Twitch terminology and slang
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- Shoryuken’s glossary for fighting games
- Aiming down sight to shoot.
- Drawing the attention of a mob, making it notice or engage you.
- (Animation) cancelling
- Stopping an animation by interrupting it with another move or ability.
Some cancels reduce the duration of moves or abilities that still complete, while others cancel moves or abilities before they perform their full function.
Examples cases include chaining combos or faking out opponents in fighting games, and reducing reload time in FPSes.
- Area of effect: when an ability works or deals damage across a wider area.
- Idiot, terrible player—so bad they could be confused for an AI-controlled one.
- An expression of disgust.
- Damage over time. (HOT is healing over time.)
- EU (adj.)
- High quality or skill (contra NA).
Probably comes from Overwatch where the EU teams usually did better than NA’s.
- Flick shot
- Aiming and shooting someone with a rapid wrist or elbow movement.
(Compare to tracking.)
- The specific size and shape of a damage-dealing move or projectile determining when and whether someone is hit.
- The specific size and shape of a character determining when and whether they are hit by a damage-dealing move or projectile.
- Fired shots have no travel time nor curved trajectory; if nothing interferes with the path of the shot, the hit is confirmed.
(Compare to projectile.)
- In-game name. (Or the website.)
- Invulnerability frames are the duration of time or an animation where you don’t take damage.
Often used deliberately to evade attacks. Sometimes the only way to avoid them.
- When someone or something pulls a fast one on you. Portmanteau of Alex Jebailey’s last name and “baited”.
- Sarcastic and jocular indicator. Based on a Twitch emote with Josh DeSeno’s face.
- A variation of Kappa.
- Keeping mobs at a distance while you engage them.
- Southern stereotype.
- Exclaimed when landing a pro throw. (Like Kobe Bryant.)
- An expression of a … certain kind of excitement. Based on a Twitch emote with Hassan Bokhari’s face.
- Lag switching
- Deliberately taking advantage of netcode that favours high ping.
- Line of sight. Having unobstructed vision of someone. Also used as a verb.
- High-skill gameplay in reference to the Major Gaming League.
- Matchmaking rating. A game’s measure of your skill relative to others.
One MMR system is ELO.
- Nervousness and dread. Usually used in tandem with suffixes like “S” (monkaS) for the orignal sweating emote.
- Low quality or skill (contra EU). See “EU” for more.
- Shooting someone dead without ADSing or scoping, ie while hipfiring.
- Salute emote.
- Positive mental attitude. Not being toxic in videogames. Often used sarcastically.
- An expression of excitement or cheering someone on. Based on a Twitch emote with Gootecks’s face. Also used colloquially as Pog, Poggers, PogU.
- Fired shots have travel time and, usually, curved trajectories.
(Compare to hitscan.)
- Broken, poor quality.
Became a popular turn of phrase when VRChat blew up.
- Finishing off a downed enemy. Used in BR games.
- Aiming and hitting someone by following them with your FPS cursor.
(Compare to flick shot.)
- Time to kill someone with sustained shooting.
For a broader list of terms and concepts, check Wikipedia’s list.
- Shooting someone through a wall.
- Wholesome, adorable. Named after the BTTV emote.