Some people will take a VideoGame and do everything you can possibly imagine with it... except playing it as they were supposed to.

This is an index of the numerous ways the player community cleverly turns games on their heads, much to the creators' dismay. Over time, many of these subversions get acknowledged, expected, encouraged and finally assimilated into new games, becoming part of standard gameplay.

The entry name is based on a popular GPU manufacturer's slogan.

This is just a page listing the tropes. Please put examples into their proper pages.


* CheatCode: The most {{egregious}} manifestation. Putting in place a different set of rules that change the game to give you an advantage -- or, occasionally, a [[SelfImposedChallenge disadvantage]].
* GameMod: Making changes to the original game, or employing its engine to [[{{Derivative Works}} derive new works]].
* GameplayDerailment: Taking the game's built-in, unmodified mechanics and abusing them for fun and profit.
* GoodBadBugs: A glitch is found, exploited, and it actually improves the game to a point it becomes quite something else.
* {{Munchkin}}: Someone who plays competitively in a non competitive game or those so excessively dedicated to winning that they ruin the enjoyment for others.
* NotTheIntendedUse: Using an item or ability in an unexpected way.
* OptionalStealth: The game tells you to use stealth, but it's easier not to use it.
* OutsideTheBoxTactic: Employing an alternative strategy, that proves particularly effective against a certain opponent (or type of opponents) [[AchillesHeel beyond what was intended]] by the game developers.
* SelfImposedChallenge: Playing the game with an intentional handicap as a means to increase the difficulty.
* SequenceBreaking: Finding a way to do things in a different order than the game wanted you to do, or skip them entirely.
* {{Twinking}}: Using a high-level character to make life easier for a lower-level one.

Related to MetaGame. Compare {{Scrub}} and the StopHavingFunGuy, who play the game in their [[{{Fan Dumb}} very idiosyncratic ways]] because they think they've found a more fun way of playing than anyone else, even the [[{{Word Of God}} developers]].

Related to UnexpectedReactionsToThisIndex. See also ErrorIndex for unintended things that happen ''against'' the player's will.