What's in a Tag?

Category: Leetspeak (13375p34k)

Examples: l31ade, b0ngzi11a, D34dly N1nj4, H34DRU5H, XxSWEETN3SSxX, KLZ g3rMzZ, Wh1TeSn4Ke, R1Pt3h5Y5T3m, xREL3NTL3SSx

"Leet" or "leetspeak" is a coded writing system that originated with computer hackers in the 1980s and has since been adopted as a popular form of communication among online gamers. It includes, but is not limited to, the substitution of numeric digits or special characters for alphabetic letters.

... And just by giving you that definition, we're out of the club. See, the last thing a leetspeaker wants is for the layperson - aka the n00b, aka their Dad - to understand what the hell they're talking about. They've elected themselves into elite, exclusive and altogether imaginary society where only the truly hardcore can mingle.

Ironically, all it usually takes to decipher this secret language is a slight squint of the eyes and a vague tilt of the head. Even more ironically, the gamers who use leetspeak are often the youngest and, therefore, the least experienced.

Dr. Frederiksen: "Exclusion is the foundation of this category. We know something you don't. By setting yourself apart as a member of an exclusive group that has specialized knowledge you can feel different and special. It is sort of the gamer's equivalent of the 'secret handshake.'"


  • Sizzler - October 16, 2008 10:32 p.m.

    Pope, yours is from the Pope's hat? I don't know. Lynx, yours is the Pop Culture refrence, because you used CKY, or the band "Camp Kill Yourself" (Better known as CKY) And, WH47 D0 Y0U M34N 13375P34K!? Also, mine is GOING to be Sizzler. And I don't see the refrence there. It stemmed from "SIZZLERSPERSONALPIKACHU" which I put for my Nsider username because I was going to Sizzlers that day, and I had to do something Nintendo related. I was also craving a personal pizza. I'm actually disgusted with what the name actually MEANS though, because, who would do such a cruel thing to suck a cute little electricity mouse? So would it be Pop Culture? But the name is just Sizzler. That could also fit under Sexual. Or, if you were thinking of melted flesh resulting from a flamethrower, that could fit into the Violence one. My first name is the CAPS category. So which one? I need help.
  • PopeRocket - September 27, 2008 6:10 a.m.

    ^I agree. A lot of people use 'leetspeak' to get names that are not available when spelled correctly. Now.. I will give 1 Internets to whoever can figure out where my tag comes from.
  • lynx987 - September 3, 2008 12:51 a.m.

    mines cky18200..........what does that mean
  • KatyaSchlacter - December 4, 2008 7:14 a.m.

    Mine is HouseMDfan, pretty simple really.
  • MyGameName - October 9, 2008 1:57 a.m.

    although it's not a LIVE gamertag but a PSN tag, what does mine fall into?
  • abovedefault - September 14, 2008 6:36 a.m.

    good article. Not completely right on the leetspeak one though. Ever heard of fatal1ty?
  • Cernunnos - April 3, 2009 10:50 a.m.

    i usually reference stuff i like. for instance a song, or a book. in the past ive been using Abysmal Corpse, and am currently using Phantasmagorial. both are hinting towards songs i like. my PSN is Eye-Licker, which yet again is a song from one of my fave bands. i do this mainly to maybe get a reaction from someone who recognizes it, just to see. no one has yet. XD lol Cernunnos is an ancient french god of hunting, a man with horns. it basically just means "the horned god." though i took it from a character in my favourite series of books. :)
  • Karnageous - March 27, 2009 12:03 a.m.

    I'm just gonna go out on a limb and say mine is in the violence category.
  • Mystery514 - March 18, 2009 2:07 a.m.

    Cool Article...but what would Mystery514 lie under?
  • willyfoureyes - March 10, 2009 10:38 p.m.

  • MightyCamaro75 - March 4, 2009 9:18 a.m.

    I love how they conveniently left out the Number One tagline all the kids use these days, "420", you know so kids will be able to tell how cool the other kids are by the fact that they smoke weed, or that they think they smoke weed. Seriously, you're gonna do one of these and leave that out, apparently no one at GamesRadar has actually played a multiplayer game on xbox live, if so you'd notice about 200 b0ngRiPP3rz420 a night(or whatever other retarded variation they come up with. Nice work, wimps.
  • Shadowrunner74 - February 21, 2009 10:16 p.m.

    Mine is based of my favorite RPG pen and paper game Shadowrun xbox gamertag= Shadowrunner74
  • - February 21, 2009 9:56 p.m.

    Mine is going to be AlphaKenny1,and I'll tell people to say it out loud.
  • Da-Ku - February 17, 2009 9:25 p.m.

    Kishou Tenpi - Decipher that Or if you wanna use my clan tag too Da-ku Kishou Tenpi
  • Roic13 - February 13, 2009 3:14 a.m.

    GUNMETALAK, if it wasn't all caps it would be Violence
  • IamZman - February 4, 2009 10:23 p.m.

    Donkey punch is sexually. Google it
  • VampRN - January 23, 2009 1:16 a.m.

    Vamp RN...I am a night shift (vampire) nurse (RN). Maybe under pop culture?
  • nyef - January 16, 2009 12:41 a.m.

    mines AKidOnHisCoUcH... i dont think i have a category, i was just on a couch at the time.. and...well, im a kid
  • Maxstats69 - January 14, 2009 6:53 p.m.

    Mine is Maxstats69 because I like to max out my stats and I like to 69 . . . .
  • YeAh_DuDe_I_RoCk - January 13, 2009 10 p.m.

    i know how you feel, i had to use stupid capital none capital

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