FPS

1. What game genre is FPS?

First-person shooter

Gamers use FPS as shorthand for the "first-person shooter" genre. First-person shooters are 3D action games in which players:

  • View the game's world from their character's limited, first-person perspective
  • Attack enemies with a gun or other projectile weapon

Popular FPSes include Call of Duty (CoD), Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Half-Life, and Doom. Many FPSes include both player vs. computer (PvC) and player vs. player (PvP) modes, allowing players to play against either the game's AI or other players.

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Doom, Wolfenstein 3D, and Marathon were some of the first FPS games.
A Redditor waxing nostalgic for old FPSes

A Redditor waxing nostalgic for old FPSes

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Updated February 10, 2022
2. What does FPS stand for?

Frames per second

FPS (frames per second) is a measure of a film or video game's frame rate (the number of consecutive images shown each second). Techies often use this measurement to judge the performance of a computer's graphic card. The higher FPS a card can show, the better quality it is.

Gamers may encounter confusion while using the FPS acronym, as it can stand for either first-person shooter or frames per second. To add to this confusion, those who play online FPSes often talk about their in-game FPS - because without a solid FPS, a player is more at risk of getting PK'd.

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With my new NVIDIA video card, I can get over 120 FPS in Quake 4!
A gamer getting ready to enjoy higher FPS counts

A gamer getting ready to enjoy higher FPS counts

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Updated April 1, 2022

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