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 Ganking, what do you need to know and why do you need to care?

What It Is: Ganking = “Ganging up” on a weaker player.

What It Means: Ganking is a descriptive term, referring to the act of stronger, more able players “ganging up” on a weaker one. Though sometimes an act of fun, ganking is often a form of low-level online bullying, in which a player is attacked unrelentingly and thus prevented from participating fully in gameplay.

Why You Care: Ganking can be a malicious action which causes the target player upset. Being “insta-killed” over and over by a far more powerful player prevents the victim chasing objectives in the gameplay proper. Players who are subjected to ganking in online multiplayer games should be encouraged to switch to another match with more friendly players if they are becoming frustrated or upset.

PS: According to some, today it National Video-Games Day, so why not celebrate by playing a family favourite together with your children? It’s not quite clear which nation is celebrating this very important holiday, so we thought we’d jump on board anyway, just to be safe. Go, game!


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