1) Term used to denote the process where fish, and other water dwelling organisms, deposit and fertilize eggs during reproduction. 2) The term has been adopted in video games, especially first-person shooters. In its most basic sense, the phrase simply means any shooting game with a first person perspective (which would mean games like Unreal, Quake, Doom, and many combat flight simulators, etc.). In this context, spawning is the creation of a player's avatar in the game. This occurs at the beginning of the round or immediately after being killed. Most games have "spawn points" scattered throughout the map, though in levels designed for team play, there may simply be two areas, one for each team. Some players will lie in wait around spawn points to kill players as they spawn, a practice known as spawn camping.