or gibbing [jihb] or [gihb]
What does gib mean?
Gib, short for giblets, is gaming slang for violently killing a foe in a way that blows them up or otherwise scatters their body parts.
Where does gib come from?
The delightful term gib comes from the equally delightful word giblets, referring the edible organs of a fowl, i.e., their guts. Gib, as it’s used in video games, similarly references someone’s insides. Gibs are the result of what gamers call an overkill or critical hit–they make a foe’s body parts explode in different directions.
Tis the season to be gibbing.
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The term is said to be coined by Adrian Carmack, one of the people who worked on the 1993 computer game Doom. Gibs are prominently featured in the game and were later a topic of discussion in gaming forums like GameFAQs.
Gib came to prominence in 2018 thanks to game designer Warren Spector. In response to a compilation of gibbing in video games made by Donald’s Trump’s White House, Spector said: “The games I work on typically offer alternatives to violence; I try to show the consequences; there aren’t any decapitations, bloody gibbing headshots or ax killings.” The White House had made the video to highlight video game violence after the Parkland school shooting in Florida on February 2018. (Warning: graphic content)
Examples of gib
Who uses gib?
An instance of gibs is call gibbing. Gib can also be a verb: To gib a foe is to shoot or explode them into bloody bits.
— ModDB (@ModDB) April 8, 2019
Gaming gibs are often found in first-person shooters, which feature high-powered artillery like machine guns and havoc-wreaking cannons. Games like Doom, Gears of War, Baldur’s Gate, Dead Space, and Left 4 Dead are known for gibbing in their graphics. As they are extremely graphic in their depictions of violence, these games usually carry an M rating for “mature.”
There are some variations on gib. For example, getting instagibbed is being killed in one shot, i.e., a single hit that gibs a character immediately.
Hopefully Spiderman gets instagibbed and is never seen again.
— Michael (@BellularGaming) March 11, 2016
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