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 map what do you need to know and why do you need to care?

What It Is: Map = The generic term for all the playable space the player can freely explore.

What It Means: The “map” refers to the footprint of the game world in games where the player is engaged in exploring, attacking, defending  and collecting activities.

Why You Care:  When you ask your son or daughter what they are doing in their game, they might reply with something like “I’m scouting the map for hidden collectables” or “I’m practising this map for when we next play online together.” To non-gamers, this use of the word “map” might sound strange, but it is the correct technical term and is nothing to be concerned about. Some games permit create and capable players to create their own maps to add to the game. If this is the case, it is recorded in the Creativity section of each game entry.

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