While Brajana at Mend Pet likes to help broaden our vocabulary with her WoW Word of the Week posts, we like to take a look each month at a little bit of gamer vernacular history. (We do enjoy her posts and if you haven't checked them out yet, I suggest you do so!)
Good Game aka GG
Oh, you died again, GG noob!
I actually haven't seen GG used as much lately as I used to. Then again, I'm not in general or trade chat as much as I used to be.
This phrase seems to have evolved from a nice friendly comment at the end of an online game into a more sarcastic and condescending phrase. And I think it has evolved. Interestingly enough, I cannot find much on the way of “history” of this phrase. Everything just leads to the definition of the acronym or says it is a sarcastic phrase.
But back in the day, many of us liked to acknowledge a good game that was played and would say so with both parties either typing it out or shortening it to GG. Especially after a great challenge of chess or somesuch. Of course, people like to shorten things to acronyms because we get lazy at the keyboard (admit it!) and you want to get that last word out before the other player leaves.
Nowadays, especially in WoW, people usually are being sarcastic by saying GG or good game. They are either complaining (as in the GG Blizz example) or berating someone's lack of leet pwnage.
What are your thoughts? Do you think GG was always intended as a sarcastic “good job” comment? Have you ever used GG? And what word/phrase/acronym would you like us to explore next month?
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