What is the Gamer Jargon Web Site?
See the Statement of Purpose.
What is a “gamer?”
See the entry for gamer.
Can I submit a dictionary entry?
See How To Submit.
One of your definitions is wrong. What can I do?
You can say something in the comments for that entry; or you can visit How To Submit.
Didn’t this used to be www.gamerjargon.com?
Yes, from about 2000 to about 2004. We lost that URL. This new site was launched in August, 2012.
I’m looking for a gaming-related reference resource, like a weapons encyclopedia or a history of Middle Earth. Can you help me?
Can you help me contact a game company/game designer/convention host?
See the answer to the previous question.
I’m new to gaming. I have questions. Can you help me?
My first response would be…no. But if you send me your questions, and I have time, I will answer them to the best of my ability, or forward them on. If you never hear from me, it’s because I was too busy. But don’t get discouraged – maybe try BoardGameGeek?
“Gaming” means gambling games like Blackjack and Poker. Where the hell is the gambling info?
Gee, sometimes a word has more than one colloquial connotation. For instance, “innumerate” can mean someone with no understanding of mathematics, or it can mean someone who gambles in a casino. I’m sorry – what was the question?
Did you know that role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons promote Satanism?
Did you know that supernatural creatures like “Satan” don’t exist? Did you know that there is no global Satanist conspiracy? Did you know that the very idea of Satanism is racist and anti-Semitic? Did you know that the Earth is much older than 6,000 years old? Did you know that reciting bad poetry won’t magically solve your problems? Did you know that you are suffering from a mental illness, and need help?
My child is involved in role-playing games, and I’m concerned. Can you help me?
Um, sure, I guess. Write to me, and I’ll try to answer your questions. But chances are, if you’re writing to ME for parenting advice, then role-playing games aren’t the problem anyway.
Didn’t some Vampire LARP players get together and kill someone?|
So I hear. But you know what percentage of murderers claim to be RPG players? A statistically insignificant percentage. You know how many murderers claim to be Christians? Almost all of them. Therefore, murder is caused by Christianity. Suggesting that LARPs lead to crime is a fallacious syllogism, post hoc ergo propter hoc (look it up).
I contributed some jargon, and you included my submission on the site, but I didn’t get credit. What gives?
There are two possibilities. First, that I forgot to give you credit (this happens a lot). If I forgot, please drop me an email to remind me. The other possibility is that you didn’t include your real full name with the submission. This also happens a lot; and like everyone else on the planet, including the people who claim to be, I’m not psychic.