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What Does Zerg Rush Mean?

Zerg rush is a term used in several real-time strategy games (RTS) to describe an overpowering attack by a player against his opponent, usually early in the game. This term was popularized by "StarCraft". The Zerg, the most well-known playable race in the game, has the ability to rapidly produce small and cheap offensive units called zerglings in a short period of time, allowing the player to overwhelm his opponents forces very early in the game.

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The term Zerg rush continued to spread, and was first defined and registered in the Urban Dictionary on December 25, 2004. Encyclopedia Dramatica also showed other situations that portrayed the term. It is now used to describe any situation in a game where a small group of stronger units or players is overwhelmed by weaker ones through sheer numbers.

With its increasing popularity, Google made a playable easter egg that is activated bye typing "zerg rush" into the search bar. As the search is activated, all letter O’s in the word Google start to devour all the search results if they are not clicked right away. When all the results have been devoured, a score board tallies the player’s score, which can be posted on Google+.

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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.