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Final Vote: TechnoBuffalo Defines Pwning

by Emily Price | May 12, 2011May 12, 2011 6:15 pm PST

TechnoBuffalo DefinesTechnoBuffalo Defines is a weekly thing here on the range, where every Tuesday we give you guys a new tech term to define. You give us your best shot at a definition in the comments, and then the TechnoBuffalo staff picks our favorites from the mix, posts them on Thursdays as a poll, and let you all vote for who you think did the best job of explaining the term to everyone else- with the winner walking away with a cool prize

This week’s term was: pwning

We looked through the responses and picked these as our favorites. Now it’s your time to decide! You have until 12am Sunday to vote for your favorite.

REMINDER: We were only able to pick people who left a comment on the original post while signed in through Facebook or Twitter, or who left their contact info with their comments. You couldn’t win if we didn’t have a way to contact you! If that applies to you, make sure to remember to leave some form of contact or sign in next time!

Choice 1: Tyler G

First used by 43 year old Allen Philips who lived in his mothers basement, Pwned (pwning) was his word he used when his mother, Deb, disrupted his game play. Allen would become furious and yell at his mom, holding back his tears, “Mom you pwned me again!” This typically happened while his headset was on and other 40 year old men/12 year old boys began picking it up and using it out of context. Thus PWNING was born and an interesting history lesson was taught.

Choice 2: Robert Devald

“Total domination or shutdown of a person, place, or thing.”

Choice 3: Micah Thomas

Pwning was created when a World of Warcraft developer misspelled a word. “Player has been pwned” instead of “Player has been owned”. It was a common mistake considering the P and the O are next to each other on the keyboard. Now people use it in video games and any other time as a way to tell the opponent that he/she just epically failed and the winner has completely “pwned’ the opponent.

Choice 4: Michael Li

Pwning (v): Used so often when you are winning; not by a little, like complete wreckage.

EX: “My score is OVER 9000!!! What is your score?”
“Uhh… 49…?”
“you’re such a n00b, YOU JUST GOT PWNED!!!!”

Choice 5: Blake Sharp

pwning to be awesome at everything



Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...