Note that every game will have many very specific acronyms and words that I have not bothered to list. For example, in DAoC, a shadowblade (sb) can get the left axe melee style (LA) and do a particular attack called doublefrost (df) ("An sb with LA can do df") - much too detailed for this document. (Moreover, even in the same game, the dialects can vary tremendously and incomprehensibly between servers.)
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In DAoC, some servers evidence the interesting trend of dropping verbs. For example:
"We are on the way" becomes "We otw" or just "otw"
"They're coming" becomes "They coming" or just "they inc"
About the only phrase that still requires a being-verb noun is "Where are you?" - but that has its own shorthand ("wru"), and the reply is usually lacking verbs again: "We at Bolg"
This can result in a lot of fast conveyance of information, but at the price of standard English. Entire conversations or chat logs occur in this style:
Player 1: "wru?" ("Where are you?")
Player 2: "Come Bolg, we on lord." ("Come to Dun Bolg; we are fighting the lord.") "Bring rams, we hit DC next." ("Bring rams; we are hitting Dun Crauchon next.")
Player 1: "omw with 3 rams" ("On my way with 3 rams")
Player 2: "eta?" ("Estimated time of arrival?")
Player 1: "brt in 5" ("Be right there in 5 minutes.")
Player 3: "Albs NE" ("Albion players sighted to the northeast.")
Player 4: "INC" ("Enemies incoming.")
Player 3: "omg" ("Oh my god.")
Player 4: "Pwned" ("(We/they) destroyed (them/us).")
Given the fast-paced nature of online combat and the tedious nature of online typing (not to mention varying levels of education and English "skillz"), it's hardly a surprise that the easiest, fastest way of typing should become standard. What is interesting is seeing how different online communities develop their own languages - how the languages differ, and how they might be very similar.
Someday, I wouldn't be terribly surprised if a lot of verbs did wind up slipping out of the English language - at least online, and until the advent of either speech input or neuro-inputs.
Another game terminology glossary for WoW.