To weaken or make less dangerous
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What is a NERF in gaming?
A NERF is a change made to a game that is intended to weaken a particular item, tactic, ability or character. NERFs are usually applied by game developers for balancing purposes.
What does nerfed mean?
Nerfed. Typically applied to online regularly-changed/updated video games. To nerf something means to reduce its ‘power’ or effectiveness within the game. Often times this is to solve some problem in the game (such as an ‘overpowered’ weapon/ability or super effective strategy), or to push the players in one direction or another…
Where does the term nerfing come from?
Raph Koster, who’s well known as a game designer, gives the following explanation of the etymology: For the record, the term ‘nerfing’ entered online gaming vocabulary because of [Ultima Online]. At some point, we reduced the power of swords in melee combat, and players started complaining that they were hitting each other woth nerf swords.
What is a Nerf or de-buff?
In video games, when the makers increase the power of something, it is sometimes referred to as a buff. If they decrease the power of something, it is called a nerf or a de-buff. This also applies to player abilities to temporarily increase or decrease their power. Where do these terms come from? Show activity on this post.