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Game Industry Acronyms #3

December 19, 2007

Games and In Game

  • ZBC  = zero bug count
  • GMC = gold master candidate
  • THAC0 = to hit armor class zero
  • MMO = massively multiplayer online (+G = game, +RPG = role playing game, etc)
  • FPS/fps = first person shooter/frames per second
  • RPG = role playing game
  • RTS = real time strategy game
  • XP = experience points
  • STM = stamina
  • HP = hit points
  • DEX = dexterity
  • STR = strength
  • INT = intelligence
  • VIT = vitality
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 19, 2007 8:51 pm

    Whee, lists are fun.

    MUD = multi-user dungeon
    MMOG = massive(ly) multiplayer online game
    MMORPG = MMOG + roleplaying
    CRPG = computer roleplaying game
    FRPG = fantasy roleplaying game
    SAN = sanity level/points
    MP = magic/mana points, or multiplayer, or movement points
    NPC = nonplayer character
    AI = commonly an NPC or adversary entity/unit itself, or intelligent behaviors, or “artificial intelligence”
    DM = deathmatch
    SP = single player
    IGF = Independent Games Festival
    RC = release candidate
    QA = quality assurance
    FMV = full-motion video
    CG = computer-generated imagery

  2. December 19, 2007 10:43 pm

    BLR = Beautiful List Rich.

    Thanks!

  3. December 20, 2007 12:20 pm

    That list reminded me of a couple others:

    JRPG = Japanese-style RPG (i.e. Final Fantasy-like). I’ve used CRPG to describe this (Console RPG) only to be told that CRPG is actually *any* RPG on computer, including the PC RPGs that are more similar to D&D than Final Fantasy.

    AO = Artificial Opponent (AI is the behavior, AO is the player). AI is often used for both, but I’ve seen AO in design discussions where the distinction is important.

    FPS = Frames Per Second… but only sometimes.

    NES, SNES, GC, DC, GB, GBA, N64, DS, PS/PSX/PS1/PS2/PS3 = various consoles that lend themselves to acronyms. Presence or absence of an acronym seems to be uncorrelated with success of the console.

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