In one of the online safety brochures Microsoft released there is a “Digital IQ” quiz which is supposed to test parents on how much they know about online gaming. Now I know everyone here is going to ace the quiz, but some of the multiple choice questions are amusing.
What is the difference between computer games and video games?
A. The main difference is that computer games are only playable on a PC. Video games are only playable on consoles. Really don’t put a PC game in your Xbox. It’ll just spin and won’t do anything.
B. Computer games are video games you play on a computer, rather than on a console or at the mall.
C. Both of the above.
What is online game playing?
A. A common symptom of a trouble online dating relationship
B. Online games are computer games most commonly played over the Internet. They can range from simple text games to those incorporating complex graphics, virtual worlds, and thousands of game players at the same time.
C. Business school jargon for walking on a tightrope.
In the back pamphlet is a small glossary of online gaming terms and their definition. Inside the brochure are:
Button Mashing – When the (usually novice) game player randomly presses all the buttons on a controller during game play. A method commonly employed when learning martial-arts based fighting games. Button mashing decreases as the player learns actual moves.
Owned – defeated soundly, or otherwise embarrassed. Synonym: pwned, schooled, housed.