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 a Reticule, what do you need to know and why do you need to care?
What It Is: Reticule = In video-gaming terms a reticule is simply another word for cross-hair, or any fixed orientating mark imposed onto the centre of the player’s view. (Also spelled as “Reticle.”)
What It Means: The reticule provides a central focus point for the player’s view on the screen. This helps with targeting and keeping the player steadily oriented when moving at speed.
Why You Care: The reticule provides the player with a small reference point as to the location of the centre of their view. For many players this helps immensely with targeting and navigation. Other players find use of reticules to be immersion-breaking or visually cluttered, so many games give players the option to toggle reticules on or off. Some games allow players to customise their reticule into a different style, such as the traditional cross-hair, a simple dot, or something more fancy such as an arrangement of chevrons. In many games, the reticule will change shape in order to indicate to the player that a special action can be performed when interacting with certain in-game objects. For example, it is common for a reticule to turn red when over enemy characters and go green when targeted over allied characters, helping players avoid friendly-fire in the heat of battle.