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 what do you need to know and why do you need to care?
What It Is: FTW = For The Win!
What It Means: FTW as an acronym has a number of origin stories. Most commonly, it is understood to originate from a TV game show called “Hollywood Squares.” The phrase has been co-opted into gaming, with a usage similar to “yay”” or “woohoo!”
eg: “A new update has been released for my favourite game, FTW!”
Why You Care: FTW is generally used as a popular short-hand way of expressing excitement, often as it becomes clear over the course of a match that one team is going to triumph over another. It can be used ironically or sarcastically too. FTW also has a less salubrious alternative meaning, allegedly originating with U.S. biker gangs, namely “F*** The World.” Clarify with your children which version they are using in their games and online chat conversations.