Clocking Etymology

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by Talaria, Dec 15, 2008.

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Have you heard of the term Clocking (To finish a video game)?

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  2. Yes, heard of it but don't use it

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  1. Talaria
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    This poll comes after listening to a local video game site's podcast which intrigued me when they brought up the topic of the origins of the word 'Clocking' in which they searched the web and couldn't find a definition for it but it is used unanamiously over here to say I finished a video game to its entirety or I finished a video game. They had several theories of where the word originated from, one perhaps stems from back in the Arcade time period in which people would say "I clocked a time of 2 mins 34 secs" in which then evolved in to a term for finishing a game, to clock all the time available from the video game, another theory was a full circle, so you complete a game in circle from start to finish and are brought back to the title screen (I think can't really remember properly the point of this theory). They then brought up whether it was worldwide term or just an Oceania term, so have you heard of/used the term before or have you never heard of it?
     
  2. Defiance

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    Never heard of it.
     
  3. SpikeyBryan

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    Heh?
     
  4. Canonbeat234

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    OMGHAX!! No I never heard of that term being use like that I did heard the word 'clocking' referring to computer terms.
     
  5. Dark

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  6. Reaper

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    Yeah, never heard of it.
     
  7. Law

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    Must be a local thing. Never heard of it.
     
  8. Reaper

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    Who uses it regularly?
     
  9. digitydogs

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    i thought it was referring to overclocking or as in the case of some emulators running the game at 2 or 3 times the intended speed
     
  10. Translucentbill

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    i recfall clocking meaning to do a spede run isnt it?
     
  11. xist

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    Clocking was a term popularised in the good old days of gaming. It actually refers to when you've played (and mastered hopefully) a game so much that the in-game clock or timer stops...i.e. it reaches the highest number it can get to like 99:99. I know we used it in the UK decades ago so it must be a global term.