Friday, February 6, 2009

Gamer Speak

I'll admit that there was a time when I played quite a bit of multiplayer online gaming (LAN games of Age of Empires when I was in college) but I've never gotten into this whole MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) thing that has exploded in the last couple of years. Obviously the forefront of this has been World of Warcraft, which has 11.5 million monthly subscribers. I'll admit, it looks fun. What I didn't realise was the short code language that has developed around the game.

This NBC Bay Area report highlights the oddness (sorry gamers) of how conversation has developed around the game.

Admittedly this guy is clearly hamming it up, and exaggerating the whole thing, but I have no doubt when he doesn't have his girlfriend in the room he becomes incomprehensible.

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