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Submitted by jyang 975d ago | article

What is a Gamer?

What does 'gamer' mean? Why is it important, to whom is it important, and what does it do? What makes or defines a gamer? Anthony Coughlin takes a brief look at the history of the 'gamer'. (Culture, Halo 4, Industry, Jack Thompson, Jeff Gerstmann, Mountain Dew, Nintendo)

GreenRanger  +   975d ago | Funny
Gamer: Someone who plays games all day and all night.
These mysterious creatures form spiritual bonds with a lump of plastic, often defending that piece of plastic to the bitter, bloody end.
Gamers joins websites in the dark corners of the internet and have verbal battles, which often leading to lifelong grudges.
Pictures of girls sends this creature into a frenzy, ironically, it's only in this savage frenzy that gamers actually get along with one another.
Gamers are the scapegoats of society.
Gamers have mastered the art of playing with one hand, often holding a drink, food or a body part in the other.
Gamers are not shy about attacking other gamers, but if a regular person attacks gaming, they will unite, moan and disperse in a matter of minutes.
Certain gamers let their plastic box go to their heads and lash out at anyone who doesn't share their opinion. If you even speak to one of these "Feral Gamers", you will begin to lose brain cells. Avoid at all costs.
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KangarooSam  +   975d ago
Bubbles to you whether you wrote it or not haha classic
NastyLeftHook0  +   975d ago
A GAMER IS A HUMAN BEING FROM PLANET EARTH.
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Outside_ofthe_Box  +   975d ago
A gamer is someone who plays video games as a hobby.
MyCarAndMyGuitar  +   975d ago
It's not a hobby, it's a passion.
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aLucidMind  +   975d ago
A hobby often is a person's passion.
zealot_x  +   975d ago
A miserable pile of...
oops sorry, wrong article
ShaunCameron  +   975d ago
FPS-loving morons? (c) Hideo Kojima
zebrahim  +   975d ago
A true gamer buys games for the love of the experience it provides. A sense of escapism. A true gamer defends his right to engage in constrive debate on the issues and affords opinion an opportunity to permeate his perception. A new generation gamer struggles to find work...uses games to pacify their obvious inadequacies and hijacks forums to try and convince gamers of three things.

1. Consoles for next gen should be sold at $300. Because they are too lazy to work and save up for a proper gaming experience.
2. Advises gamers of their superiority when it's obvious they can't hold down a conversation due to their ADD.
3. Forces their ignorant opinion on why one console brand is better than the next because they can only afford 1.

So....there will be chaos in 2013-14 as these lazy Generation Y gamers pursue their desperate attempts to enforce mainstream mediocrity. Game companies will go bankrupt and we will be forced to play games that require inaccurate body gestures aimed at a younger generation. We will have no choice but to play sport games that tweak minor advances year on year. Eventually we will have to adapt to 99c games on a thin screen that tries hard to mimick a proper gaming experience.
zerocrossing  +   975d ago
Actually I'm a generation Y gamer (25 fits the bill if I'm not mistaken) and I don't do any of that negative stuff you mentioned.

I'm probably as angry and bitter as you are given the current state of the gaming industry, but generalising and segregating an entire demographic and labeling them as some kind reason/cause for all negativity in gaming is missing the bigger picture.

The mainstream media is the real problem, catering to the ignorant, lazy, misinformed posers who have the gull to call themselves "gamers" whilst playing only the latest COD or so called AAA titles they're told to all year round, that is what hurts the industry.

I will always say gaming is at it's best when games are created as a form of art, not when designed by checklist to appeal to the lowest common denominator.
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MyCarAndMyGuitar  +   975d ago
Good article.
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Ezz2013  +   975d ago
gamers are ... can't talk right now

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zerocrossing  +   975d ago
It's OK it looks like gamer bunny's playing on the PS3 and likely a current gen game, I could hold a conversation and eat sandwich during a boss fight and win these days, lol.
ApolloTheBoss  +   975d ago
Not if you're going for a platinum trophy.
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zerocrossing  +   975d ago
Who cares about trophies?
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Myst-Vearn  +   975d ago
zzz
nintendoland  +   975d ago
Real gamer wouldn't buy vita
Picnic  +   975d ago
True gamers never really talk about how they are a true gamer.

If you only get enjoyment from telling other people your 'achievements' then you're just like any real sports bore. You're insecurity with the cracks filled in by vanity and ludicrous amounts of exposure.

For me a true gamer gets more out of the atmosphere of a game than from number of kills. It's not a board game, it's a videogame to immerse you in to another world.
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Stoppokingme  +   975d ago
This article reminds me of the fabled gaming commandments.

1.Thou shall not be AFK.

2.Thou shall not play on easy.

3.Thou shall not covet a neighbors' dragon.

4.Honor thy team mate.

5.Thou shalt not steal, only if their sneak is high enough.

The rest are lost to history. Legends say that the other commandments are buried deep within the water temple.
Tzuno  +   975d ago
A person that is intelligent enough to play and understand games finishing them like cakes. I salute all the ignorant persons that doesn't know how to save a number in their phone.
jyang  +   975d ago
So it is based on merit?
sonicsidewinder  +   975d ago
A Miserable little pile of secrets!

But enough talk... Have at you!!!

ho!ho!ha!
ginsunuva  +   975d ago
Someone who plays games, not gets addicted to one of them.

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