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Glossary Central - Xbox glossary
Category: Electronics and Engineering > Xbox
Date & country: 30/05/2011, USA
Words: 60

Local Area Network. A computer network connecting devices that are geographically close together (for example, in the same building). A network you set up in your house to connect your PC in the den and your Xbox console in the living room is a LAN.

Latency is the time a computer spends waiting before a download (or other data request) starts. It's slightly different from bandwidth. Bandwidth is the time required to move the data. If you have a low-latency or "low ping" connection, your downloads start sooner. If you have a high-bandwidth connection, your downloads finish sooner. Think of a garden hose versus a fire hose: if the garden hos...

ip address
The identity of a PC or other device connected to the Internet. It is to the Internet what a telephone number is to the telephone network. The format of an IP address is a 32-bit numeric address written as four numbers separated by periods. Each number can be between 0 and 255.

Halo: Combat Evolved, or simply Halo, is a video game in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, created by the Microsoft-owned Bungie Studios. It was released for the Xbox game console on November 15, 2001.

gamer profile
Includes all the information found on a gamer card, plus a list of all your achievements. The detailed resume of your gaming life.

gamer picture
The picture a gamer chooses to represent him or herself. This picture will appear on your gamer card on Xbox Live and on

grand theft auto
Grand Theft Auto (GTA) is a video game series created and developed by Rockstar North (formerly DMA Design), published by Rockstar Games and debuted in 1997. It includes seven stand-alone games and one expansion pack for the original, GTA: London 1969.

gamer zone
See Xbox Live Gamer Zone.

Includes a quick hit of information on a gamer: gamer picture, gamerscore, reputation, Gamer Zone and motto. The business card of your gaming life.

friend request
An invitation to make another gamer your friend. Send them or accept them.

A gamer you have added to your friends list, either by sending or accepting a friend request

Your online gaming persona. Can be up to 15 characters long and is not case-sensitive.

The cumulative score of all your achievements. Each disk-based game is worth up to 1,000 points, while Xbox Live Arcade titles are worth up to 200 points. The higher your score, the more varied your gaming experience.

friends list
Your personal gaming posse of up to 100 gamers. This list can be edited and updated whenever you like. See friend.

family zone
The Xbox Live Gamer Zone that is appropriate for all members of the family.

family settings
Xbox 360 Family Settings offer unprecedented flexibility for system setup and management. Parents or system owners can set permissions that allow all members of the household to enjoy Xbox 360 in a user-appropriate environment. This includes not merely deciding what games and DVD movies to allow, but also controlling the ability to establish Xbox Live memberships and managing access to Xbox Live.

The API (application program interface) created by Microsoft for its Windows products and its Xbox console. DirectX allows developers to more easily program games for Windows and Xbox by using common hardware and software protocols.

A Microsoft API (part of DirectX) which allows developers to create multiplayer features in games to a common standard.

easter egg
An Easter egg is a surprise hidden within the game. The history of the very first Easter egg is unknown, but developers continue to add them to games and players seem to enjoy scouting around to find them.

custom match
An Xbox 360 feature, similar to OptiMatch on Xbox. Set up a game based on whatever criteria you decide: track, level, gametype, etc.

A dedicated video games machine such as the Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlaysSation.

A private voice chat. You can chat with one person at a time but you can have multiple channels of chat open. Switch back and forth whenever you like.

The controller is the device the player uses to enter commands into the console while a game is in progress.

chat invite
Set up a private chat with any gamer on your friends list. Chat invites can be found in your Message center.

A cheat, or a cheat code, is a button combination or password which triggers an event or affect within a video game. Cheats can be as simplistic as adding ammunition to a gun, or increasing a character's health, or changing the character to a completely different character.

avoid player
If someone gets on your nerves, you can designate them as an avoided player. This makes the gamer very unlikely to show up in matchmaking. How to do it: when submitting a player review, you can choose to 'avoid this player.'

The maximum rate at which data can be transmitted from your computer over a set period of time. Also see latency.

cheat device
In addition to cheats that can be entered through a controller or keyboard there are also cheat devices. These pieces of hardware, or software, are made exclusively to help gamers enter cheat codes, or otherwise modify the game's contents. Some popular examples are Game Shark, Code Breaker, and Action Replay.

Artificial Intelligence is technology that seeks to emulate the random and complex nature of human thought and behaviour rather than following a set course of stimuli and responses.

Earn achievements online or offline. Achievements indicate progress, skill and accomplishment.

Packet Internet Groper. A program used to test whether a particular network destination is online, by sending an Internet control message protocol (ICMP) echo request and waiting for a response.

player match
Matchmaking based on your gamer profile. If you choose a player match, you'll get hooked up with gamers with similar Gamer Zone, gamerscore and reputation.

Random-access memory. The most common computer memory which can be used by programs to perform necessary tasks while the computer is on; an integrated circuit memory chip allows information to be stored or accessed in any order and all storage locations are equally accessible. See ROM.

preferred player
If you play with a great gamer, you can designate them as a preferred player. This makes the gamer more likely to show up in matchmaking.How to do it: when submitting a player review, you can choose to 'prefer this player.'

personal settings
Allows you to configure various preferences in the Xbox functionality. Includes options for Online Status (how you appear to other players while you're online) Voice (mute, level, and other settings for in-game voice and private chat) Vibration (enable or disable game-dependent vibration in your controller) Notifications (select preferred system notifications, visual and/or aural) Themes (persona...

Prey tells the story of Tommy, a Cherokee garage mechanic stuck on a reservation going nowhere. Along with his people, he is abducted to a menacing mothership orbiting Earth, where he sets out to save himself, his girlfriend, and eventually his planet.

A dedicated phone connection to the Internet that provides a high-speed bandwidth of 1.544 MB per second. See also T3.

A dedicated phone connection to the Internet that provides a high-speed bandwidth of 44.746 MB per second. See also T1.

Development code-name for Microsoft's Xbox 360.

xbox live gamer zone
Indicates your personal gaming style. Gamer Zones include Family, Pro, Recreation and Underground. You can change your Gamer Zone at any time.

xbox live
Xbox Live is a subscription-based online gaming service for Microsoft's Xbox and Xbox 360 video game consoles. It went online on November 15, 2002 and allows players to play games with or against other Xbox Live players from around the world.

xbox guide button
The silver button in the center of your Xbox 360 Controller. Use this at any time to access the Xbox Guide, or power on or off your console.

xbox guide
The always-accessible heads-up-display that takes you to your Message center, your music controls, friends list and personal settings. Use it while you're playing a game, watching a movie-whenever.

xbox dashboard
The Xbox 360 User Interface which features four blades: Xbox Live, Games, Media, and System. Change your Dashboard theme in Personal Settings in the Xbox Guide.

xbox 360
Microsoft's current console and successor to the Xbox. Xbox 360 was launched in November and December of 2005

xbox 360 game banner
The function of this area is determined by the game you're playing. A given game may display an image, a tip of the day, or other game-specific details you might want to see during the game.

The Xbox is Microsoft's game console, released on November 15 2001. It is Microsoft's first independent venture into the console arena, after having collaborated with Sega in porting Windows CE to the Sega Dreamcast console.

An Xbox Live matchmaking system that uses game input to compute a player's rank relative to particular games and game modes. Hardcore.

underground zone
The Xbox Live Gamer Zone for gamers that like their competition served up with a healthy dose of smack talk. Anything goes.

usb port
A connector to which a USB cable can be attached.

usb cable
A cable with a USB connector, for USB-based devices such as a high-speed modem.

Universal Serial Bus (USB) is the alternative to Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) connectivity. Every computer on a network needs the right kind of network card to communicate with the network. You can usually get the right kind of card for your network in either PCI or USB form.

time pilot
Time Pilot is a registered trademark of Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. Control an experimental aircraft sent back in time to alter the path of the future. Travel to different periods both in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, taking on enemy aircraft in daring aerial dogfights. Start by fighting biplanes in 1911 and end by combating swarms of UFOs!

All your communications to and from other gamers on the Xbox Live service.

A secret series of characters (or button/trigger/directional pad presses on the Xbox controller) that enables a user to access a file, computer, program, or service.

Read only memory. Permanent data storage that does not allow any alterations or additions to the data stored in it. ROM-based data cartridges were used for consoles in the early 90s and late 80s and are still used for some handheld games platforms now. See RAM.

ring of light
The green circle surrounding the power button on the Xbox 360. It lights up during the startup animation. The four quadrants of light correlate to which controllers are active.

See reputation.

recreation zone
The Xbox Live Gamer Zone for both casual gamers and those who like hardcore games with a laid-back attitude.

Your rating as a gamer, earned through feedback from other players. Great gamers with awesome feedback can have up to five stars.