Gaming slanguage

GamingSlanguage

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?

My gaming regrets

Gadabout-Gamers-Link-Up

I recently discovered this new blog through Mama Needs Mana. It’s a blog called Gamerwife where Mariko writes about gaming, other geeky topics and anything else that interests her. She has a monthly link up on her blog called “Gadabout Gamers” where she choses a topic, writes about it, and then other bloggers can write a post about that topic. Last month’s topic was “Gaming regrets“.

There is only one big thing I regret when it comes to games. Something I did when I was 10-13 years old. I sold almost all of my Nintendo 64 games and my Playstation 1 with all the games. I think I sold the Playstation 1 first to buy games to my Nintendo 64. Then I sold Nintendo 64 games to save up money to buy the GameCube and games which was released in 2002 when I was 13 years old. I still got my Nintendo 64 console and my four favorite games The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda Majoras Mask, Banjo-Kazooie and Super Smash Bros. But I had so many other awesome games like the Mario Party games, Mario Kart, Super Mario 64, Diddy Kong Racing, Banjo-Tooie and more. I want to buy some of the games back some day, because I want to have them, play them again like I did when I was a kid, I got so many great memories from those games.
I might also buy a Playstation with all the old games I remember. Some of my favorite games were Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Medievil, Pandemonium, Tekken, Tony Hawk’s Skateboarding and Gran Turismo.

I remember how much I regretted selling all those games when I got older, so I didn’t sell my GameCube, Wii or any of the games, I still got everything. I haven’t bought the Wii U yet as I couldn’t afford it when I was released. Actually I still haven’t been able to afford all the Wii games I wanted, or the time to play and finish the games I already have. I want to pick up console gaming soon. As soon as we get a new apartment and a new TV. I want to finish The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword and buy the Wii U before The Legend of Zelda Wii U is released some time next year.

What’s your biggest gaming regret?

Gaming distractions

This week’s shared topic on Blog Azeroth comes from Oathblade of Info about WoW from the Altoholic who wants to know

We all like to do other things when we game. What do you do? Why?

When I’m raiding I usually don’t do anything else than playing and listening to people on ventrilo, or I sometimes check Twitter and Facebook during breaks, or YouTube or our tactics forum for a boss guide, or maybe other moonkins’ armory.

But when I’m playing solo like questing, dungeons or battlegrounds I like to listen to some music on iTunes or YouTube, and I might chat with some people on Twitter or give small updates on things that are happening and post a few screenshots.

Sometimes I also eat while playing or talk with friends on Skype.

Weird gaming habits

This week’s shared topic on Blog Azeroth comes from  Akabeko of red cow rise who asks

Most everyone has a routine for when they play WoW, but do you have any habits that are particularly eccentric? Do you always log out in the same place, try on other’s gear when inspecting, or obsessively spam a macro or trinket at weird times? Out of game, do you have to crack your knuckles every time you take a flight path, put on your PJs in order to really get into the game, or tab out immediately upon wiping?

It took a while before anything came to mind, but I found out I’ve many weird habits! Both in-game and outside the game while playing.

I often log on without any plan, and then I just check what friends and guildies are doing, but if they’re not doing anything special and I’ve none to talk to I start to fly around just to do something, or go into moonkin form and maybe use a Noggenfogger or something to get small and my moonkin hatchling out, and then run around like a headless chicken, often with my camera zoomed full in and look at all the people. I run or fly around with the camera like that looking for interesting things to take screenshots of, I have so many screenshots, wish I could post them all here.

I am very impatient in raids, and before pulls when the tanks are slow I target the mob/boss and strafe left right left right till they pull, or take small steps closer and closer, or detonate my wild mushrooms at people. Back when I was a tauren I used to /moo at people all the time.

I don’t know if this is called a habit or what it is, but if I ever meet an Alliance moonkin I have to /wave at him/her, I don’t attack, only if he/she attacks first, or not in BGs, but in the world.

Wherever I am in the world, when I’m doing something, like flying or running, I tend to open my map too much, like all the time, not to look for something, but.. I don’t know, I just do it.

When I play WoW I always sit on one of my legs, or I think I sit like that whenever I sit in a chair.. But when we wipe I always swap leg.

I always keep my headset on my head, not always on my ears, or maybe on one ear if I’m listening to something else like the TV or a movie on another computer, while playing.