Sony has published a PlayStation video game dictionary

Gaming does love its acronyms (pic: Sony)

Gaming can be a pretty confusing concept for those with little experience and so Sony has released their first official dictionary.

Gaming has been a mainstream hobby for over 40 years now and apart from anything that’s meant a long time for it to build up its own lexicon of terminology, a lot of which is completely unintelligible to anyone that doesn’t play games.

That fact is often forgotten by many in the games industry and so Sony has put together its own gaming dictionary to try and explain some of the most common, but least obvious, terms – from PvP to ray-tracing.

It’s detailed enough that some of it will still be useful to regular gamers, even if, inevitability, there are some omissions and inaccuracies.

Some of the terms are a bit outdated (we haven’t heard anyone use the word ‘noob’ in years) and some descriptions miss the point a bit, such as the frame rate one which fails to mention that its primary value is the fluidity of the controls, not the on-screen visuals.

Also, CRPG means computer role-playing game, not classic role-playing game, but other than that most of the list is pretty accurate and useful.

Although we’re surprised that co-op isn’t mentioned, as that’s always one we end up having to explain, even though the concept is obvious once people realise what the term means.

The attempt to explain genres is rather haphazard, with the dictionary already expecting you to know what a fighting game and MMO is. It also goes into great detail about the different types of role-playing games, while ignoring things like MOBAs completely.

It’s often difficult for someone immersed in gaming culture to realise what aspects of it are most confusing to outsiders, but this does a reasonable job of explaining the basics and it’s going to be interesting to see how heavily Sony promotes it.

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