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Epic Fail: The Journal of a Homeless Gamer

This is my journal I wrote during the time I was homeless. It is broken up by week for easier reading. Feel free to read it on the web or download the complete .pdf version and print it for reading offline.

buff - An in-game benefit which lasts for a certain amount of time, typically boosting statistics or abilities.

Blu-ray - The next-generation format for DVD capable of 1080p video resolution and uncompressed audio.

Champions Online - An online game involving superheroes. Official site

cheezburger - Cheezeburger. See: I can has cheezburger

DS - Nintendo DS, a handheld gaming system.

Destiny - An online shared world shooter created by Bungie.

Dread - A role playing game.

Elder Scrolls Online or ESO - A MMORPG set in the Elder Scrolls universe created by ZeniMax Online Studios in partnership with Bethesda Softworks.

EverQuest or EQ - The first 3d MMORPG, created by 989 Studios and Verant, and distributed by Sony Online Entertainment. Often considered the 'grandfather' to MMOGs although online games (Ultima Online and Meridian 59) existed prior to it, EQ was the first one to really become 'massive' in terms of player population.

Final Fantasy Xi Online or FFXi - A Final Fantasy based MMOG. Official site

Free Realms - A child and teen targeted MMOG by Sony Online Entertainment that will be free to download and free to play. Official site

hawt - lolspeak/leetspeak for physically beautiful. Often this also includes general attractiveness.

Hearthstone - A collectable (digital) card game by Blizzard Entertainment.

teh Intarwebs - lolspeak/leetspeak for The Internet.

Klingon - A warrior race in Star Trek (Classic).

LEGO Universe - A child to adult targeted MMOG by NetDevil. Official site

lolspeak / leetspeak - Originally a language used to hack, and to bypass text filters, this was adopted by gamers (I believe first used in strategy games) to distract and confuse the opponent. It also creates a comradery between players. Today it has become so mainstream in gaming it is often used as a silly or fun thing between some players.

Live Action Role Playing or LARP - A live action version where players act out what the characters are doing, creating sort of a mix of acting and game playing.

Lynch, David - A director / screenwriter / producer known for making odd films / shows, often just a bit askew from what is considered 'normal life'.

Michael Westen - The main character in Burn Notice.

Min/Maxing or Minimizing/Maximizing - The act of selecting talents, skills, abilities, or spells, for your character in a way that gets you the most effect for the smallest (point) cost in order to match your play style and desired build. When I say I am 'tweaking my character' this is most often what I'm doing.

MMOG - Massively multiplayer online game. A game where thousands of players log on at the same time and play together. Typically these have a monthly subscription fee.

MOBA - Multiplayer Online Battle Arena.

monies - lolspeak/leetspeak for "money".

Neverwinter - An instanced MMOG set in Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting.

noob, n00b, or newb - Short for "newbie". A person new (and unfamiliar) in a particular field or task.

nom - To eat, as in the sound you make when eating. Ex: "nom nom nom". See: I can has cheezburger

Nintendo Wii or Wii - The current Nintendo console.

PS3 - Sony PlayStation 3, a console gaming system.

PSP - Sony PSP, a handheld gaming system.

Pure Pwnage - An internet show about a pro-gamer which celebrates, and kind of makes fun of, the entire industry. Official site

pwn or own - To "own", to be victorious or more successful than another person.

Rift: Planes of Telara - A fantasy MMOG offering new kinds of dynamic content and class creation by Trion Worlds, Inc. . Official site

r0x0r or roxor - lolspeak/leetspeak for "rock". As per the expression "that rocks".

sex0r - lolspeak/leetspeak for "sex".

skillz - lolspeak/leetspeak for "skills". To have "leet skillz" is to be very skillful or knowledgeable in a particular field or at a particular task.

Star Wars The Old Republic - A massively multiplayer online game by BioWare and LucasArts set in the Star Wars universe. Official site

Tank or Tanking - A role in a MMOG where you are in charge of keeping the attention of critters the group is fighting. Your character has abilities and equipment that are designed to survive taking high amounts of damage. If you fail at this role the group can quickly get killed.

teh - lolspeak/leetspeak for "the". Adopted into the language as it is a common typo when typing quickly or without editing.

The Secret World (aka Dark Days are Coming) - A massively multiplayer online FPS game by Funcom set in an alternate present day that mixes magic and technology. Official site

Theorycrafting - The act of contemplating statistics in a game which are mostly invisible to a player in order to maximize your efficiency (without going beyond to a point where you are gaining too little.) When I say I am 'tweaking my character' only on very rare occasion am I theorycrafting. See related concept: Min/Maxing.

uber - lolspeak/leetspeak for someone who is superior. (Originated from the German language.)

Ultima X Odyssey or UXO - The next version of Ultima Online. The game was canceled and never released.

winz - lolspeak/leetspeak for "win". Ex: "Kill teh boss for teh winz."

woot - An expression of joy in lolspeak/leetspeak. Ex: "I just got free cookies, woot!"

World of Warcraft or WoW - Currently the most popular MMORPG. Official site

Xbox 360 - Microsoft Xbox 360, a console gaming system.

zomg - lolspeak/leetspeak for "oh my god".

TV show links

24 on Fox

24: Redemption on Fox

A-Team, the on Hulu

Big Bang Theory on CBS

Bones on Fox

Buffy, the Vampire Slayer not aired, owned by Fox

Burn Notice on USA network

Castle on ABC

Doctor Who originally a series on BBC, now also airing on Sy-Fy (formerly Sci-Fi)

Dollhouse on Fox

Eureka on Sy-Fy (formerly Sci-Fi)

Fringe on Fox

Ghost Hunters on Sy-Fy (formerly Sci-Fi)

Greg the Bunny on iTunes and DVD

the Guild online and DVD

Hell's Kitchen on Fox

Heroes on NBC

House on Fox and USA

How I Met Your Mother on CBS

Hulu a place to watch TV shows online

Knight Rider on NBC network

Macgyver on CBS

Monk on USA network


No Ordinary Family on ABC

the Office on NBC

Psych on USA network

Sanctuary on Sy-Fy (formerly Sci-Fi)

Secret Diary of a Call Girl on Showtime

Supernatural on the CW

Survivor on CBS

Star Trek on various networks

Star Wars: The Clone Wars on the Cartoon Network and the Star Wars website

Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis on Sy-Fy (formerly Sci-Fi)

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles on Fox

True Blood on HBO

Twilight Zone on Sy-Fy (formerly Sci-Fi)

the Unit on CBS

Warehouse 13 onSy-Fy (formerly Sci-Fi)

WCG Ultimate Gamer onSy-Fy (formerly Sci-Fi)

Other links

Comments and stuff Copyright E. Stryker 2008-2015
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