Player versus environment

video game or mode in a video game in which the player fights computer-controlled enemies

Player versus environment, also called PvE, is a type of game. The word is used when describing online video games, especially MMORPGs, MUDs, and other online role-playing games. In PvE games, the player fights things that are controlled by the game or computer, not by other players.[1][2] This is different from another type of game, called PvP, where people fight other people. Players can play PvE games by themselves, with other people, or with people also controlled by the game.

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  1. Bartle, Richard (2003). Designing Virtual Worlds. New Riders. p. 406. ISBN 0-13-101816-7. Player versus Environment (PvE). Players are opposed by the environment—that is, the virtual world. In a combat situation, this means player characters (PCs) fight monsters. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. Orland, Kyle; Thomas, Dave; Steinberg, Scott (2007). The Videogame Style Guide and Reference Manual. Lulu.com. p. 51. ISBN 9781430313052.