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 mob, what do you need to know and why do you need to care?
What It Is: Mob = A mobile enemy
What It Means: The term “mob” is an old-fashioned (for video-games) word for indicating a generic enemy which can move and has no particularly special features. Players are often assigned quests requiring them to kill a number of an enemy animal or person and collect items from their corpses for crafting purposes. The population of enemies will recover their numbers in order (“respawn”) to allow the player to repeat the quest over and over (“grinding”) to harvest rewards from these “mobs.”
Why You Care: The term “mob” had fallen out of fashion to a certain extent, but was revised by the explosive popularity of the online building and exploration game Minecraft. Though it was not originally an acronym, some players use Mob as a “backronym” for “Mere Ordinary Beast” indicating the creature has no special properties and so should be either harvested for resources or ignored by players.