To help parents understand what their gamer kids are saying, YouTuber Ali-A and TalkTalk have collaborated to explained certain terms.
For some parents, video games are an opportunity to bond with their children. To help with that though, it’s best if they try to learn the language of gaming.
While terms like noob and camping have become commonplace within the gaming lexicon, and even general language, many parents have no idea what any of it means.
‘One of the things I love most about the gaming community is its never-ending ability to come up with a new word or phrase for every facet of gameplay,’ says Ali-A, who currently has 17.5 million subscribers on his YouTube channel.
‘While it may seem intimidating, gaming can be very sociable, and I’d encourage every parent to give it a go. Finding new ways to connect online has never been more important and I’ve loved teaming up with connectivity provider TalkTalk to help parents make sense of gaming language.’
According to a study from TalkTalk, 72% of British parents with children aged seven or older admit to not understanding the gaming jargon they use.
While a further 45% say their gaming knowledge is either poor or terrible, 28% say they are intrigued and wish to learn what the words mean.
32% love playing video games with their kids, while 26% say they wish they could join in but can’t wrap their heads around how to play.
And 11% even admit to using gaming language in front of their kids in an effort to look cool.
‘As a parent I understand the world of gaming can be daunting, but it’s worth learning the lingo and getting involved, as there’s so much fun to be had,’ says Gibson, who co-hosts the Extra Life podcast.
‘Play is a hugely important part of kids’ development, and gaming together has loads of benefits. It’s a great way to connect, and some of my happiest memories with my sons are from playing games together.’
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