Gaming Jargon

So not everyone knows what all those abbreviations and acronyms mean right? And we get that! After all, we are called ‘How Do I Game’ and we intend to help as well as review, preview and rant. So we thought, how can we help? And here is a start… The Noob Guide to Jargon! This is just a list of abbreviations and acronyms in gaming which seem to be universally understood. It will take time to build up and it you have a good one, then tweet us @HowDoIGame or just comment!


FPS: First Person Shooter (e.g. Call of Duty, Battlefield, Halo, Counterstrike)

RPG: Role Playing Game (e.g. Elder Scrolls)

MMO and MMOG: Massively Multiplayer Online (Games) (e.g. World of Warcraft, Lord of the Rings Online)

MMOFPS: Massively Multiplayer Online First Person Shooter (e.g. Counterstike)

MMORPG: Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (e.g. Lord of the Rings online, World of Warcraft)

F2P: Free-to-play; this usually relates to MMOs which don’t require a paid subscription (e.g. Lord of the Rings Online)

ARPG: Action Role Playing Game

ARG: Alternate Reality Games

MOBA: Multiplayer online battle arena

ARTS: Action real time strategy

RTS: Real-Time Strategy

Open World: Open world games are games which allow the player to ‘free-roam’ as opposed to following an exact route (e.g. Elder Scrolls

RTT: Real time tactics

STG: Shoot ’em up (Otherwise known as ‘shooter’

TRPG: Tactical Role Playing Game

TPS: Third person shooter

TBS: Turn based strategy

TBT: Turn based tactics (e.g. Advance Wars [Gameboy and DS])


WOW: World of Warcraft

COD: Call of Duty

BLOPS(2): Black Ops (2) (May be seen with COD in front)

MW(2&3): Modern Warfare (2&3)(May be seen with COD in front)

WAW: World at War (May be seen with COD in front)

AC: Assassins Creed (Often followed by: AC2, AC: Brotherhood, AC: Revelations, AC3

Red Dead: Red Dead Redemption

GTA: Grand Theft Auto (The acronym may be followed by the name of the sequel e.g. GTA: San Andreas or GTA: Vice City)

GH: Guitar Hero

Elder Scrolls: This could refer to any of the Elder Scrolls series from I to V

Oblivion and Skyrim: This refers to The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

ME (2&3): Mass Effect (2&3)

DMC: Devil May Cry (Also followed by names of sequels)

Zombies: A game type on Call Of Duty (World at War, Black Ops (1&2)

SW: Star Wars


FTW: For the win

AFK: Away from keyboard (this may also be heard when console gaming and just refers to someone being out of play momentarily)

AFC: Away from controller

BRB: Be right back

E3: Electronic Entertainment Expo

GOTW: Game of the Week


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