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?

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?

Karazhan, my favorite raid

I read this Breakfast topic on Blizzard Watch earlier and it made me think of all the memories I have from all the different raids.

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It can be hard to pick just one favorite because there are so many amazing raids in this game. I have so many great memories from most of them. I remember the first time we completed the Zul’Aman timed run for the Amani Battle Bear mount, the first time we clicked the bridge to Lady Vashj in Serpent Shrine Cavern, wipes on Archimonde in Battle for Mount Hyjal, trying to learn the Kael’thas Sunstrider fight in Tempest Keep and our first Illidan Stormrage kill in the Black Temple.

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I’ll never forget how amazing Ulduar was with Norse mythology inspired bosses, exciting hard modes and a perfect soundtrack. There were so many different bosses with different mechanics, I loved that the hardmodes were something you could choose to do by the order you killed the bosses in or something you had to activate in some way. Ulduar is probably the best raid Blizzard have ever made and it will always be one of my favorite raids.

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Icecrown Citadel, both the raid and the dungeons, were awesome because I had been looking forward to fighting him for so long, especially after the Wrathgate. The dungeons The Forge of Souls, Pit of Saron and Halls of Reflection were thrilling introductions to the raid in Icecrown Citadel because they had such a great storyline, the dungeons were well designed and the music was awesome. I have so many memories from the bosses in Icecrown Citadel, Sindragosa and those damn iceblocks, wipes on Lich King which were caused by the defile which in some way covered the whole platform, the cinematic after defeating the Lich King and the day we finally defeated him on heroic difficulty.

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But I raid I haven’t mentioned yet which will always be special to me is Karazhan. It was the first raid I did. I had just leveled my first character and joined my first raiding guild. Everything was new and exciting. I couldn’t wait to start exploring this new world and I wanted to see all of it.

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So I was so excited the first time we were going to Karazhan. It looked so small and boring on the outside but I was surprised to see what was on the inside of the building. I still remember that we needed a key to open the gate and the creaking sound the door made when you opened it, the first time I heard the characteristic music in Karazhan.

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I loved the haunted feeling, the design and all the small rooms and details you could find. The bosses were fun because they had different mechanics and their speeches and voices were so good. I can also remember the times we managed to get into the Karazhan Crypt which was so creepy. I always wished Blizzard would go back and make it into a raid. I would actually love it if Blizzard re-did Karazhan or made it a timewalk raid.

Which raid is your favorite and why?

Thank you, WoW Insider! Welcome, Blizzard Watch!

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Last week WoW Insider announced that they’re shutting down. I can’t remember when I first discovered their page but I’ve visited it almost daily for years. WoW Insider was one of my favorite pages to visit for news and information about WoW. I could always find something interesting to read like Know Your Lore, Breakfast Topics and The Queue.

One day back in July 2011 they even linked to my post about the Whispering Forest in their post about the same topic. I’ve never had as many visitors as that day, not before and not after. I got many new readers and followers thanks to them. That post is still my post read post and I keep getting hits from them till this day.

But from the ashes of WoW Insider rises Blizzard Watch, a new page run by the same staff and with the same writers as WoW Insider! You can read more about their new page here.

I want to thank WoW Insider for all the great posts and amazing stories you have shared with us over the years and thank you for linking to my post that day, it has meant a lot for my blog and me as a blogger. I wish Blizzard Watch all the best with their new page.