Well, I think we’re almost done here. I started this article series back in July thanks to my mother needing a little help understanding gamer speak. I’ve talked to her off and on over the course of this series and she’s told me that she thinks it’s helped her. I hope it’s helped others out there as well. Towards that end, we will be pinning this series, along with other articles and episodes of the Game on Girl podcast, that deal with the basics of gaming on the right margin of the GoG site. This way if you’re unsure of a term or needRead More →

I was originally introduced to the world of PC strategy games by way of Command and Conquer and spent many an hour on my mother’s computer playing it. Today, I hope to teach you a bit about my second video game obsession — Strategy Games: A game genre where the player acquires resources or territory, and manages their base and units to defeat the opponent. Typically, the player has an overhead view of the map or world they are playing on, similar to a board game.   More than any other type of video game, I feel that the strategy game best bridges the gap betweenRead More →

Today we are going to tackle the genre of shooter games. This is the genre that pulled me hook, line, and sinker into the realm of online PC gaming. (In this instance “PC” means Personal Computer and not Player Character.) Shooter Games: A game genre where the player’s avatar, either in first person or third person point of view, uses a weapon, typically ranged, to progress through missions or survive as long as possible in arena type settings against other players. The thing about either having seen a shooter played, or having played one yourself, is that it’s fairly easy to think that once you’veRead More →

In my last article I mentioned I would teach you to speak like a professional elf. So, let’s get to it, shall we? Role Playing Game: A game genre where the player takes on the role of the main character or guides a party of characters through a storyline in a fictional setting. Seems pretty straight forward. However, it seems to me that you could make that definition work for a lot of video games that you wouldn’t normally categorize as RPGs. So what makes an RPG an RPG then? In my opinion, it’s the fictional setting. When I think of all the RPGs I’veRead More →

So, recently my mother started checking out Game on Girl. She’s been gaming on PC since the good old days of Doom and Hexen. She still plays Diablo 2 from time to time, as well as various games on other platforms. She told me that she really liked my articles (thanks, Mom!), but that she didn’t always understand the jargon. So I thought it might be good to write a series of articles on gaming terminology, both for my mother (hi, Mom!) and anyone else who might be thrown off a bit by our use of jargon around here. I’m primarily going to stick toRead More →