Getting Into Gaming: The Basics

Updated: Aug 24, 2019

So you have decided to start playing video games? Remember you don't have to be a kid to enjoy playing video games, so put yourself out there and try a few different games. The gaming world can be quite complex and confusing to a beginner so I wrote this post as a guide to help you are just starting out. It may be a bit of a read but I hope it all helps.


  • Action -Are games that require you to use quick reflexes, accuracy and timing to overcome obstacles, usually have a lot of combat.

  • Shooter - Are games that are primarily focused on projectile weapon combat.

  • Action-adventure - Are games that require you to do things such as exploration, item gathering, simple puzzle solving and some combat.

  • Adventure - Are games that require you to solve puzzles by interacting with the environment and people around you in a non-confrontational way.

  • Role-playing - Are games the put you in the role of one or more characters with a specific skill set while following a predetermined storyline.

  • Simulation - Are games that closely simulate aspects of reality.

  • Strategy - Are games that require skillful thinking and planning to achieve victory.

  • Sports - Are games that make you play competitively on or or solo against an an opposing team or player.

Terms & Abbreviations

AFK - Away from keyboard

ASAP - As soon as possible

ATM - At the moment

BBL - Be back later

BBS – Be Back Soon

BIO - Going to the bathroom

BRB - Be right back

BTW - By the way

BYO - Bring your own

DC - Disconnect/ed

DPS - Damage per second

FPS - First person shooter

FPS - Frames per second

FTP/F2P - Free to play

FTW - For the win

FYI – For Your Information

GG - Good Going

GJ – Good Job

GL - Good Luck

GRATZ - Congratulations

GTFO – Get the @#%& Out/Off

GTG - Got to go

IDC – I don’t care

IDK – I don't know

NTY – No, Thank You

IMHO - In my honest opinion

JK - Joking

L337 - Leet/Elite

LFG - Looking for group/guild

LFP - Looking for party

LOL - Laughing out loud

MMO - Massively multiplayer online

MMORPG - massively multiplayer online role-playing game

MOBA - Multi online battle arena

NOOB/NEWB - New player/Inexperienced

NP - No problem

NPC – Non-player character

NVM - Never mind

OMG - Oh my god

OMW - On my way

OTW - On the way

P2W - Pay to win

PVP - Player vs Player

PVE - Player vs Environment

PWNED - Owned

RL - Real life

ROFL - Rolling on the floor laughing

RPG - Role play game

STFU - Shut the @#%& up

TTYL - Talk to you later

TY - Thank you

TYT - Take your time

TYVM - Thank you very much

WB - Welcome back

WTB - Want to buy

WTF? - What the @#%&

WTG - Way to go

WTS - Want to sell

WTT - Want to trade

YW - Your Welcome

Types of Gamers

Casual Gamer

  • Play less frequently than other gamers

  • Take longer to complete games than others

  • Less likely to own a console

  • Broader range of interests than casual gamers

  • Less competitive than hardcore gamers

  • Less likely to be playing games with long quests

  • Less likely to complete a game to the end

  • Prefer action games

Hardcore gamer

  • Can be very competitive

  • Often have the latest consoles/PCs

  • Usually tech savvy

  • Prefer games with depth/complexity

  • Often participate in gaming communities/forums

Retro gamer

  • Prefers retro/arcade games

  • Often called classic/old school gamers

  • Usually like collecting retro/classic game memorabilia

  • Often participate in gaming communities/forums

Professional gamer

  • Tech Savvy

  • Often have the latest consoles/PCs

  • Competitive/plays in competitions/at events

  • Some are sponsored by companies

  • Prefer games with depth/complexity

  • Often participate in gaming communities/forums

The Good & The Bad

No matter where you go or what you do in life there will always be good and bad people, same goes for when you are gaming, there will always be those who try to help new players and those ho try to make you feel really bad and not want to play. So before you start playing any game you need to be prepared to shut those people out, though words are just words, some time words can make you not want to play but you shouldn't let others stop you from doing something you enjoy. Also if you do come across one of those nasty people remember most games have a block button.

Solo or Team player I have personally been in a few guilds across multiple games where I got very little help but was required to donate a lot of my findings to remain apart of the guild. So make sure you look around before signing up and don't be afraid to ask about what you will get in return for your contribution. If you find yourself in a group that is not very beneficial then don't feel like you're obligated to stay after all you are the one paying for your toon and putting all the hours in.

Whether you play your games solo or join a team is entirely up to you, though for some games being in a team does have it benefits, in others it has its downsides. Finding a good guild/clan/group/team can be tricky, you need to be in one that benefits both the members as well as the guild as a whole otherwise you will find yourself questioning whether it would be better just going solo again.

Safety (For Younger Gamers Especially)
  • Never give out personal information

  • Never use your real name

  • Never share your passwords

  • Never meet strangers you meet online

  • Never use webcam when gaming

  • Use avatars instead of your real picture

  • Learn how the block feature works


Games were made for personal enjoyment, so if someone is bothering you, block them. No one should stop you from doing what you enjoy(as long as it legal). So whether you chose to play video games or not is entirely up to you. Just remember to have fun, be safe and play your games the way you want to.

I hope that my guide has been of some help to you.

Have any advice for new gamers? Please feel free to leave it in the comments below

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