A graduate student of the University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Philippines, has written a research paper about DOTA 2. The unpublished work is entitled “Focal Language Vocabulary and Subculture of the Cebuano-speaking DOTA 2 Community”.
Methodology involves a mixture of modern and classic ethnographic methods following anthropological principles relevant to the following disciplines: Linguistic Anthropology, Anthropology of Play, Digital Anthropology, Anthropology of Sports, and the History of DOTA. Respondents were required to answer a set of questions in this Google Survey link, Take This DOTA 2 Survey Now! (FOR FILIPINOS ONLY). Thus, the analysis of DOTA 2 language is limited to Cebuano speaking players.
Since the author of the research has not submitted his work to an official publication, he decided to publish excerpts of the research in Humortech blog to share some interesting points to the DOTA or MOBA community and other interested individuals.
What is GG?
“GG”, perhaps, is the most iconic acronym that DOTA contributed to the internet civilization. It literally means “good game” — said after each game to every player expressing sportsmanship and appreciation to the opponent.
However, as time goes by, the meaning has changed. Instead of being a form of respect to an enemy player, it becomes a trash-talk material. Players say “gg” when a particular team is losing the game or in a hopeless situation to win — the time when teammates change the default command from “g” (go) to “gg”. It can also be used as a term predicting someone’s defeat.
The term was adapted to the real-life setting on situations which are hard to get out. For instance, when a person becomes a butt of jokes among his/her peers, he/she will say “hahaha na-gg ko dah!”. (Hahaha. I got GG!)
Things got worse the term “gg” is coupled with the abbreviation “ez” (easy). Some ignorant players in DOTA 2 say “ez gg” even if the game lasted for 50 minutes or an hour and a half. That is one of the raising eyebrow moments of the game. “Like, seriously?”
Fortunately, there are some mature players who are trying to revive the original meaning of the term by introducing the acronym “GGWP” (good game well played). That is a pretty good development because I always wonder how come the expression, “good game”, with the word “good” in it becomes something bad.
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