WoW Rookie: Gaming terminology 101

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Probably one of the top requests WoW Rookie gets from new players is a plea for an explanation of WoW and gaming terminology. Even a casual skim of WoW Insider's front page can prove challenging to new gamers. Example: what to experienced players is a routine update on new PTR schedules can be an exercise in frustration for readers who are still sorting out WTT from WTF. ("PTR? WTF?!?")

It's not just WoW-specific abbreviations and acronyms that puzzle new players. Add in gaming lingo and internet chat terms, and you have the recipe for a truly intimidating mix.

To the rescue: an encyclopedic assortment of lists of WoW, gaming and internet abbreviations, acronyms and lingo that steers you back into comprehensible territory. We've arranged our resources from the most basic to the most complete – you can choose how far you're ready to delve into the world of gamespeak.

The Compleat WoW Abbreviations WoW Insider's Eliah Hecht has assembled the need-to-know guide to making sense of chat in the World of Warcraft.

The Compleat WoW Abbreviations: Class-Specific Decipher specialized articles and forum posts about your class of choice.

Raiding Terminology Follow what's going on in your first raid by boning up on raid terms and concepts, from WoW Insider's Amanda Rivera.

Gaming Terminology A comprehensive guide.

WoW Acronyms WoW-specific acronyms.

WoW Acronyms 2 Another WoW-specific acronym listing.

WoW Abbreviations WoW-specific alphabet soup.

WoW Terminology Listings alphabetized in sections for letters A-M and N-Z. There's no Wrath of the Lich King material here – but then again, by the time you're high enough level to be playing in Wrath content, you'll have the matter of game lingo firmly in hand.

Glossary of Online Gaming Acronyms, Abbreviations and Slang A generalist's guide.

The Game Drone With categories for gaming lingo, First-Person Shooters (FPS), MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) and RTS (Real-Time Strategy).

All-Acronyms.com Including 457 acronyms tagged "video gaming" and 216 acronyms tagged "roleplaying gaming."

GTG -- GG, folks. BBL!

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