Video games are among some of the best forms of entertainment around.

The industry is steadily growing, and the big three companies, Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, continue to output great hardware. This leaves the best software available to you wherever, and whenever, you
want.

Simply put, there is a great catalog of games out there right now.

Of course, video games are also a complicated industry.

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There is plenty to see and do within these games that often we forget about anyone new to the scene. For every person who’s been gaming their entire life, there’s two or three that have never played games, nor purchased their own console.

So, if you fit into the latter category, you probably have a long list of questions. That’s where our list of common game FAQ’s will come in handy.

You might take for granted the terminology and knowledge that goes into playing a game now, but if you haven’t touched a controller in years, or ever, there is plenty to catch up on beforehand.

Let’s look at some of the best ideas, terms, and themes surrounding the video game business.

SOME OF THE MOST COMMON GAME FAQS AROUND

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As we mentioned before, video games are their own beast.

Just like any industry, there is plenty of information out there that you might want to know before diving into your first match of Overwatch or first playthrough of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Here, you’ll see some of the most popular questions anyone unfamiliar to gaming may ask.

1. WHAT’S An FPS?

2. WHAT’S AN RPG?

3. HOW ABOUT RTS?

4. WHAT’S THE BEST GAMING CONSOLE TO OWN?

5. SO, WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FIRST AND THIRD-PARTY GAMES?

6. DO I NEED TO BE GOOD TO PLAY VIDEO GAMES?

7. WHAT’S THE BEST GAME OF ALL-TIME?

8. ARE THERE GAMES I NEED TO PLAY?

9. WHEN’S THE BEST TIME TO BUY VIDEO GAMES?

10. HOW DO GAME RATINGS WORK?

BONUS: WHAT DOES GAMEPLAY MEAN?

Gameplay is a term that describes how a game works.

This is one of the most-common game FAQs simply because the idea of gameplay as one word isn’t known to everyone.

The idea is that the gameplay of a video game represents how the game works, and what you’ll be doing in the process. So, if a game advertises something like “deep, customizable action-adventure game featuring
RPG-like mechanics and gameplay” they are telling you that title is going to play as an RPG.

It’s confusing, but you’ll see the word a lot within the industry.

LESS-COMMON GAME FAQS THAT YOU MAY STILL WANT TO ASK

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While there are plenty of questions that need answers regarding video games, there are those that represent a more targeted area of video gaming.

Whether that is the extra content associated with games, or simply talking about streaming, below you’ll find some complimentary questions and answers to clear up any confusion.

11. WHAT DOES DLC STAND FOR?

12. ARE E-SPORTS A REAL THING?

13. HOW DOES SOMEONE STREAM A GAME?

14. IS THERE A GAME FOR…?

15. HOW DO YOU BUY VIDEO GAMES ON THE COMPUTER?

16. DOES BUYING USED GAMES MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

17. SHOULD I TRADE-IN MY VIDEO GAMES?

18. WHAT IN THE WORLD IS A JRPG?

19. WHY ARE SOME GAMES CALLED “INDIE”?

20. MMORPG STANDS FOR WHAT EXACTLY?

21. CAN YOU EXPLAIN An NPC?

21. HOW ABOUT THOSE OPEN-WORLD GAMES?

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SOME COMMON GAME FAQS FOR MULTIPLAYER GAMING

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At some point, you’ll probably try to play a game online. Whether it’s through a subscription service, or your local internet service provider, chances are you’ll see some of these entries thrown around, becoming confused in the process.

We’re here to stop that from happening.

22. SOMEONE CALLED ME A “NOOB.” IS THAT GOOD?

23. WHAT’S A BETA IN GAMING TERMS?

24. WAIT, WHAT’S A SERVER?

25. SOMEONE JUST SENT ME A MESSAGE WITH THREE LETTERS “AFK”.        WHAT’D THEY SAY?

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NOW YOU HAVE A GRASP ON SOME COMMON GAME FAQS

Getting into gaming or having some knowledge of a new industry can be tough.

There are a lot of different terms to know, along with information that people within the industry often forget. While you don’t need to know everything about the hobby of playing video games, being aware of different bits of information can make getting into gaming easier.

Or, for those that care about gamers in their lives, it can make talking about the hobby easier. Plus, you can sound cooler in casual conversations now that you can pronounce what an FPS is or the difference between first and third-party games.

Hopefully, our list of common game FAQs can come in handy for you, either now or in the future.

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have a match to finish.

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