GG? FTW? RNG? WTF? What Gaming Terms Really Mean And How To Use Them Daily

Are you a n00b at understanding gaming lingo? Feel like you're pwned by all the pros? Don't worry, we'll make sure that you won't suffer brain lag and you'll understand all these at the end. Achievement unlocked!

  • 1. Achievement Unlocked

    • Origin: "Achievement unlocked" is the official phrase used on Microsoft's Xbox 360 console. The phrase appears on the screen after the player has accomplished a specific in-game task.

    • How it's used in real life: To express a feeling of satisfaction after completing a difficult task.

    • For example:
      Bro 1: "Bro, I finally got to ask her out for dinner!"
      Bro 2: "Dang! Achievement unlocked for you already lah! Congrats!"

  • 2. n00b, newb or noob

    • Origin: There are differences between n00b/noob and a newb. A newb is someone who is relatively inexperienced in a game or a topic but is willing to learn to be better. A n00b/noob on the other hand is someone who is inexperienced but has no will to learn from their mistakes. They are usually defensive.

    • How it's used in real life: The term is regularly used to tell off someone to buck up or as an insult.

    • For example:
      Scenario 1
      Alex: "Eh bro, can you not be such a newb? Learn how to pass the ball properly lah next time!"
      Carl: "Okay lah, sorry man. Long time never play already."

      Scenario 2
      Alex: "Eh, why you so lousy wan? Noob lah you!"
      Carl: "What to do, I'm stuck with similar players here like you!"

  • 3. FTW!

    • Origin: Often used by eSports and sports commentators, FTW represents For The Win, a term which where the player is expected to win.

    • How it's used in real life: For The Win! The exclamation point is optional but preferred. Used as a general expression of enthusiasm.

    • For example:
      "This cendol on a hot sunny day is FTW man..."

    • Note: This is not to be confused with f** the world.

  • 4. Pwned or pwn

    • Origin: This originated in an online game called Warcraft, where a map designer misspelled the word "owned." When the computer beat a player, it was supposed to say, so-and-so "has been owned." But instead it said so-and-so "has been pwned."

    • How it's used in real life: It basically means "to own" or to be dominated by an opponent or situation, especially by some god-like force.

    • For example:
      Selangor fan: "Why are you looking so sad man?"
      Kelantan fan: "My team kena pwned by JDT last night lah. So sad..."

  • 5. GGWP or GG

    • Origin: A term in the game DOTA which basically means "good game, well played". It is usually said after a round or match of a game as a show of good sportsmanship.

    • How it's used in real life: GGWP can be used to either signify "game over" or to congratulate the opposing team for a game well played. Can also be used as GG. Very similiar to "Win liao lah".

    • For example:
      Guy accidentally spills some curry on the shirt of a girl he really likes.
      Guy friends: "Oh no, GGWP"

  • 6. Lag or lagging

    • Origin: A connection glitch which results in a delay in a response in a computer or video game.

    • How it's used in real life: The word lag is often used as an easy excuse to cover one's mistakes or slow response.

    • For example:
      Teacher: "Bryan! Why does it take so long for you to answer that question!"
      Bryan: "Oh, my brain lagging lah teacher. I didn't get enough sleep"

  • 7. RNG

    • Origin: The acronym for Random Number Generator, an algorithm that determines all moments of chance in a Role Playing Game. It determines all hits, dodges, critical hits, stat gains, and item drops, among other things.

    • How it's used in real life: The term "RNG" is frequently used in conversation to mean "luck" or "lucky", as in "bad RNG" and "good RNG".

    • For example:
      Gambler: "Wahlao, how come you can get 5 blackjacks in a row!"
      Dealer: "I've got good RNG man. Deal with it."

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