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Stupid game terminology

Some people simply can't call a spade a spade. Or, in the case of video games, call a health pack a health pack, instead of a multi-purpose, cosmic healitron 3000. And we’re glad they can't, as trying to give games extra context or dimension by pasting unnecessary and sometimes baffling terminology onto simple, every day game actions or objects is great. Below are some of the best examples. Now, where did we put our Flash Liquidizing Ultra Dousing Device? The windows need a wash.

Total Punch Control
As seen in: Fight Night
What is it? Punching by twiddling sticks

Strategic dismemberment
As seen in: Dead Space
What is it? Blowing bits off aliens



GeoMod technology
As seen in: Red Faction
What is it? Blowing holes in stuff

Total Swing Control
As seen in: Tiger Woods
What is it? Swinging by twiddling sticks

Bee Reflex Activation
As seen in: Bee Movie Game
What is it? A speed boost



Flash Liquidizing Ultra Dousing Device
As seen in: Super Mario Sunshine
What is it? A hose

Hyper-space propulsion pack with nuclear fission thrusters
As seen in: Cybernator (SNES)
What is it? A jet-pack

Poltergust 3000
As seen in: Luigi’s Mansion
What is it? A Dustbuster



FIFA First Touch Control
As seen in: FIFA 05
What is it? Stopping the ball by twiddling sticks

WE-PES 2009 Claw
As seen in: PES 2009
What is it? A football

The essence-capturing Gaamsav
As seen in: Outcast (PC)
What is it? A save system

Super powered space shuttle
As seen in: Super Breakout (Atari 2600)
What is it? A bat

Iridescent force field
As seen in: Super Breakout (Atari 2600)
What is it? A wall

PHosphoLuminescent AGent capsules that leak glowing liquid (PHLAG)
As seen in: F.E.A.R. 2
What is it? A flag (as in capture the PHLAG)

Game Select Matrix…
As seen in: Asteroids (Arcade)
What is it? Changing your number of lives

Foxhound Skull Suit
As seen in: Metal Gear Solid 2
What is it? Spandex

Laser Microphone tactical audio kit
As seen in: Splinter Cell
What is it? A mic

Space Window
As seen in: Star Ship (Atari 2600)
What is it? Your TV screen


Above: A chilling view into the future

Trimodal Ectosphere
As seen in: Captain Comic (MS-DOS)
What is it? A blob

Wii Zapper
As seen in: Link's Crossbow Training
What is it? A f**king lightgun

Tactical Assessment Computer System
As seen in: Duke Nukem: Zero Hour
What is it? A PC


Above: Nothing impresses Nukem's babes more than the Duke packing his BBC computer

Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System
As seen in: Fallout 3
What is it? Aiming

Hostile Action Rapid Messaging
As seen in: Body Harvest (N64)
What is it? Healing

Quarterback Vision Control
As seen in: Madden NFL 07
What is it? A line of sight

Centipede Attack Formation
As seen in: Centipede (Arcade)
What is it? A bunch of squares



Got any examples of terrible game terminology you want to share? Let us know in the comments below.

June 18, 2009


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58 comments

  • kaleb-mayhew - June 25, 2013 5:13 p.m.

    all righty then
  • PatHan-bHai - June 25, 2013 4:51 a.m.

    Meow!
  • Cheatmonkey - September 1, 2009 12:53 p.m.

    Feral Ghouls Game: Fallout 3 What are they? Ugly hunks of sh*t!!!
  • wiiking8 - August 2, 2009 12:40 a.m.

    You forgot about the gravity gun in Half-life 2
  • JakkValentine - July 30, 2009 11:39 p.m.

    Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device. As seen in: Portal What is it? A portal gun *First Comment Ever ^^
  • dukethepcdr - June 28, 2009 4:42 p.m.

    Funny article. One I can think of is "space modulator" in the Looney Toons games that feature Marvin the Martian such as Daffy Ducks Space Missions (why they didn't call the game Duck Dodgers since that's who Daffy is playing is beyond me)for the SNES. A space modulator is just a ray gun that Marvin uses. It stays true to the cartoons in which Marvin calls it that, but its still silly.
  • Mumb00 - June 26, 2009 8:39 a.m.

    Star Wars : Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords Severing your character from the force, therefore wounding it and creating ripples through it that allow your character to gain strength from killing ----> Experience points & leveling up.
  • CAPST3R - June 24, 2009 7:24 p.m.

    resi 5; las plagas, uroboros and all that. they're glorified zombies and fugly, aggressive bastards. and MGS the patriots a bunch of control freaks/1 piss-pot computer
  • Supremist77 - June 24, 2009 6:47 a.m.

    PAX Plasma Accumulator Cannon As seen in: Crysis Warhead What is it?: Big Ass Gun
  • Finklemeyer - June 23, 2009 12:55 a.m.

    Wii Motion Plus as seen in: E3 what it is: actual motion control
  • ninjasniperX12 - June 22, 2009 8:20 a.m.

    Ion cannon what is it? A giant F***ing laser cannon floating in outer space! Btw Lasers not arrows
  • linkganon - June 22, 2009 5:48 a.m.

    s3 plan (Solid Snake Simulation) or something along the lines of it from mgs2 what is it digital censorship or something like that stealth camouflage from mgs series what is it equipment, not camouflage
  • KillerPotato - June 21, 2009 10:55 p.m.

    wow...
  • Jputz69 - June 20, 2009 4:17 a.m.

    LOL Poltergust 3000 = Dustbuster awesome article
  • ReaperOfDarkness - June 19, 2009 7:52 p.m.

    I got a couple "casual" or "family fun" What it translates to is a travesty against mankind and an excuse for shovelware.
  • Biddy228 - June 19, 2009 5:36 p.m.

    Getting exercise from playing Wii As seen in: Anywhere that talks about Wii's What is it? A waggle stick
  • Zeipher - June 19, 2009 4:38 p.m.

    I would actually say: plasmids---> methamphetamine.
  • Life - June 19, 2009 1:34 p.m.

    Planet-based Shield Generator As seen in: Star Wars What is it? A plot mover
  • Grif - June 19, 2009 4:27 a.m.

    The super-colliding superconducting button in Portal. What, a big red button. The party submission position in Portal. What, lying down?
  • Apollomasque - June 19, 2009 1:22 a.m.

    -Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System (GLaDOS) -Portal -Really f**ked up computer

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