Heres something for all the "L337"
September 11, 2002 4:49 AM   Subscribe

Heres something for all the "L337" When was the first time someone babbled in "llama"to you? If you're a fan of the game quake check out this tongue in cheek guide to llama speak
posted by hoopyfrood (24 comments total)
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posted by monkeyJuice at 4:54 AM on September 11, 2002

400pY, j00 wUz C@Mp1N6 74@7 p057, w3Rn'7 j00!

n0W w3'11 h@v3 "81ff" thr3dz @g@1N!!

BW@H@H@H@!!! L0L!!!

(And if I ever have to write like that again, somebody's gonna get rocket-jumped off the balcony!)
posted by Smart Dalek at 5:41 AM on September 11, 2002

L337 or 1337? ;)
posted by nthdegx at 5:50 AM on September 11, 2002

Leet? What does leet mean?

Am I doing something wrong here??!? :)
posted by gwong at 5:54 AM on September 11, 2002

"llama speak?" Now there's a new term to me, and I've been around the block a couple of times.
posted by majick at 6:01 AM on September 11, 2002

I've been waiting for a long time to find out what l337 means, but was too embarrassed to ask. Thanks, Hoopy, er, d00d.
Of course, one word some forget which is born solely of l33t is the word l33t, or 31337 (concept dialect), 3l33t (advanced forum dialect) or, l33+ (semi-organic NYC dialect). This is an abbreviated transliteration of Elite, and simply means Good
posted by planetkyoto at 6:09 AM on September 11, 2002

gwong, it's derived from "elite", in reference to one's (claimed or proven) hacking/coding/gameplaying skills.

The whole bit with ascii mixed in with text is called "munging", which is meant to frighten off the "squares", particularly those who may not care all that much about compiling languages or source code.

Llama? Voila.
posted by Smart Dalek at 6:10 AM on September 11, 2002

Oops, bad link. Llama = lamer. As in you.couldn't.shoot.the.broad.side.of.a.barn.

The joke of the term supposedly carried over to Nullsoft, which made the "poor dumb beast" its mascot.
posted by Smart Dalek at 6:13 AM on September 11, 2002

If you are truly |337 h4X0|2, you search Google like this.
posted by Fabulon7 at 6:23 AM on September 11, 2002 dudes take your stuff seriously! honestly I cant make heads or tails out of "elite" except
for WooT and l337! other than that my response is duhhhh!
posted by hoopyfrood at 6:24 AM on September 11, 2002

Hi Fark!

Ass, meet hat.

Quake3 Ha><orz 12001z. How about this, crypto-lovers:ยท ?? ??? ????, ???? ?? !! 70p 7# U 10053125!!!!!
posted by hama7 at 7:16 AM on September 11, 2002

12475! KO1234n fonts don't transfer! But I really f4c3d y00 k4mp3rz!!
posted by hama7 at 7:19 AM on September 11, 2002

Quake did open my eyes to the majesty of llamas. Such beautiful animals...

However, when I left the community, (as Quake 2 was released), this leet speak wasn't around that much. It must be the responsibility of new llamas that started playing the game.
posted by Llama-Lime at 7:21 AM on September 11, 2002

Ok let's see if I've gotten this right: /\/\'/ }{0p}{3R|<r4p}{7 i5 p}{ull 0p}{ 33l5..
posted by carter at 7:25 AM on September 11, 2002

ok. just wanted to point something out.

it's not 'llama' speak. it's 'l33t' speak.

llama is a term meaning 'new player' or 'sucky player'. why? because they just stand around, doing nothing but getting shot at. much like how a llama would if you handed it a rocket launcher and dumped it into gladitorial combat.

and remember kids, that style of speech came out before online gaming, and was originally used to fool sysops whom used word recognition scripts on their BBS' to prevent file/porn trading. hence the terms 'pr0n' and 'warez'.

posted by jcterminal at 8:38 AM on September 11, 2002

Actually llamas aren't new players, they're players who should know better, but deliberately try to wreck the game. New players are newbies (or n00bs). Experienced players are (sometimes at least) more forgiving of newbies.
posted by turbodog at 10:44 AM on September 11, 2002

I ownd j00z h4x0rZ! l33t 4ever.
Oh man, now I feel ill.
posted by ac at 11:00 AM on September 11, 2002

turbodog: but that's a definition from a *snicker* half-life site.

posted by jcterminal at 11:26 AM on September 11, 2002

llamas are lamers. Lamers are people who act stupidly or more often try to disrupt the game. A spawn camper is a lamer in some people's opinions. I used to play Quake2 a lot. I kinda liked the lingo, but never liked the substituting numbers and ansi characters for letters. They do it to try to appear elite, but really it's just lame.
posted by Eyegore at 11:33 AM on September 11, 2002

They do it to try to appear elite, but really it's just lame

I don't know, man, it was cool back in '93 on #hack.

er. ok, it wasn't.

have to concur with jc -- most of this stuff *far* preceded the advent of FPSes -- heck, even preceded most simultaneous user games (except MUDs, i'm guessing). either way, i was interested to hear that the shortcuts came to dodge string-matching algorithms -- though i've never seen that used in practice.

it's as good as explanation as any -- at the time i was calling BBSes (1990 until uhhh... '93?), "leet", "elite", etc, for the most part, had already become a self-parody (well, ok, not as much as now, but still).

anyways, the point of this message? : I AM OLDSKOOL: PHEAR ME.

(sidenote: i always found it slightly humorous that the PH adopted by phreakers found its way into the popular lexicon with "PHAT", perhaps the stupidiest application ever.)

posted by fishfucker at 12:30 PM on September 11, 2002

You know what's really creepy? The Gateway store in my area (Portland) has 1337 as it's address.
posted by Yelling At Nothing at 1:05 PM on September 11, 2002

I saw an Acura with "3L337" as its vanity plate in the Seattle area the other day. Sorry dude, nothing elite about an Acura.
posted by Hildago at 2:02 PM on September 11, 2002

" the time i was calling BBSes (1990 until uhhh... '93?)... I AM OLDSKOOL: PHEAR ME."

Er, fishfucker? I thought "oldskool" in this sense implied some sort of participation in the actual old days? Y'know, calling AEs with your Applecat for files because that's all AEs did, XModem and Punter downloads, marvelling at the terrifying hugeness of some Citadel BBS with your VIC-20? By 1990, almost all of us genuine "old school" folks were long gone.

Remembering the days when a modem cranked 300 baud over POTS was genuinely hot shit is pretty much the standard definition of "old school." And having owned an acoustic coupler defines one as so old school as to be prehistoric.

So, nyeah-nyeah! I'm eliter than thou!

Now some Fortran programmer who ran a warez BBS with punched tape storage and core code loaded from an 800-word card stack is going to come along and strike me dead. Then some plug-and-socket vacuum tube person will wander by and laugh at us all. Shortly followed by Charles Babbage, come to kick a great many asses with his supreme eliteness.

It's wonderful that no matter how bad ass old school elite you are (even with tongue planted firmly in cheek), there is always someone vastly more bad ass. We truly stand on the shoulders of giants.
posted by majick at 2:03 PM on September 11, 2002

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posted by hama7 at 5:55 PM on September 11, 2002

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