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 '20 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. – Darek Nędza May 24 '20 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 '20 at 20:11
  • @DecapitatedSoul but "game stats" include your avatar's characteristics, like strength or dexterity. I am not interested in it. – Darek Nędza May 24 '20 at 20:24

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? – Darek Nędza May 26 '20 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 '20 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.

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