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What makes a "Gamer"?

Gamer Limit writes "There was once a time when the title "Gamer" wasn't treated like a badge of honor. To be a gamer was to be a geek, or a nerd - the type of person who enjoyed summer afternoons before a glowing array of pixels instead of the great outdoors."

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AcesAndEights3067d ago

Setting boundaries to be a gamer will just end up as "I'm older than you" essentially, and will just act as an excuse when getting beaten senseless on-line"god dammit, lost again, he's not even a real gamer!"

In terms of what it should take to be a "Gamer". Have you ever waited outside a store at midnight, for a game, that you could very easily have just gotten a good night's sleep and picked up the next day? Have you called in sick, because a new title came out? Have you been excited because you just caught 2 seconds of new footage for the same game with a different number? This sort of thing makes a gamer...Or just me...bugger.

Doppy3067d ago (Edited 3067d ago )

Anyway a gamer is a person who plays games whether it's monopoly, internet spades, or whatever.

But a gamer as in a true hardcore gamer, is someone who's experienced games from it's roots. NES, Sega Genesis, etc... Those of us who had that experience are "Gamers" to me. Those of us who spent hours in arcades trying to get our skills up because we didn't have the game are "Gamers". Those of us who have the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS, PSP, and PC's are "Gamers". Gamers play games because they enjoy them and give them an experience they can't get from other entertainment media that's a "Gamer".

thisguywithhair3067d ago

...but not you Aebriscoejr. If you define a gamer based entirely on what games they have to play than almost all "gamers" will never be true gamers because it is simply impossible to play the games that you true gamers say we need to have played. Am I not a gamer simply because I have not finished FFVII? And if so do I simply need to go back and beat the game? Or do I need to have played it back when it first came out? Do I have to beat the game in the shortest amount of time at the highest possible level?

These are just too many questions (and for just a single game to boot) for the label to be acquired this way. And that is just ignoring the games that are not even possible to even play anymore.

Doppy3067d ago

@ 1.2

You didn't read my entire statement. I said "Gamers" are people who play games while "True Hardcore Gamers" are the people who:

1. Have experienced classic games.
2. Spent a percentage of their lives in arcades.
3. Buy multiple console to experience as many games as possible.

A "True Hardcore Gamer" can be categorized into any of these categories. While a "Gamer" is someone who plays games.

1. I play internet spades so I'm a gamer, but playing classics like the original Contra, Metroid, Mega man, Super Tecmo Bowl, Mario, etc... makes me a "True Hardcore gamer" to me.

2. Playing games like Street Fighter 2, Mortal Kombat, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, House of the Dead, Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Space Invaders, King of Fighters, Fatal Fury, Samurai Showdown, and more in arcades for years makes me a "True Hardcore gamer" in my eyes.

3. Having a NES, SNES, N64, GC, Wii, GB, GBC, GBA, DS, PS1, PS2, PSP, PS3, Xbox 360, Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn. Sega Dreamcast, Sega Game Gear, Atari Lynx, and PC makes me a "True Hardcore Gamer" in my eyes.

So yes I have had a lot of gaming consoles and played a ton of games throughout my life, yet I'm only 21. I took the time out to revisit these classic games. I took the time out to go to arcades and play the he!! out of games so I could be good at them until I could get the game for my birthday of Christmas. I tried my best to obtain every console whether it was receiving them as presents or getting a job or doing chores up until I could buy the console. That's a "True Hardcore gamer" to me. You don't have to be some 30 or 40 year old game master, or a frame counter to be a "True Hardcore Gamer". A "True Hardcore gamer" is a person who plays and loves games on every console (PC and arcades as well).

chrisjc3067d ago

Back in the day, if you were a gamer, you generally got made fun of.

After Halo, EVERYTHING changed.

Now, if you're in a group of people want to look cool, you can just say "yea I play Madden, Halo, and Call of Duty with my boys a bit", and you'll instantly get cool points. Times a' changin'!

Homicide3067d ago

I believe Grand Theft Auto III was the one changed that. I mean even the preppy girls were talking about GTA. It was the cool thing to play back in the day. Sure Halo played a role, but it wasn't until Halo 2 'til it made an impact.

OT: Gamers are people who play games, but we can categorize them into different clicks. The most obvious ones are the casuals and the hardcore where the casuals tend to play cooking and pet-setting simulators while hardcore gamers tend to devote a lot of time playing games, trying out different genres and unlocking achievements and etc.

Fullish3067d ago

Are you implying something with your avatar then?

-MD-3067d ago

Is "The Gayme" your favorite rapper?

Spike473067d ago

I refrain from talking about video games with my friends, and especially around girls. LOL

On topic: A gamer is someone who plays games. Easy as that, some just play more than others.

chrisjc3067d ago

Heh. Madden especially is "cool". I enjoy Madden myself, but all the jocks when I used to be in High School talked about it all the time, and so did all the popular kids in the surrounding areas.

I don't think it's "cool" to talk about games generally to girls anywhere, true. I was talking about being in a group of guys at a party or something.

Dimly3067d ago

I make a gamer. 1 gamer

KKanjiAnkh3067d ago

And that my good sir, is all that matters.
Video Games have been my heart since the beginning, and I don't care who's not down w/have some of the most treasured moments.

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