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OK so every
subculture and or craze develops its own very distinct language. The Surf culture for instance or Snowboarders, Rappers even The Boy Scouts, and Video gaming back in the 80's was no different.
Below are some key terms and words that all true fans will remember with joy.
If you have your own phrases and words to add to this glossary then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org we would love to hear
from you and then of course add them to the list below.
n. OK a no brainer
n. you and me
n. cunning UFO in Defender, fast moving and usually spelling death
n. one of various interchangeable terms used to describe a certain position in a game [STN: level, stage,wave]
n. the currency of arcades, usually 10p, change was usually obtained from
change machines 10 credits to the pound
n. de risible aliens in any game that were particularly annoying
n. a condition of the thumb resulting from overuse of the tiny joystick over
a sustained period on this game
n. a two-player game, usu. prefaced by "Wanna play?"
n. a momentous event, usu. sending the lucky recipient into euphoria [Example: "When I found out I got an A on my Maths exam, it was like someone giving me a free game of Defender."
n. that annoying git who will never give up his place on a game to someone
else, usually piles credits up on the cabinet or pre-inserts them, usually
wearing glasses and sad trainers
n. what no game addict wants to read or hear, but inevitable on every game.
Immortalised in the film Aliens, Game over man! Game over!
one more go n. an addict who has lost the plot, often uses this term to justify spending
his last credit. Usually resulted in the gamer being penniless and late home
for tea and subsequently in trouble with the parents, very rarely led to the
High Score being achieved either
jostle your joystick
n. a nasty display of addiction of the worst kind
n. Robotron King, King of Pacman, a term for the most accomplished player
on a particular game or the man who rules the roost in a particular arcade
n. where you are at in a game
n. one of various terms used to describe the icon you control on screen
n. term used to describe your ship or character on the screen, or how many
men you have left at the bottom of the screen
n. tennis elbow caused by protracted use of the joystick
pick a pet
n. one of my local arcades cunningly disguised as a pet shop, it did not fool
parents who knew what really went on there
n. a video-game addict no longer in control of his or her credit-dispensing "on/off" switch
voulez vous me changé ce-si
n. badly spelt French for 'Can You Give Me Some Change Please'. The only phrase
I learnt in France while on holiday so that I could get credits to play the
arcade game in the clubhouse
relentless attacks of aliens as in Galaxian