I finally know what ‘ganking’ is thanks to PlayStation’s gaming glossary

Sony has released an ultimate list of gaming-related terms that highlights some of the most commonly used video game terms and slang.

You’ve probably heard a number of them over the years, but there are a handful of terms that are often reserved for specific game genres. “Ganking”, which refers to any in-game death caused by a group of attackers, isn’t something I’ve heard very often, and I’ve never come across the term “kiting”, the tactic of leading an enemy into an area more suitable for combat, either.

You can browse the full list of gaming terms from A to Z on the PlayStation website. Improve your general knowledge or simply find the answers to the questions you were too embarrassed to ask. Have you ever wondered what is the difference between RPGs, JRPGs, ARPGs and CPRGs? Well, wonder no more.

Conveniently, Sony has provided detailed explanations of each term and even included related phrases. For example, the definition of “loot” also directs readers to “drops” and “RNG”, which are closely related. Some terms are also backed up by specific in-game examples, like how Destiny 2 has an “endgame,” and “hit points” are a mainstay of RPGs like Final Fantasy.

While some gamers may not see the need for such a list, there are many people who may be confused by some of these terms that many of us take for granted. Again, if you don’t play particular genres like MMOs or first-person shooters online, you may not have come across terms like “aggro” or “camping” before.

Sony’s gaming glossary also includes explanations of technical terms like ray tracing, frame rates, SSDs, and PS5-specific tech like haptic feedback, so there’s plenty to learn if you aren’t aware of the hardware side.

Now you know

An Elden Ring player fighting a boss

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Sony’s gaming glossary is definitely welcome and should help make more gamers, young and old, feel more part of the community. Hopefully Sony will keep updating their list if new trends emerge, and that obviously doesn’t cover all game term there; there is no mention of dive bombing from Gran Turismo 7. This is where an opposing driver will deliberately drive another racer at high speed, knocking them off the track and potentially ending their race in the process .

Still, even if you’ve been a gamer for many years, there’s always something new to learn or something you might have missed in the general conversation, so at least now there’s somewhere you can refresh the lexicon of the game.

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