NerdWord: sandbox

Gaming

Today a new feature debuts: the NerdWord. On a semi-regular basis you’ll see words from geek culture defined, explained and sometimes even illustrated.

It won’t be a daily thing, or a weekly thing, but probably something in between.

If you have suggestions or requests for NerdWord, shoot me an e-mail or leave a comment below!

And now, the first NerdWord:

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Sandbox — A video game that has an open-ended, nonlinear style of play

Examples: The Sims, various MMORPGs (like World of Warcraft, pictured below) and combat games that offer a “god mode” allowing players to explore the virtual environment unmolested

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So, when you hear a gamer talking about “the sandbox,” chances are they are referring to a digital playground and not the one with buckets and shovels. But both kinds often hide nasty surprises.

SANDBOX IMAGE FROM PHOTOSPIN; ‘WORLD OF WARCRAFT’ SCREENSHOT FROM AP IMAGES