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4 definitions by LWM

 
1.
A positive appellation referring to when things weren't flashy but empty of substance, were done by hard work, didn't pander to the lowest common denominator, and required real skill. Labour-saving devices, shortcuts that reduce quality and quitting before the task is done are not characteristics of "old school."

In reference to computer games, refers to a game that had substantial playability without flashy graphics or eye candy. Old school gamers appreciate difficult maneuvers, careful planning, and scorched earth policies.

In reference to role-playing games, old school refers to games that tested players' wits, could kill off careless characters, and required dedication and inner strength to play. Old school games didn't pander to the ideas that everyone is created equal, that all options are open to all races, that the markets were somehow free, and that a quasi-medieval society could have near 100% literacy.

See also classic.
"What's your favorite computer game?"
"StarCrack!"
"Old School, man!"

HackMaster: old school gaming. Who's watching your back?
by LWM May 30, 2008
 
2.
Former name of the Russian city St. Petersburg under communist rule. Used to be the capital of Russia before the Revolution. Leningradians are very proud of their city and think they are much more cultured then Moskovites, and think they suffered more from the Nazis then other cities.

They may be right.
"It was a long and terrible siege, but we survived. Troy fell. Rome fell. Leningrad did not fall!"
by LWM January 08, 2008
 
3.
To take a chance and reach for some goal or desire.

While kids rode on a Merry Go Round, those on the outside had a chance to reach for a gold (or brass) ring hanging outside the carrousel. If he or she managed to grab it, (s)he recieved some prize - often a free ride.
Stan grabbed for the gold ring, but fell flat on his face. "grab for the gold ring"
by LWM June 02, 2006
 
4.
A "community" or forum topic in livejournal or another such online social networked site.
Hey, check out this cat lover's comm on lj!
by LWM September 28, 2012