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DPS - why not DD


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urgha
04.06.2012 , 06:32 PM | #1
I mean DPS it is just damage per second.
DD means damage dealer.
I wonder why dps is used instead of dd at the forum.

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Veriu
04.06.2012 , 07:05 PM | #2
Quote: Originally Posted by urgha View Post
I mean DPS it is just damage per second.
DD means damage dealer.
I wonder why dps is used instead of dd at the forum.
If I remember correctly, it is an American slang term.

I could be wrong, but I think I heard from somewhere that in Europe the DPS role is called DD for damage dealer.

As I think there's more players in American than in other areas of the world, American slang is going to be seen more often.
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Crazy_Person
04.06.2012 , 07:33 PM | #3
I think because well people are resistant to change... the term has been DPS in most games before it so it has stuck.

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hadoken
04.06.2012 , 08:27 PM | #4
cause everyone already knows dps

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Hizoka
04.06.2012 , 09:57 PM | #5
cause DD stands for Direct Damage

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Tenacity
04.07.2012 , 02:29 AM | #6
It's just one of those things that catches on, and eventually people forget where the term even originated.

It's like pwned. Pwned started as Owned, but because of the placement of P and O on the keyboard, frequent typos caused it to read pwned instead, and people just went with it and turned it into an internet meme like everything else they find mildly entertaining or peculiar.

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Vraesh
04.07.2012 , 05:51 AM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by Hizoka View Post
cause DD stands for Direct Damage
This. Back in the stone age of mmo's, damage was categorized as:

DD (direct damage)
AoE (area of effect)
PB (point blank)
PBOE (point blank area of effect)
and of course DOT (damage over time)

Don't think I forgot any, but it's been a while

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urgha
04.07.2012 , 08:00 AM | #8
Actually since MUDs (if you know what it is) dd always was damage dealer (alsow there were terms rdd and mdd).

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Eternalnight
04.07.2012 , 08:29 AM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by Veriu View Post
If I remember correctly, it is an American slang term.

I could be wrong, but I think I heard from somewhere that in Europe the DPS role is called DD for damage dealer.

As I think there's more players in American than in other areas of the world, American slang is going to be seen more often.
No, this does not seem to be the case.

The term DPS instead of DD is used in Europe just as much as in America.

Just create toons in european and american servers since in SWTOR you can use both, and you'll see the Europeans use the term dps same way as Americans.



Or for example go look at the official forums of World of Warcraft where the discussion forums of European and American customers are separated and they can't write to each others forums and you'll see the same thing.

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Dee-Jay
04.07.2012 , 09:50 AM | #10
Germans still say "DD" although DPS is far more common in Anglo-America.