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  k/d, what do you need to know and why do you need to care?

What It Is: k/d = Kill to Death Ratio

What It Means: K/D or k/d is a shorthand statistical measurement of a player’s effectiveness in online multiplayer games, tallying their number of successful kills against the number of times they have been killed.

Why You Care: k/d is only used in games where it is appropriate – multiplayer online shooting games such as Counter-Strike Source, Team Fortress 2 and games in the Call of Duty franchise. k/d is a tangible measure of a players skill –  a good player kills more than they die, a poor player the opposite. Players will invest considerable time in honing their skills in order to improve their k/d ratio over time, and will aim to improve with practice.

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