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The Return of the New Gamer Dictionary!!!


Yes, that's right, the New Gamer Dictionary returns! For those of you who don't remember, NGD was a feature, hosted by Anthony Burch, that was presented in between segments of RetroforceGO!. In it, he would ask the listeners for a word or phrase that could go with a definition of a trope in gaming (yes, it's pretty much like TV Tropes, but before the site was popular). At PAX, I asked for Anthony's informal permission to bring the feature back, which he gave. So, I now present the "New" New Gamer Dictionary!

How will this feature work?

To keep the community-driven tradition of NGD, selecting an entry will be a two-part process. First, people will post their entries for the week's definition in the comments. In the following week's post, I'll select some of the best entries (3-5, depending on the amount of submissions), and people will be able to vote for their favorites. The week after, I'll post the results, and the winning entry will be "officially" entered into the NGD. Finally, at any time, community members can submit their definitions that might be used for the next (or future) weeks' entries. There's no limit on the amount of entries or definitions, so get creative and have fun!

This week's definition:

What do you call it when...

...due to forgetting to save before quitting or dying, you find that the last few hours of gaming were "wasted", so you quit playing the game for a few days/weeks/years to avoid having to repeat the same tedious/difficult tasks?

For example, you grind for a couple hours in a RPG, finding some rare items in the process, only to realize you you forgot to save before turning off the console for the night. You then switch to the newest FPS, get hooked into multiplayer, and pretty much forget about the other game.

For me, I'd call it "Dead Rising regret", since after having lost too many hours by not getting to a save point, I decided to put the game away and "come back to it later". It's been almost three years, and with all the games that have come out, I never found the motivation to actually play it some more. The same thing happened with GTA IV, Lost Odyssey, and a surprising amount of other games. Maybe the sheen of novelty wears out faster for me, or perhaps my attention span is simply too short.

How you can help.

If you happen to be listening to old episodes of RetroforceGO!, it would be great if you could jot down some of Anthony's NGD entries and send them to me. I'll add them to the NGD master list.

So, submit your entries for this week's definition, and any suggestions for future definitions, in the comments!
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About Guncannonone of us since 2:54 AM on 01.31.2009

Previous posts:

May Community Monthly Musing Recap
My expertise: Memorization, obsession and Star Fox 64 (Monthly Musing)
I suck at games: Confessions of an Item Hoarder (Monthly Musing)

Regular Articles:
Why Kinect Will Fail: The Name.
My own Listblog, but with some interesting categories.
(Relatively) Short Blog: Environment in Red Dead Redemption
Dr. Samit, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love SPORTS! (Monthly Musing)
The Airport: Last Refuge of the Arcade?
Ranking the Zelda series from my own memories
An Essay/Review of a Canadian History video game
8-bit remixes of Gundam music!
Rental Recollections: 7-7-7
Maniac Mansion: The TV Show

One Song...Many Remixes:
Volume 1: Mega Man X, Intro Stage

Video Game Mind Teasers (on hiatus until site upgrade)
Volume 15: Missing Edition
Volume 14: Touch Fuzzy Edition
Volume 13: SONIC EDITION!!!
Volume 12: Continuing Edition
Volume 11: Back to the Beginning Edition
Volume 10: Prizes Edition!
9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

My videos:
Bit Transmission!
Guile's Theme + They Live!

Community Activities:
Destructoid: A YouTube Search Story

History in Video Games: Roundtable Podcast

Personal Stuff:
Getting some classic SNES games!
Getting Mega Man Complete Works!

Deliberate Failtoid:
Why Battlefield 1943 is the worst game EVER!

Age: 23
Location: Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Profile: I'm a longtime gamer, and started playing video games during the transition from the NES to the SNES. Although I like retro games, I play mostly newer games on the 360. Still, my favourite gaming memories are from all-nighters filled with Goldeneye, Perfect Dark and Smash Bros. in the late 90s.

I'm looking for a career in public service, politics or other fields where research and writing are critical. Though, the closer it's related to games, the better.

I make videos, animated gifs, podcasts and all kinds of random stuff in my spare time. I'm also trying to develop my own gaming website (details coming eventually).

Systems: NES, Super NES, Gameboy, Gameboy Advance, Nintendo 64, Wii, Sega Genesis, Playstation 2, Xbox 360, PC, Colecovision (my dad's). Also, many other systems (including arcade) that I not emulate.

Some Favourite Games:
Retro (NES-SNES eta): Megaman 3, Super Mario World, Super Mario All-Stars, Sonic 3, Final Fantasy VI, Chrono Trigger, Robotrek, Illusion of Gaia, Megaman X, Lufia 1 and 2, Strider, Metal Slug, Twilight Zone pinball.

Retro Limbo (N64 era): Ogre Battle 64, Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie, Mario Kart 64, Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Mystical Ninja starring Goemon, Goemon's Great Adventure, Descent: Freespace.

Modern: Halo: Reach, Modern Warfare 2, Mass Effect 2, Bayonetta, Tales of Vesperia, Fallout 3, Bionic Commando Rearmed, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Metroid Prime 1-3, Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Zeta Gundam, Hearts of Iron II, Europa Universalis III, Civilization IV.

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