Over 164 million American adults play video games. Not all gamers are alike. You might be a casual player looking to blow off steam at the end of a long day.
If that describes you, you’re probably not familiar with gaming terms. Yes, gaming has a specialized jargon you’ll need to understand if you become more involved in gaming culture.
What exactly does pog mean? Read on to learn more.
Organic Gaming Slang
Playing games isn’t only about fun. Modern technology has turned video games into a vast online community. Gamers communicate through slang terms.
It’s a not-so-secret language you’ll need a glossary to navigate similar to sports gambling. This slang’s history is tied to the rise of online gamer streaming channels on social media platforms like YouTube and Twitch.
Some of these terms refer to quirky instances in classic video games. Take the slang term “cheese.” To cheese in a current game means to employ a strategy that isn’t cheating but is unfair.
Cheese’s origin as a gaming term in the early 90s thanks to Capcom’s classic Street Fighter II game. Players found that using a certain character’s programmed strategy led to almost unbeatable results.
What Is a Pog in Gaming?
People of a certain age remember POGS.
POGS were marketed as a modern version of marbles. The game involved slamming a stack of cardboard disks. The slamming player kept the POGS that flipped face up.
How did that term get co-opted into gaming culture? What Does Pog Mean?
How It Started
The term “pog” refers to the Twitch “Pogchamp” emoticon. This is a still photo of famous YouTube video gamer Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez’s surprised facial expression.
In one of his more famous YouTube videos, Guitierrez is filmed winning a game of POGS. Thus, the term “Pogchamp,” which is now abbreviated to “pog.”
What Does Pog Mean?
Pog is a ubiquitous slang term used in many forms. It sees use as an adjective, interjection, and verb.
An English language adjective is a descriptive word. Pog as an adjective means cool, neat, or awesome.
For example, That move combo was pog!
In this sentence, the term pog describes an awesome move combination by a player.
As an interjection, pog also means cool, neat, or awesome. An interjection is a phrase or utterance expressing a reaction. You’ll often see gamers write Pog! in the manner a non-gamers would write Cool or Neat.
A verb is an action word. When pog is used as a verb, it carries a different definition. When someone pogs, they act surprised or shocked.
For example, Donnie totally pogged when he read his girlfriend’s text.
Learning Gaming Terms
Video game culture features many slang terms you’ll only learn by diving in. Learning gaming terms isn’t easy, but if you pay attention, you’ll find yourself using them in no time. Pog!
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