It’s Monday, and Words Worth Knowing is back! 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.

What is  an MVP? What do you need to know and why do you need to care?

What It Is: Most Valued Player = MVP

What It Means: MVP is a term used in online collaborative multiplayer gaming, as well as in offline sports such as football or rugby. It can be bestowed based on any number of statisical measures, or simply as a compliment. It is a measure of which human player contributed the most to an overall team effort.

Why You Care:  MVP is a coverted status, like any award of trophy, and occurs in recognition of an outstanding individual contribution to an overall team effort. It might be a simple count of Most Kills, Most Goals, Most Loot Collected or some other numerical measure, or it can be much more ephemerous  – the  player who spoke up to another about unreasonable behaviour, the player who solved a puzzle that was out-smarting the others, the player who gave a pep-talk to a dejected team, or volunteered to train and mentor a newbie. MVP is a status indicator, showing that the player works well with others as well as being skilful in their own right. MVP status usually lasts a single match, round or tournament, recognising good play “on the night.”

 

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