Signs Of An Obsessive Gamer
As I have said countless times before, gaming means different things for different people. We are a diverse culture of many different backgrounds, preferences and methods. Some of us enjoy the thrill of action games while some of us enjoy the intrigue and mystery that is connected to more story-driven games. But there is one sort of gamer that stands out from the crowd. A gamer so invested into the hobby that it is the only thing he/she cares about. That gamer is the type of person that only talks about gaming even in company that has no clue in Satan’s blue ocean what a “Mass Effect” is. Ladies and gentleman, the obsessive gamer.
You might be one yourself and I’m here to outline the signs that might point to you being a gaming maniac. Because I am one.
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Ah, collectibles. All collectibles are at their core are pretty things that you can look at and say: “Oh, that’s pretty cool”. As useless as it sounds, collectibles activate something inside of us that makes us happy. The obsessive gamer is no different. If a game has a collector’s edition available then they will buy it. Even if the game is probably going to be rubbish, they want that cool swag (please shoot me for using that word) no matter what. If you enter an obsessive gamer’s domain you will be flooded with figurines, artbooks, steelbooks, memorabilia, guides and everything in between.
As a collector myself, I don’t really know exactly what compels me to buy the Legendary edition of Halo 3 for a sizeable amount of money just because it has a displayable helmet (I can’t even count how many people asked me if it is a “real” helmet). It is a pride thing. We are proud to be gamers and we are not afraid to show it to the world. Even if that means blowing an entire month’s food budget on the Songbird Edition of Bioshock Infinite.
Sits In Front Of Game Shops
If Apple releases a product, you can be damn sure that people are going to camp out in front of an Apple store just to get the latest piece of hardware that doesn’t have that many changes at all, really. Obsessive gamers are no different. They will sit in front of game shops for hours and in some extreme cases days just to get their hands on the newest installation of a specific game. I’m guilty of this and I have done it more than once. Thankfully, the cities I’ve stayed in do not have a lot of obsessive gamers so there were not any extremely long lines. Regardless, I have gone to shopping centres in the wee hours of the morning in the freezing cold and stood in front of a game shop freezing my nuts off just to get one game. The sales people thought I was insane and I don’t blame them.
Everything Is Gaming Themed
Schoolbags, t-shirts, keychains, posters, stickers, satchels (or “man bag” if you are stupid), phone wallpapers, PC wallpapers, hairdos (not even kidding), phone and tablet covers etc. etc. Everything is gaming themed. Either with a specific game or something to do with the culture. Like the collectible entry, it is a pride thing. You want to show the world that you are a gamer and you do not care what people think about it. Be it wearing an Assassin’s Creed hoodie or having so many gaming badges on your bag that you can barely make out its original cover. I once went through a stage where I made a mural on my wall with snippets of gaming characters from gaming magazines. It got so huge that my entire wall was covered at one point. I still do that, but more tastefully with only square posters all over my walls.
Cannot Remember Spending Money On Anything Else
Gaming is an expensive hobby on both ends of the spectrum. PC gamers have to spend thousands on their gaming rigs to fully experience their games and console gamers have to fork out extra cash for every game they buy because of … reasons. Many people leave gaming entirely because they can’t cope with the financial strain because when it comes down to it, you need food for, you know, survival. Single gamers have it easy because they don’t have to worry about spending money on ridiculously overpriced meals for their spouses. An obsessive gamer only spends money on games and necessities and nothing else. Who wants to take a cruise when you can save the galaxy and engage in coitus with space aliens? That brings me rather neatly to my last point.
Fantasizes About Virtual Characters
Love is an elusive emotion. Not all of us can get some of the action and many turn out to be loners. What do you do when you are lonely? Fantasize about stuff. I don’t have a good track record with the ladies even with my
extremely large manhood witty charm, so I latched onto the people I love in a fictional world. It might sound extremely close to a hentai fascination, but I assure you, that’s rarely the case. These fictional characters make you love them within a game and you can’t help but imagine a life with them. It’s weird and creepy, but feeling are feelings right? Right?
Sometimes I wish they would just jump out of the glowing box and onto my lap. I first have to put the chips bowl on the floor, but regardless.
Being an obsessive gamer is challenging, but fun. If you love your hobby so much then you will be proud of it. I seriously cannot imagine my life without gaming and I’m grateful that I can be one of the obsessive types. Do you have an obsession?