We all know the basic smiley faces :-)
I've picked up some other emoticons that seem more specific to gamer
- Hello! A little man waving an arm. Used for greetings; one reply
- Hooray! A little man cheering with both arms raised. An alternate
- qq or QQ
- Crying. Two eyes with tears streaming down. Usually used
ironically, particularly in the phrase
"less QQ and more pew pew". Ie:
stop whining and play.
- Oh really? A face with one eye cocked in astonishment or scrutiny.
Often used in response to inappropriate jokes and
Crisp hats. Useful emoticon; I can't think of a good alternative
picture or phrase. Bay suggests
O RLY?, which is close, but O.o
doesn't really connote skepticism.
Most of these I got from chatting in Eve Online, where most players
O.o form feels particularly English to me. I see a fair
number of these in World of Warcraft as well.