I think about a world to come where the books were found by the golden ones, written in pain, written in awe by a puzzled man who questioned, "What are we here for?" All the strangers came today and it looks as though they're here to stay.

-David Bowie "Oh! You Pretty Things"

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Guide to Video Game Lingo 8

1. Splash Damage (noun) - also known as radius damage; damage taken by players or objects in the area surrounding a point of weapon impact, most commonly by explosive or magic damage.

"If you blow up the barrel you can take out all three with the splash damage."

2. Strafing (verb) - to move a character from side to side while facing an opponent in order to dodge incoming fire and return fire effectively.

"Don't just stand still and take aim. Try strafing."

3. Knockback (noun) - also known as punting; an effect whereby an enemy is lifted off the ground and/or pushed away a certain distance

"I'm dying over here. Get this mob off of me with your knockback ability."

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