Online Game Terms That You Should Know
If you play games and join into a community, then it is quite common that you will find some terms in the game. Here are the terms in online games that you must know.
Online games are a type of game that is played online via the internet. In online games, players can connect with other players from all over the world. Nowadays, many online games are also found on mobile devices, such as Genshin Impact, PUBG, Mobile Legends, and many more. Online games on mobile devices have become very popular lately due to several reasons, one of them is the accessibility. Most people carry their smartphones with them wherever they go, allowing them to play anytime and anywhere as long as there is an internet connection. In addition, online games on mobile devices are designed to be played in a short period of time, making them suitable for people who are busy and have little free time.
Online games on mobile devices are usually free to play and have social features, either in the form of in-game groups, or communities on a particular platform to share tips and experiences with other players. If you followed the previous post or join a community, you will encounter some terms or jargon, like “Gacha” and “F2P”, what does that mean? In this post we'll discuss some terms in online games, which you may have heard of, but you don't know what they mean, especially those that are often used in online games on mobile devices. Let's get started
- Gacha: Gacha is an in-game mechanic where players must use in-game currency or pay with money to obtain virtual items or random characters in the game. The term of Gacha comes from vending machines invented in Japan that are similar to slot machines found in casinos.
- F2P: F2P stands for “Free to Play”. If a game is said as a F2P games, then the game can certainly be played for free, such as the games mentioned earlier. However, even though they are free, games like these are not completely free because it usually contains ads, gacha features, and other in app purchases. If a game is said to be F2P Friendly, then the game can be enjoyed and completed with your own skills without spending any money. While for F2P players means players who have never spent any money on the game.
- P2W: P2W stands for “Pay to Win”. This term usually appears in a free to play game where the micro transaction is very profitable. So that the player who spends money in the game will become strong compared to the usual player. While to speed up a progress, usually called Pay to Fast. If a game is said as a P2W game, then the game has a bad game balance, where the players will be forced to spend a certain amount of money in order to compete. A player who has spent money on a game, no matter how little it is, then it can be said to be a P2W player.
- P2E: P2E stands for “Play to Earn”. This P2E game is the opposite of P2W, which means that a player can get some money by just playing the game. P2E games usually use NFTs and specific cryptocurrencies, for example, Netmarble's Ni No Kuni game with Marblex cryptocurrency. Even so, to get money from P2E games is not easy, usually need a large enough initial investment at the beginning of playing before you can get money and recoup the investment. Also keep in mind that the amount of money earned is highly dependent on the value of the cryptocurrency used.
- Whale: Whale is an animal that is considered the biggest animal at this time. Therefore, P2W Players who make transactions with incredible amounts, are often referred to as whale. Keep in mind that a whale in the game is not always a rich person in the real world. It's just that they dare to spend a fantastic amount of money for a game. It could be the pursuit of a specific event, the desire to be the number 1, the presence of a favorite character, and many other reasons.
- PvP: PvP stands for “Player vs Player”. PvP is a competitive mode in the game that allows a player to compete with other players. Although not all games were originally designed for PvP, but because of the amount of competition and various things, it is quite common for developers to provide space for players to compete directly.
- PvE: PvE stands for “Player vs Environtment. The environment here is referred to an AI which is part of the environment in the game, which can be an enemy or monster to be defeated by the player so that the player gets certain rewards. The harder the opponent, the greater the reward.
- Powercreep: This term refers to the behavioral tendency of games to get stronger and stronger over time. Powercreep occurs when game developers introduce new characters or items that are stronger and more powerful than the previous ones. This causes the old items or characters to become irrelevant or useless in the game as they are replaced by the new items.
Those are some of the terms in online games on mobile devices, if you have questions or other terms to discuss, please write in the comments column. See you later 😊