"STFU, N00b!"Simply put, a noob is a novice at a particular game. Twisted from the term 'Newb', a shortened form of the word "newbie". Usually has a negative connotation. Often spelled "n00b", or even further degenerated to "nub" by the particularly lazy. They tend to be disliked by more experienced gamers because (from the veterans' point of view) they ask extremely simple or obvious questions, lack proper etiquette or, in team games, drag down the performance of the rest of the team. In the most extreme forms, they become God Modders. They also never admit to being wrong or belligerent, and will often accuse more experienced players that they're the stupid ones, when they try to correct them. Some people make a distinction between a noob and a newb, with a "newb" being a level-headed beginner who is polite, heeds advice, and honestly wishes to improve, while a noob is obnoxious, annoying, and overconfident. In other words, everyone starts as a newb — you're only a Noob if you don't grow out of it. The difference is described in this comic. A stereotypical 'Noob' will usually join a group with little regard for his (relative) lack of ability; many (but certainly not all) will enter a dungeon and immediately run right into danger, thinking either that he can hold his own (despite being vastly outnumbered and overwhelmed), or that the other players are right behind him and will pick up the slack (which they very likely won't and can't). The newbie and noob also appear in other cooperative and competitive genres besides the MMORPG. In less structured games, newbies may just get rolled over, insulted, and forgotten; noobs are the ones who have picked up on the least-inspired or lamest strategies and earn the ire of those who are playing more "skillfully" and getting beaten. In teamplay-oriented games, the team often helps the polite newbie along as it may result in their team winning more often; the noob will probably be the guy crashing planes into individual enemies or charging into the enemy base carrying the flag, and so other players will probably just try to steal the helicopters before they can. In cooperative games, the teams tend to be small and everyone's contributions important: the newbie is exasperating to have on your side; the noob is usually booted from the server very quickly. Of course, using the word seriously is an indication of being a noob. It gets thrown around ridiculously much and has decayed enormously to the point of often being used completely uninformatively, like just calling someone "stupid" for no very good reason. A really bad noob may sometimes spell the term as "nub". Amazingly, the term 'nub' has a corresponding meaning in naval jargon, referring to a 'newbie' (who doesn't stand watches and is considered 'deadweight' to his naval department), with a literal meaning of 'non-usable body'. Not to be confused with a certain Noob. See also Scrub. If you're looking for the French multimedia franchise (that started with a Web Original anglophone audiences are more likely to know about), this page is pretty much the only one using the "Noob" namespace that is not associated with it. Otherwise, here is a good place to start.
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