Words Worth Knowing

Words Worth Knowing: FOW

One of the most challenging aspects of video-games culture for a newcomer, especially for a busy parent, is trying to learn and understand the many, many acronyms and specialised terms. GameHub HQ entries are jargon-free, so you can get the information you need as easily and painlessly as possible, but there are still some words worth knowing. Every Monday, we break down one Word Worth Knowing from the world of gaming.

Last week we tackled FOV. This week, we look at FOW. Simiar, and yet different.

What It Is: FOW = Fog of War

What It Means: Fog of War is a convention used in many strategy games, whereby unexplored portions of the map are hidden under artificial fog. Only by venturing out into those areas can the player discover what is there and disperse the fog.

Why You Care: Fog of War allows game designers to hide surprises, tests and challenges for the player. Strategy games are all about the player planning and executing a series of winning moves, but the Fog of War forces the player to think of their feet and be reactive to new and unexpected events. An army may be lurking in the mists, or a new city waiting to be conquered. Fog of War keeps the player guessing and forces them to be prepared at all time. Games such as Warlock: Master of the Arcane use FOW mechanics to keep players on their toes.

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