News

Every Gamer is Bilingual

| 30 Sep 2009 14:00
image

You might not realize it, but if you're a gamer, you're fluent in a foreign language.

You may have a second or even third language already - maybe English or Japanese or Dutch - but if videogames are a big part of your life, you also speak Gamer, a language unto itself. It's a language that can help us translate everyday situations into terms and scenarios that we can better understand. Pat Miller provides an example in Issue 221 of The Escapist:

Navigating the dos and don'ts of your love life is hard for anyone regardless of vice or vocation, and it's where many people start talking in Game. Allen and I have done this for as long as I've known him, usually mixing metaphors from fighting games. He came to me once while agonizing over his feelings for a girl during a Marvel vs. Capcom 2 session. "Should I rush this chick down like Magneto?" he asked. "She's got the Captain Commando anti-air assist."

Translation: "Should I chase this girl? She's got some wingmen/women that might get in the way."

"Tag Storm in and build meter," I told him. "Bait the assist and punish. Then rush down. You're ahead on life - don't make stupid mistakes."

It's a bit of an extreme example, but if you've ever said "Ding!" instead of "Happy birthday," told a friend "Grats!", or rolled your eyes and uttered, "QQ, noob," you've spoken in Game yourself. Personally, I tend more toward tabletop references; adding bacon is +10 to tasty, while a visit to the gym is buffing your fitness stat. Read the rest of The Language of the Game and be sure to share your personal examples of speaking the language.

RELATED CONTENT
Comments on