ve been shopping and tell people to check out your new loot, you say ding when it’s your birthday and GZ when it’s someone elses birthday or they got/won/achieved something etc.

Most of the times I’m with my boyfriend when these things pop into my mind so it’s ok to say them. He usually thinks its funny and laughs cause he comes up with some jokes like that sometimes too. But there have been times when I’m with someone else and I almost say things like this but then I stop because I know they wouldn’t understand a word of it and it wouldn’t be fun if I had to explain.

I remember back in the days before I started playing WoW when I had some class mates who played. They talked about WoW every day in class and I didn’t understand much and it wasn’t from lack of trying because I tried to pick up the meaning of it all but it was impossible. It was like they were speaking a different language, which they kind of were, a mix of WoW, gaming, Norwegian and English. Now I’m just like they were.

I know most words used in games can be translated. It’s not very Norwegian to call a big monster for “boss” because “boss” means “garbage”. Most Norwegian blogs and websites who write about games usually translates almost everything to Norwegian which is super weird to read. It might just be because I’m used to everything being in English, so it just feels wrong, almost like in the Norwegian versions of the Harry Potter books where they translated most of the character’s names so they became completely different.

I can’t imagine how it would be to translate WoW to Norwegian. I have no idea what words I would use. So I hope they never have to translate all of it and that those who write articles in Norwegian keep some English words because those who read the articles will be players who understand the words so there is no need to write “ridedyr” and “utvidelse” when you can use “mount” and “expansions”.

I’m actually a person who loves languages, dialects and accents and I think it’s important to keep and take care of your dialect because it’s a part of who you are and where you’re from. So I’m trying to keep my language and dialect as clean as possible, but I think there will always be some slang words from games, movies, other languages etc.

Do you use gaming language, words, abbreviations or references when you speak or write to non gamers?

5 Fandom: 5 Nerdiest Things You’ve Ever Done

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5 Fandom Friday is a community building project created The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick. Read more about it and how to join here.

This week it’s all about the nerdiest things you’ve done! I don’t think I’ve done that many nerdy things compared to others. But some might be a bit nerdy, what do you think?

1. I have been to several World of Warcraft midnight releases to buy the Collector’s Edition which I preordered

2. Pulled all nighters and taken time off work/school to play new content

3. Attended guild meetings in a different country

4. I have driven across Hardangervidda on a cold and snowy November day to watch some of my favorite bands play

5. Started this blog :)

What’s the nerdiest thing you’ve ever done?

Happy Norwegian Constitution Day!

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17th of May is Norway’s National Day and an official national holiday. We call it Søttende mai which means Seventeenth May. 201 years ago the constitution was created at Eidsvoll and Norway became an independent kingdom after a 434 years union with Denmark. We Norwegians are proud to be independent and celebrate it with parades, flags, music, food and festivities.

I celebrated the day in Bergen with my boyfriend and his mother and stepfather who visited from Sweden. It was their first National Day celebration here in Norway and I think they enjoyed it. The city was so beautifully decorated with flags, flowers in the colors of the flag and everyone wore their best clothes like bunads or suit and dresses even though it rained quite a bit during the parade. We watched the parades, skydivers over the city, listened to the speeches and sang the National Anthem. Then we ate sushi for dinner and went to Starbucks for a coffee and dessert. Walked around in the city and looked at all the people and everything there was to see on this special day. Later in the evening there was a concert on Bryggen with great artists, all with a connection to Bergen, Sissel Kyrkjebø, Sondre Lerche, Charlie Siem, Bjarte Hjelmeland and Ylvis. Then the big new cruise ship Viking Star was christened and there were fireworks.

Happy Norwegian Constitution Day!

Gratulerer med dagen!

5 Fandom: Your 5 Most Binge Worthy Shows

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5 Fandom Friday is a new community building project created The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick. Read more about it and how to join here.

This friday it’s all about the most binge worthy shows. It’s hard to pick only five cause there are so many shows I could watch for hours and hours, season after season. But these have to be my top five.

Game of Thrones

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I think I started watching Game of Thrones when season 2 was about to start. I had never heard about it before but I had friends who told me it was great so I sat down and watched the whole first season and I was hooked. Been watching it since then and I’ve read the books.

The Walking Dead

Started watching The Walking Dead when it premiered. I’m very interested in apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic movies so I was very excited to see how this show would play out and I wasn’t disappointed. Been watching since.

Grimm

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I don’t remember when I started watching Grimm but I think the first season might have been out or at least some episodes. I admit I was a bit unsure about it at first but it got more and more interesting as I watched and the story progressed. The last season has been amazing.

Breaking Bad

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Everyone had great things to say about this show so I had very high expectations when I started watching. It was hard to take a break from the show when I knew the whole show was completed and everything I had to do was just watch it. It was so thrilling and exciting.

Sherlock

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It’s been a while since I watched this show now, but I’ve watched everything so far and I can’t wait for the next season to start.

 

Other shows worth to mention:

  • Elementary
  • The Blacklist
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • True Detective
  • Fargo
  • Dexter

5 Fandom: Favorite Fictional Moms

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5 Fandom Friday is a new community building project created The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick. Read more about it and how to join here.

The first fandom this month is about our top five fictional moms.

Molly Weasley

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She had seven children and quickly took Harry Potter under her wing and she’s been like a mother to him. Molly proves she would do anything to protect her children in the Battle for Hogwarts when she kills Bellatrix Lestrange who was trying to kill Molly’s only daughter Ginny.

Daenerys Targaryen

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Mother of dragons, she talks about her dragons as they were her children and as the dragons grow stronger and fiercer she still cares about them even though she has trouble controlling them. The slaves of Yunkai called her Mhysa which means mother when she freed them from slavery. She really cares about her people.

Lily Potter

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Sacrificed herself to save her son’s life.

Catelyn Stark

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She loves her children and husband. If you’ve read the books then you know what she’s does to revenge them.

Mary Cooper

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Sheldon Cooper’s mom is the only one who can control him and the only person he will really listen to.

Looking for a reason to log in

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Earlier this week Blizzard Watch posted a breakfast topic called When’s it time to walk away from a game? which made me think a lot about how little I’ve played WoW recently. Right now I don’t remember when I last logged in, it might have been a week ago or maybe more. The last thing I did was to buy a WoW Token for gold and cancel my subscription because I don’t want to pay real money anymore when I so much gold.

I think there are several reasons to why I don’t play WoW that much anymore. One reason is that I don’t have a guild. The guild I was a social member in stopped raiding so almost everyone left and it went to quiet, there were rarely anyone online. My boyfriend and I went looking for a new guild and we found one but it doesn’t seem like a lot’s going on there either. We were online a lot at first when we joined but there were never more than five or so online and it didn’t look like they got any raids together. We haven’t been online in a while now so I’m not sure how it’s now and I don’t feel like we’ve given them a good chance.

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Another reason to why I don’t play so much is that I don’t think there is a lot of fun things to do in-game anymore. I got tired of looking for a rated battleground team in Looking For Group every time I wanted to do some rated battlegrounds and I finished my Nemesis quests in Ashran only to discover that I had totally forgotten about the Highmaul Coliseum which you have to do to get 100 kills or a win if you are to get the Warlord of Draenor title which I wanted. I haven’t played the coliseum yet but I watched my boyfriend do it and I didn’t like how you’re in a raid with everyone there and they can put up mage portals before the match start so you accidentally click them and get ported out from the match, talk to each other before the match starts or how people can group up if they know each other, use some kind of voice chat and easily just kill those not in the team and then let one of their players win. I guess I’ll go back and do it sooner or later, but not right now.

I think Warlords of Draenor is a good expansion and I’ve had a lot of fun leveling my characters, doing everything there is to do in my garrison, exploring, learning about the lore, battling in Ashran and battlegrounds it’s just that I don’t find it that fun anymore and I can’t find anything I really want to do. But there are plenty of things I could do that I haven’t done yet in Draenor or even more things I could go back to previous expansions and do. Like collect new pets, go fishing, finally finish the celestial tournament, kill bosses for mounts, get some new transmog gear or take my first step into Blackrock Foundry. But I just don’t feel like doing any of those things so I don’t want to do it just to do it, just to do something, I want to wait until I really want to and then do it.

It feels like it’s time for a small break, not like I’m going to quit and don’t know when I’m coming back, but just do as I do right now, play less, log in when I want to and play other games as well. I think it would help a lot if I had a guild to play with, that’s what I miss the most.

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I installed Diablo III last week. Haven’t played it since last fall before the release of Warlords of Draenor but I played a lot before that. I read up on seasons and created my first seasonal character, a wizard which is level 70 now. I already have a normal wizard at level 70 but I wanted to start from the beginning and relearn it, and I’ll do the same with a demon hunter which is my second favorite class. My boyfriend started playing again as well, so we play together which is really fun because it’s been a while since we played anything together.

I think I’ll just continue to play Diablo for a while and maybe some old games, maybe look for a guild and wait for the day I really want to play again and find a reason to login.

Do you still play WoW regularly or are you struggling to find a reason to log in?