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What are some terms, or even names for behaviors that bother you? i.e. I know some people don't like being told they're under "analysis paralysis".


One term I don't like is when someone describes a game and they use the term "this is a point salad kind of game." I don't know why, but I really dislike it. Let me be clear, I'm not saying I dislike "point salad" games. I like them actually. I just feel gross or ashamed when a game I like gets called a point salad.

Anyway, what about you?
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Negative connotations in general are frustrating, but I understand them. I don’t like the terms Ameritrash or point salad, but only because they are often used to be reductive toward the people who worked hard to make them or the players who like them.

I’m not offended by the terms or anything, but the connotation or the use by certain people can feel like I’m wrong for liking some point salad games.

Let people like what they like. If you are insane and like ____________, then you are entitled to that. I’m glad you love that game. I don’t understand it, but I’m glad you like it.

There is a game or two that could go into the blanks here for me, but I’m just glad people like board games. I don’t have time or the determination to be upset that people like this specific type of game.
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Mangekyo wrote:
What are some terms, or even names for behaviors that bother you? i.e. I know some people don't like being told they're under "analysis paralysis".


One term I don't like is when someone describes a game and they use the term "this is a point salad kind of game." I don't know why, but I really dislike it. Let me be clear, I'm not saying I dislike "point salad" games. I like them actually. I just feel gross or ashamed when a game I like gets called a point salad.

Anyway, what about you?
I hate that Any board game with a campaign now is called a “legacy game”. I love legacy games, I just hate that people use the term for anything and everything that has a campaign nowa days.
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There is an alternate term in common usage that identifies the specially shaped pawns found in Carcassonne. I find the term cloying. I don't do cloying.


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gerund or present participle: cloying

disgust or sicken (someone) with an excess of sweetness, richness, or sentiment.
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LateShacka wrote:
Mangekyo wrote:
What are some terms, or even names for behaviors that bother you? i.e. I know some people don't like being told they're under "analysis paralysis".


One term I don't like is when someone describes a game and they use the term "this is a point salad kind of game." I don't know why, but I really dislike it. Let me be clear, I'm not saying I dislike "point salad" games. I like them actually. I just feel gross or ashamed when a game I like gets called a point salad.

Anyway, what about you?
I hate that Any board game with a campaign now is called a “legacy game”. I love legacy games, I just hate that people use the term for anything and everything that has a campaign nowa days.
But dUuUuUuUuUde, don't you know about Clue!? Once you write on those Clue sheets, there's no going back! You're destroying the components! It's a true Legacy game!
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Using the phrase “playing competitively” can annoy me, as it may be used by people that think they’re more skilled or more strategic or playing the game better, or they’re just better than players that aren’t “playing competitively.”

“Thematic” annoys me, since I don’t think most games described as thematic are actually thematic. But I don’t really think the term has any agreed-upon definition at all. Simulation is a much clearer term.

“Kingmaking” can annoy me, as I think it is used far too loosely, and really there’s nothing wrong with it most of the time. Collusion would be a better term for when it’s actually a problem.

I don’t get annoyed by how others describe a game I like. They can call it ****ing trash for all I care. It’s just a box of cardboard. I don’t measure myself by the games I like.
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Filler.

It's often degrading. Like "it's not a true gamer's game".
I'm sure many folks who use that word don't mean much, but myself, I get a very bad perception of the word myself.
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LateShacka wrote:
Mangekyo wrote:
What are some terms, or even names for behaviors that bother you? i.e. I know some people don't like being told they're under "analysis paralysis".


One term I don't like is when someone describes a game and they use the term "this is a point salad kind of game." I don't know why, but I really dislike it. Let me be clear, I'm not saying I dislike "point salad" games. I like them actually. I just feel gross or ashamed when a game I like gets called a point salad.

Anyway, what about you?
I hate that Any board game with a campaign now is called a “legacy game”. I love legacy games, I just hate that people use the term for anything and everything that has a campaign nowa days.
Oh yeah, “Legacy” annoys me. I think it’s a useless term and the threads arguing about when to use it or not use it are less than useless. I love PL Season 1 and 2, but damn I wish Daviau hadn’t reused that word across his games.
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jujulautre wrote:
Filler.

It's often degrading. Like "it's not a true gamer's game".
I'm sure many folks who use that word don't mean much, but myself, I get a very bad perception of the word myself.
Try substituting "dessert game"; something light and tasty which perhaps follows completion of the main event (while still being fine all on its own).


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"Collectible". I mean, people collect Barbie shoes from the 1960's. Of course games are collectible: everything is.

(I actually don't mind it used as a term of art for constructible blind-purchase games. But there's always that one person who tries to use it with the generic meaning, which is basically useless.)
 
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There is an alternate term in common usage that identifies the specially shaped pawns found in Carcassonne. I find the term cloying. I don't do cloying.


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gerund or present participle: cloying

disgust or sicken (someone) with an excess of sweetness, richness, or sentiment.
Are you talking about meeples? Are you suggesting we call them "specially shaped pawns" instead? It just might catch on.
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TVis wrote:
jujulautre wrote:
Filler.

It's often degrading. Like "it's not a true gamer's game".
I'm sure many folks who use that word don't mean much, but myself, I get a very bad perception of the word myself.
Try substituting "desert game"; something light and tasty which perhaps follows completion of the main event (while still being fine all on its own).
I like your suggestion. But since I can't fathom a desert without a main meal I won't use it. What about changing it to cake game though ?
 
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jujulautre wrote:
TVis wrote:
jujulautre wrote:
Filler.

It's often degrading. Like "it's not a true gamer's game".
I'm sure many folks who use that word don't mean much, but myself, I get a very bad perception of the word myself.
Try substituting "desert game"; something light and tasty which perhaps follows completion of the main event (while still being fine all on its own).
I like your suggestion. But since I can't fathom a desert without a main meal I won't use it. What about changing it to cake game though ?
I don't like deserts, myself. All the sand gets in my teeth.

For me the term "game mechanics" bothers me. I mean, come on guys, clearly it's "game mechanisms". Precision in language please shake
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Several, but mentioning them will just start a fight.
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Mangekyo wrote:
What are some terms, or even names for behaviors that bother you? i.e. I know some people don't like being told they're under "analysis paralysis".


One term I don't like is when someone describes a game and they use the term "this is a point salad kind of game." I don't know why, but I really dislike it. Let me be clear, I'm not saying I dislike "point salad" games. I like them actually. I just feel gross or ashamed when a game I like gets called a point salad.

Anyway, what about you?
I am a Feld fan and also don't like that term.
 
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"Pimping" a game. Bling would be so much nicer and accurate.
I never could figure out how a word for such a vile occupation could get the common acceptance it has now.
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"Synergy."
... is not strictly a gaming term.
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Funny thing is that Terraforming Mars is a "point salad" game
 
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I feel like the greatest perpetrator of all these terms we dislike is Tom Vasel.

He seems to be the one who perpetuates the incorrect use of all these terms and makes many of them popular.

He calls game without a “theme” (according to him) abstract... when an abstract game (in gaming lingo) is a game with minimal or no luck.

He calls everything with a campaign and opening of boxes legacy (he called the scythe campaign expansion legacy, creating much confusion for a lot of people)

He uses point salad to describe games a ton.

And many more things.








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TVis wrote:
jujulautre wrote:
Filler.

It's often degrading. Like "it's not a true gamer's game".
I'm sure many folks who use that word don't mean much, but myself, I get a very bad perception of the word myself.
Try substituting "desert game";
You mean like:
Board Game: Through the Desert


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something light and tasty which perhaps follows completion of the main event (while still being fine all on its own).
Oh, you mean:
Board Game: Just Desserts


That second ‘s’ makes a big difference.
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