Refers to gaming occurences where certain features, functions or abilities within a game (electronic or otherwise) experience cycles of nerfing
It also refers to a feedback loop in game balance and development.
It commonly occurs due to bad reputations attached to nerfed
items or abilities, which results in the abandonment of Y in favor of X. As X becomes more favored it appears to become OP
) and risks being nerfed itself and thus repeating the cycle.
"They've nerfed almost every gun in this game because of the cry babies. Nerf Syndrome or what."