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Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "pinging around" in the following sentence:

But it’s not only about pinging around a screen in the vain hope you take down another wrestler’s power bar.

The sentence is from the description of the game The Muscle Hustle. Here is a description of the game from a different source:

You’ve never played a wrestling game like this before! Collect, train, level up and evolve hundreds of wrestlers. Combine the unique stats and abilities of your hyper heroes to build the perfect tag-team for each match and battle it out in extensive single player campaigns or the real-time PvP league.

I got two meanings: "bounce" and "hit". In my opinion, "ping" can be replaced with "hit" here. However, I am waiting for native speakers to confirm this or offer any other insights.

Thank you for your time.

  • Did you look up the term "ping"? Pleaee include your research. – Mari-Lou A Mar 4 at 6:50
  • @Mari-LouA I got two meanings: "bounce" and "hit". In my opinion, "ping" can be replaced with "hit" here. However, I am waiting for native speakers to confirm this or offer any other insights. – curious Mar 4 at 7:06
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    The meaning seems pretty clear, the player figuratively "bounces" around the arena (ring?) searching to grab and/or wrestle their opponent. – Mari-Lou A Mar 4 at 7:12
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    You probably need a gamer to answer this question to your satisfaction. All the best! – Mari-Lou A Mar 4 at 7:13
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I can understand why you might have trouble understanding "pinging" in this context. The closest dictionary definition is:

Make or cause to make a short, high-pitched ringing sound.

It is most closely associated with the game ping-pong, and the sound that the tiny, hollow ball makes striking the table and the paddle. However, by extension, English speakers also use the term "pinging" to describe the action of something bouncing off a surface.

One of the very first video games was 'Pong' - based on the game of ping-pong. Many other early video games used the 4 edges of the screen as if they were walls and had objects (sprites) bounce off them. It has become something of a video game trope to say that an object is "pinging around the screen", not just for things that bounce off walls, but any kind of rapid movement.

But it's not only about pinging around a screen in the vain hope you take down another wrestler's power bar.

Your quote also speaks about the "vanity" of playing a video game, and I get a sense that the term 'pinging around' may be used to reduce the complexity of the video game in question and make it sound more futile.

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