Trivia

Hard

In Video Games Temporary Bonuses Are Referred To As?

Buffs
Leveling
Power Ups
Boosters

Answer: Buffs

In numerous video games from complex Japanese Role Playing Games (JPRGs) to simple racing games, there is the widespread phenomena known as a buff.

This video game construct is a type of status effect modifier that temporarily gives the player some sort of benefit. It doesn’t matter what the benefit is as long as it is temporary in nature. Buffs can take the form of potions (where the player gains some ability), stacked kills (where if the player beats X number of enemies in a row, they get some sort of combo bonus), or any other benefit to the player that has a limited window of use. A well known and iconic example of a buff comes from the Nintendo universe and Super Mario franchise where invincibility stars render the player impervious to damage for a short period of time.

The opposite of a buff is, you guessed it, a negative status effect modifier that hurts the player. Debuffs can take any form that involves a temporary effect that makes game play more difficult for the player; poison that dims the player’s vision, freezing effects that slow the player’s movement, and draining of a player’s health capacity are all common debuff effects.

Finally, buffs are different from power-ups in that power-ups are not time-based. To return to the Super Mario example, the Fire Flower gives Mario the ability to shoot fireballs. Because this ability is only lost if Mario is injured or killed, it is considered a power-up and not, like the time-based invincibility star, a buff.

The terms buff and debuff were popularized by the rise of Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs) as gamers needed a succinct and easy way to communicate that something was (or gave) a temporary status effect modifier to the player.

Trivia

Hard

Despite How Foul They Smell, Cities Plant Ginkgo Trees By The Thousands Because They’re?

Trivia

Hard

The First Actor To Accept A Razzie Award In Person Was?

Trivia

Hard

Which Widely Used Internet Acronym Is Coincidentally Self-Referential In Dutch?

Trivia

Hard

Sweden Has An SMS Alert System For?

Trivia

Hard

Which Letter Appears Once a Year on the Moon’s Surface?

X J
Y H

Trivia

Hard

The Best Selling Computer Game Of The 1990s Was?

Trivia

Easy

The Marshalite Was An Alternative Traffic Signal That Displayed?

Trivia

Hard

A 1980s Urban Legend Claimed CD Sound Improved By Coating The Edges With What?

Trivia

Hard

The Bite Of The Lone Star Tick Can Give The Victim Allergies To?

Trivia

Hard

The Vine B. Trifoliolata Is The Only Plant In The World Known To?