The Origins of Video Game Terminology

As the video game medium expanded, so did the terminologies that surrounded the game-playing experience. Words such as “1-UP” and “boss” which have been around since the early days, have now been joined by terms like “nerf” and “perks” in the gamer vocabulary.

Since the said words are used by gamers on a regular basis, it surely wouldn’t hurt to know more about them. Let’s take a look at the origins and history behind some of gaming’s newest and most enduring terminologies.

What other gaming jargon do you usually use? Do you know the origins of other commonly-used video game terms? Sound off in the comments below.