Being the noob in a video game, computer game, or online game is hard enough. But, learning all the abbreviations and acronyms can feel overwhelming! Learn some of the most common gaming term abbreviations to help take you from beginner to expert.
Gaming Abbreviations and Acronyms for Beginners
Gaming System and Platform Abbreviations
You can play video games on handheld devices, home consoles, smartphones, computers, and pretty much anything that has a screen. The most popular gaming systems and platforms have common abbreviations that are used more than their full names.
360 - Xbox 360
3DS - Nintendo 3DS
DS - Nintendo DS
PC - Windows PC (Personal Computer)
PSX or PSone - PlayStation (first generation)
PS2 - PlayStation 2
PS3 - PlayStation 3
PS4 - PlayStation 4
PSN - PlayStation Network; Gaming Community for PlayStation
PSV - PlayStation Vita
XB1 - Xbox One
XBOX - Xbox One X
XBL - Xbox Live; Gaming Community for Microsoft’s Xbox
Abbreviations and Acronyms for Types of Games
Game genre abbreviations and acronyms help you understand what type of game you’re looking at playing.
ARPG - Action Role Playing Game; You become a character in an action game.
F2P - Free To Play; You can access basics of the game for free.
FGC - Fighting Game Community; This is the online community of fighting game players.
FPS - First Person Shooter; You are the character shooting and see from your view.
HOG - Hidden Objects Game; You find items hidden in a picture in this puzzle game subgenre.
MMO - Massively Multiplayer Online; Large number of players play together online in the same online world.
MMOG - Massively Multiplayer Online Game
MMORPG – Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game
MOBA – Multiplayer Online Battle Arena; You control a character on one of two teams in this RTS subgenre.
RPG - Role Playing Game; You become a character to interact or collaborate with others.
RTS - Real Time Strategy; You accomplish goals in real time.
SIM - Simulation Games; You train in a simulated version of real life.
TBS - Turn-Based Strategy; Players take turns choosing actions.
TCG - Trading Card Game; You play a digital version of a card game.
TD - Tower Defense; You build towers to stop an enemy from reaching a certain place and/or defend your towers from enemy attack.
TMG - Time Management Game; You complete an increasing number of tasks in a set time limit.
TPS - Third Person Shooter; You control the shooter character you see on the screen.
Abbreviations and Acronyms for Games
As gamers interact, they use game acronyms and abbreviations to share information about the games they love and hate.
Popular Game Franchise Abbreviations
Some of the most popular video game series are recognized more by their abbreviations than their official names.
AC - Assassin's Creed
AoE - Age of Empires
CoD - Call of Duty
D&D/DnD - Dungeons and Dragons
DA - Dragon Age
Dota2 - Warcraft III: Defense of the Ancients 2
ESO - The Elder Scrolls Online
FF - Final Fantasy
GoW - Gears of War or God of War
GTA - Grand Theft Auto
LoL - League of Legends
LOZ - Legend of Zelda
MK - Mortal Kombat
NFS - Need for Speed
RE - Resident Evil
SF - Street Fighter
TES - The Elder Scrolls
WoW - World of Warcraft
Game Rating Abbreviations
The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating on game packaging tells you the intended audience based on the game’s content.
AO - Adults Only; Ages 18 and over
E - Everyone; All ages
E10+ - Everyone ages 10 and up
EC - Early Childhood; Young children
M - Mature; Ages 17 and older
T - Teen; Ages 13 and older
RP - Rating Pending; Rating not assigned yet
Acronyms and Abbreviations for In-Game Features
Every game has its own unique features, but many use similar formatting to present them.
AOE - Area of Effect; The area where a weapon or spell is working
DLC - Downloadable Content; Add-on content that you download in addition to the main game
FOV - Field of View; What you can see
HUD - Heads-Up Display; On-screen information that helps you play the game
LAN - Local Area Network; Used to play multiplayer games online locally
LOS - Line of Sight; Direct view of your target
Mod - Modification; Update released after game came out that gives you more content
QTE - Quick Time Event; Cutscene you can’t interact with
Abbreviations and Acronyms for Actions and Stats
To be successful in any game, you’ll need to understand a few basic acronyms and abbreviations for things like your statistics in the game or specific actions you can take.
1-UP - Extra Life; You gain an extra life in the game.
Aggro - Attracting an aggressive response from an NPC
DOT - Damage Over Time; Your life force is drained over time.
DPS - Damage Per Second; Average rate of inflicted damage over time
HP - Hit Points; Indicator of your health
LvL - Level; Stage
MOB - Mobile Object/Monster or Object; Enemy trying to end your game\
MP - Mana Points; The amount of magic you have available to use
NPC - Non-Player Character; In-game character controlled by the computer or server
PC - Player Character; In-game character controlled by a real person
PvE - Player Versus Environment; You are pitted against the environment
PvM - Player Versus Monster; You are pitted against a monster
PvP - Player Versus Player; You are pitted against another player in the game
XP - Experience Points; Total experience your character has gained
Gaming Abbreviations for Player Communication
A great feature of most online games is that players can talk to each other in chat sections. Players use gamer lingo in the gamer chat to quickly type messages about cooperation, goods, and statistics.
AFK - Away From Keyboard
DC - Disconnect
BG - Bad Game
FF - Friendly Fire or Forfeit
FTW - For the Win
GG - Good Game
IGN - In Game Name
LFG - Looking For Group
LFP - Looking For Party
OMW - On My Way
TL;DR - Too Long, Didn’t Read
QQ - Crying
WTB - Want To Buy
WTS - Want To Sell
Get in the Game
True gamers know gaming has a language all its own. You can feel like you belong in any gaming community by learning some of the shorthand used by other gamers. Ready to get into a different kind of game? Read up on fantasy football abbreviations before joining your office pool!