Terminology of NGG
"Triple A", a reference to the percentage a game gets in professional reviews. Although a true AAA game scores an average of 90% or higher in its reviews, many NGGers consider any game on their favored system, or any game made by their favorite developers, to be AAA; as such the term is constantly abused. AAA can be extended to any type of noun: for example, "(Name of Poster) is an AAA gaming pal!" or "My new car is AAA". "AAA" can also be injected into titles of game, used in much the same fashion (example: "Our the CrAAAckdown will be GotY!"). Other variants have popped up, including FFF(a flop/crappy game) and SSS(amazing, better then AAA game)
An intentionally grammatically-incorrect way of saying "___ is crying". While the phrase is most often invoked when referring to a another user, it can refer to a wide range of other things, including professional reviewers, game companies, or review sources. If something "am cry" then it is likely in a distressing or perilous position, or simply seen as being in one--say, a blatant and outspoken troll who has just had his argument disproved by an official document. Another case where this phrase would be used is if a larger entity, such as a game company, were in a bad situation (example: "Sony am cry," referring to the Playstation Portable's lackluster performance in the handheld market).
A fad started orginally by themaelstorm. Basically he claimed that having a PSN ID in your sig was the official buyer's remorse tatoo of NGG. This caused a massive outbreak as people DC'd it and yelled. It evolved into a fad, where anybody who made topics solely for praising the PS3 were accused of having buyer's remorse. Several tools retaliated by doing the same to Wii and 360 topics, but were ignored. Buyer's Remorse is now used as "Buyer's Remorse flopiX" as a smartass way of making a TC look dump, just like tl;dr and what not.
Damage Control is a classic term on NGG. While the actual meaning of "damage control" is to cover up or have/produce an explanation/excuse for a genuine mistake, it has a radically different definition on NGG--to "damage control" is to provide any counterargument whatsoever, regardless of depth or validity, and as such the term is used quite liberally. Damage Control is commonly abbreviated as "DC".
Gaming Pal (or "GP")
A very popular and prevalent term on NGG. It was coined by Nicholas23, who would use it to address anyone on NGG who owned the Microsoft Xbox. Over the years, the meaning of this term has blurred; is is overwhelmingly used to address users with the same opinion, or any user on NGG in general.
Generally this term means a product that has done poorly in the reviews or is not being received well in the market. On Next-Gen Gaming, however, the term takes on a very flexible meaning and changes at the discretion of the poster (alternate phrasing includes "flopp" and "phlopp"), at which point the Damage Control generally begins from those who oppose the stance. Generally, something "flops" when its is radically lower than what was predicted. Many times on NGG, if a game scores below 9.0 on pretty muchy ANY review site, trolls will be quick to call it a flop.
A fad started when many users posted topics about so-called news in italics, but without a link. A popular phrase to respond to this was "Its in italics it must be true". Wario and Fox ran off with this in early 2007, making many "news" topics, all in italics. At the bottom of each "article", he put Source: The ItaliX. He continued to make many topics like this, and tried to make a club, the ItaliX, based off of it. This continued on for awhile, until he became tired of being modded for trolling because of "posting false information as fact". However, the phrase ItaliX has lived on, and anytime someone posts without a source, the phrase "Its in Italix, it must be true" is usually to be found. Many other variants have popped up, such as "where are your ItaliX", or more recently, putting ItaliX alongside link and source as an important part of reporting news.
A method of posting created by Nicholas23 that revolutionized NGG. Nicspeak utilizes a redundant and excessive use of words and abbreviations designed to praise Microsoft, including "great", "nice", "imo", and "wonderful". Also prevalent are is a tendency to capitalize all "X"s in sentences, and to contract language such as "two (2)". Excessively positive word choice and intentional subject-noun disagreement are common characteristics of Nicspeak. Two important phrases in Nicspeak were "our Xbox" and "the HALO 2." An example of Nicspeak would read: "On-topic: I am going to pick up four (4) copies of the HALO 2 and that's gr8!", or: "Our XboX will win this generation and that's the actual and the factual. God bless Microsoft!". At one time it was impossible to enter a topic without seeing some form of Nicspeak and several petitions were created in hopes of banning it on NGG. Eventually, full Nicspeak sentences were moderated on NGG, but many of the phrases were carried on by the board's veteran Microsoft fans, whose numbers began dwindling. teehee23 and Liar, both bots, continued the use of Nicspeak when praising Microsoft.
One day, Liar decided to combine the terms "our Xbox" and "the HALO 2" into one all-encompassing phrase: "OUR THE." It was originally meant to be used solely with Halo 2 and typed in all caps, but Liar soon began using it for everything Microsoft related and posting it on a constant basis, attempting to start a new fad (branching off from Nicspeak). Eventually, despite his first account getting banned, he succeeded; he created a new username, Liarer. Now that "OUR THE" had become commonplace, frequent NGG users began applying it to everything and typing it normally rather than in caps.
Later, a user by the name of CKYLandspeed1 began making topics praising Sony that took the original Nicspeak fad and "OUR THE" spinoff fad and added slight variations to it. These included praising the head of the company (in his case, Ken Kutaragi), and always typing "Mr." in front of it. He also was the first to consistently attach the mention of a "game of the year" award in parentheses to the end of every "OUR THE" phrase. Sometimes it would include multiple years, such as "OUR THE Kingdom Hearts 2 (GotY 2006 & 2007)," and sometimes he would attach awards that don't really exist, such as "OUR THE Mr. Ken Kutaragi (Man of the Year (MotY) 2006)." He also would intentionally misspell usernames when replying to posters. Finally, and perhaps most significantly, CKYLandspeed1 attached "I think it's our the nice." to the end of every post.
CKYLandspeed1's posts prompted the rise of another poster, Ray Splasher, who would further contribute to the evolution of Nicspeak. At first, Ray Splasher's topics were nearly identical to (and sometimes a spinoff of) CKYLandspeed1's, but with one element that made him "unique;" rather than praising Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo, he praised Sega and the Dreamcast, the one officially-recognized sixth generation system that did not have its own group of fans. Ray Splasher, for example, replaced "OUR THE Mr. Ken Kutaragi" with "OUR THE MR. YUJI NAKA," and he said "we think it's our the nice" instead of "I think it's our the nice." Ray Splasher's posts became longer, more frequent, and more over-the-top with Nicspeak and CKYLandspeed1's added elements, and CKYLandspeed1 eventually left NGG and was all but forgotten. Thus, "we think it's our the nice" became a common phrase on NGG. Eventually, to be more unique, Ray Splasher came up with the idea of attaching a flavor of "milks" to each console fanbase in honor of the bots' chocolate milks, with his choice for Sega fans being "regular milks." He started to claim that he receives his regular milks "directly from the source: OUR THE MR. YUJI NAKA (MotY 1999-2008)," heavily implying fellatio. He also attached *sips regular milks* to the end of every post just before "we think it's our the nice," and now regular milks has become just as widespread and popular as chocolate milks on NGG. Ray Splasher, to this day, continues to use excessive Nicspeak; since Liar eventually left and teehee rarely posts, Ray Splasher (now with the account raysplasherz0r) is one of the few active posters to still use Nicspeak excessively and in every post he makes.
A recent form of damage control often used by tools. Probably first used by Alex/Zorro, this term is used to describe many of Nintendo's recent titles (such as Nintendogs) which are marketed to the non-gamer or designed to be accessible to all gamers, and thusly lack deep stories or gameplay, or have unconventional gameplay. Whenever praise is given to one of these titles, tools would be very quick to jump all over them and call them simply "non-games".
In a topic that is generally off-topic, this phrase was used at the end to make the topic have some sort of topicality. For example, in an ATTN topic asking for another user, a poster may end the topic with "On-topic: Who is looking forward to the HALO 2?". This phrase can also be used for no good reason. This is also known as the "covering-your-ass" method of posting, according to the old Terms of Service description of Off-Topic posting.
This term was created by Liarer, as a combination of "Our Xbox" and "The HALO". The term was first originally used only with "our the HALO 2" but is now used for almost anything. There are various ways of typing it; "our the" can be lowercase or in all caps. In the original fad, the noun after OUR THE would also be capitalized: e.g. "OUR THE HALO 2". Most NGG users use it quite liberally and don't have any preference about how it is inserted into sentences, but some users, such as Ray Splasher and Liarer, have certain "rules" for how they type it each time.
Shipped Vs Sold
A common reference to sales numbers in which members of NGG like to debate whether the system has actually been purchased by as many consumers as Microsoft, Sony, or Nintendo claim or if the companies have only shipped said numbers to retailers. Its most frequent use has been in criticism of Sony for providing the number of shipped PSPs in comparison to the number of sold DSs. The two figures were quite close, but the DS was in fact several million systems ahead of the PSP in confirmed worldwide sales at the time.
"This Is Bad News For ____", most commonly filled in with a console name, which is then abbreviated as well. For example, "TIBNFN" (This Is Bad News For Nintendo). Most common in 2002, when Nicholas23 and C4111 originally used it. While TIBNF is a fairly large acronym to begin with, many posters like to extend it to the point of absurdity by adding more acronyms to the end. An extended TIBNF might read "TIBNFSAICAUTFSMHTBQH" (This Is Bad News For Sony And I Confirm And Understand The Factual Statements Mentioned Here To Be Quite Honest).
Means "To Be Quite Honest." First used prevalently by Hesh and Donkey Kong. As with "IMO", it is taken to extremes on NGG.
Short for "too long; didn't read". Used whenever someone posts a wall of text and the reader didn't care to read the entire post before making a response. Often employed if the reader knows beforehand that whatever the long post they refuse to read won't apply to or agree with their stance, and so the reader uses to term to respond without having to read the whole thing.
A recent term coined by gappap. It is short for "good read; well said". It is used when the user strongly agrees with what another poster has said. It is fairly recent, and as of this time of writing is not in heavy use.
An intentional misspelling of topic, often used sarcastically, e.g. OUR THE AAA TOPIX!! Also, people will call a topic with misinformation a flopiX or flopic sometimes ("Flopix" is also used to convey dislike toward a topic that doesn't reach the potential the topic creator sought or misses a very obvious point). "TopiX" itself is used by other users to call out a topic whose only goal is to troll.
This term has a special meaning, different from the real world. "Unbiased" usually refers to someone with no preset opinion on a subject, but on NGG it is used to describe anyone with any opinion, depending on who uses the word. It is widely used by trolls to try to promote themselves.
THINKER is used as a a beginning for a topic title to suggest that it is a thought heavy topic(Ex: THINKER: What if the Nintendo On was real?). It was initially started some time before NGG recieved topicality by Mono, a known troll. After topicality hit NGG, its popularity faded(with the exception of a few Thinker topics every now and then). Recently user Mature_Link(and his alts) revived this type of topic.