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Explaining the origin and escalation of our favorite gaming terms into lexicon.

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How a grisly cult thriller inspired gaming’s biggest genre

“Battle Royale”

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How Call of Duty inspired the internet's most sarcastic show of support

"Press F to pay respects."

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How Winston Churchill coined gaming’s most notorious business practice

“Crunch”

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How a 1960s literary movement inspired the biggest game of 2020

“Cyberpunk”

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How Call of Duty fixed a broken Dungeons and Dragons mechanic

"Prestige"

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How Assassin’s Creed Valhalla made a 40-year-old mechanic controversial again

"Skill Tree"

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How Among Us redefined one of the internet’s oldest abbreviations

"AFK"

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Everyone’s favorite Among Us catchphrase has a controversial past

"Sus"

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How a beloved video game style was spawned out of necessity

“8-Bit”

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How Genshin Impact made a despised video game genre irresistible

"Gacha"

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How Star Wars: Squadrons revived a classic video game meme

“Do a barrel roll!”

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How Hades revolutionized the most controversial genre in video games

“Roguelike”

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How a retro rivalry ignited the most heated feud in video games

Console Wars

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How fighting games inspired a bizarre meme on YouTube and Twitch

“Tier Lists”

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How Fall Guys reignited one of gaming’s most divisive arguments

"Tryhard"

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How gaming turned a Hindu concept into the internet’s most common feature

“Avatar”