In some games there are statistic about how many times user have done something. Examples:

Cookie Clicker:

  • Cookies baked
  • Cookies forfeited by ascending
  • Legacy started
  • Building owned
  • Cookie clicks
  • Reindeer found

NGU idle:

  • Total Rebirths
  • Total Boss Defeated
  • Highest Damage Dealt in 1 Hit

It is like passive voice without "to be". I am confused with "cookie clicks" and "total rebirths". As "clicks" & "rebirths" are not verbs.

Edit: I am looking for a term that describe how to create above elements from the lists. If it does not have a term, are there some rules?

  • It's not very clear what you're asking. Are you looking for a term that describes all these measurements (as your title suggests), or are you looking for an explanation as to why "cookie clicks" and "total rebirths" don't fit the pattern of the other measurements?
    – Juhasz
    May 24, 2020 at 17:12
  • @Juhasz Yes, I am looking for a term. I am just trying to guess what it is but those 2 things confuses me. May 24, 2020 at 19:51
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    Do you mean 'game stats'? I play a game in which these things are called 'game stats'.
    – Void
    May 24, 2020 at 20:11
  • @DecapitatedSoul but "game stats" include your avatar's characteristics, like strength or dexterity. I am not interested in it. May 24, 2020 at 20:24
  • Those are all noun phrases. "Cookies baked" means "cookies that have been baked". It doesn't matter that they don't have the same format. All of them can be counted. If you're looking for a technical term in game design that means all the things that are counted, then this is the wrong forum for your question. Try the Game Development SE
    – gotube
    May 26, 2022 at 16:23

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In a game which i used to play, there was a section called "Data" where you could see a list of various gameplay stats, stuff like:

  • Doors picked
  • Number of terminals hacked
  • Creatures killed
  • Humans killed

You get the idea. And there was a different section for my character's abilities and skills which was called "Stats". However i'm not sure if there is any general term for these or any rules at all.

  • It seems to be <noun> <verb (*1)> <by / in / ...> ... "Cookie clicks" & "Total Rebirths" doesn't fit in that formula. *1 is it in the 2nd form or 3rd form? May 26, 2020 at 14:32
  • @DarekNędza In my opinion "Cookie clicks" is just same as "Cookies clicked" , and really it doesn't matter how they are written.
    – Ali Nategh
    May 26, 2020 at 14:34

This sort of writing is common in news headlines, where the goal is to use as few words as possible. “to be” verbs are removed from the passive form, knowing the reader will reinsert them mentally as needed. Or maybe they’re just nouns with post-nominal adjectives. The two would look the same and mean roughly the same thing. It gets the idea across even though it may not be clear why it works.

Either way, it’s not grammar we would tolerate in normal writing or speaking, so I’m not sure there’s an official term for it.


With lists of items it is often a given that they are abbreviated. Sometimes they will follow a leading sentence, for example:

In my spare time I go:

  • swimming
  • cycling
  • running

You could take any one of the activities from the list and tag it on the end of the leading sentence, remove the colon, and you'd have a grammatical sentence.

With statistics, this can be even less verbose, as you are into the realm of mathematics. Consider:

2 + 2 = 4

There's no need to make this any more verbose and say "the sum of two plus two is four". The numbers speak for themselves.

Likewise with your game stats. Saying "creatures killed: 4" is in effect saying "the number of creatures you have killed is four". Statistics often need no introduction, especially if they are on a page titled 'statistics'. You recognise these as statistics in your game so there is no ambiguity about what they are. It is a given that what you will read is the number of times various metrics have been counted.

You said that "click" and "birth" (as in "cookie clicks" and "total rebirths") are not verbs. Actually, they can be - to click on something, especially in a computing sense, is an action and a verb. Likewise, 'birth' can be used as a verb to mean the act of giving birth, or sometimes assisting with one. Both have an '-ing' form - clicking and birthing. However, you can count the number of times an action took place and in doing so it acts as a noun. So, "he clicked 5 times" could be counted as "5 clicks".

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