Does the word “Gank” mean anything anymore?
“Gank” used to mean something back in the mists of time.
Or so I am told.
I am not big on PvP in MMOs, so for the most part I can only guess at the meaning of the word based on what I read.
And as far as I can infer from current usage I see about, the term had been reduced to meaning something like, “I got killed in PvP by an opponent who had an advantage in equipment or numbers, or who was totally cheating.”
Which can be reduced to “I got killed in PvP” about 99% of the time.
Cheating, of course, has always had a variety of meanings when people use the term. It could be deliberate hacking of the game or the use of game mechanics to bestow an advantage. Often though, it seems to mean, “The other side was more skilled, but there is no way I am admitting that in a public forum.” You don’t win at smacktalk by saying things like that!
Given the above, I can pretty much summarize the majority of my MMO PvP experience with the title of this post, “I was Ganked by Cheaters!”
I certainly cannot recall a time when I was defeated in PvP where the above did not apply, and cheating (as defined above) is always at the top of the list, since I am massively unskilled at PvP.
But that is just my inference of the meaning of the word from the way it gets thrown around in comments and forums. And, we know people say a lot of crazy, or at least ill-considered, things in comment threads and forums.
I am also convinced that one of the great lies PvP players tell is that they only want a fair fight. Obviously this is not so, what with all this ganking going on. But perhaps that is another topic.
But the word is now so tied in with MMO PvP that we cannot seem to mention one without the other.
So what does ganking mean to you? Or what did it used to mean to you?
And has it lost all real meaning through mis-use?