Wolf’s Wicked Words: What Is A Gamer?
*Alternate title: What Is A Gamer And Why Do We Feel The Need To Differentiate Ourselves?
I’ll ask again, what is a gamer?
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Seeing as how you’re reading this on a gaming website, you’ll feel confident that you know the answer.
I’ve been gaming for a very sizable time of my life (not that that would mean all that much on its own) and yet I’m not one hundred percent sure as to the exact term and the precise meaning it contains somewhere hidden deep in a murky cupboard. If you wander over to the definition for a “gamer” on Wikipedia, you’ll notice that when you scroll down we’re divided into different groups. Not something I’m very fond of, but as with everything or everyone in life, we’re divided into certain segments of society.
The reason for my group-based disliking may not be a biggie, but I feel that gamers as a group are looked down upon more often than not and I, for one do not look down on the non-gaming folk; therefor dividing an already “inferior” group as some clueless people may believe is even more puerile. I wish for them to experience gaming and all the rare jewels it carries proudly on its gold-encrusted BioShock Infinite crown. (I just had to.) There has been great articles on this very site about the different types of gamers out there, some of which are guaranteed to provide a chuckle. I have no problem with other people wanting gamers to be divided into groups, Hell, you yourself might prefer this, but I like to think that we’re one big crowd with a great hobby and interest.
Gaming is growing, sure, but most of the world population do not gaze at gaming as an equal form of entertainment yet when compared to books or films. We’ve seen some prime examples in storytelling in 2013 alone and the year may still have a few titles deeming our attention, never mind the stories that we’ve yet to experience in the coming years. (If the whole planet doesn’t suffocate or something.)
Back to the matter at hand. I feel that the term: “gamer” is not one to be divided into groups, but rather one to be diversified. We will still have a broad range of “types” to cover inside this unified group, but as with any family be it like in the mafia or your regular old family, you’ll never end up liking every one of its members.
You will encounter stubborn ones, arrogant ones, know-it all’s and every bothersome aspect in gamer form that may be found in the outside world. Taking that into account one must also take into consideration that you’ll encounter all the remarkable and intellectually noteworthy traits that we also find in the outside world albeit rare and under various unexpected rocks.
I would much prefer gamers to be seen under one umbrella, but people do not always like each other, they do not always cooperate and some people do not will it to have a tag attached to them, and you know what, that’s fine.
Taking into account the several things noted above; what is a gamer?
I’ve encountered an entire litter of gamers along the path of my life wanderings and only a small number which I can count on one hand have the same passion towards the medium.
I persist in comparing gaming to books and films. I’ve done that in several articles, but if I were to compare the people who enjoy reading books and watching films, you will not gawk at everyone and see the same commitment and passion. People aren’t the same and that’s in every facet in life, entertainment included.
So, I’ll ask again: what is a gamer?
We want to participate in our medium of entertainment; we do not want to be observers the entire time. We want to drive the story and feel like it was us as much as the characters going through it all. Narratives are magnificent and being a part of said narratives just adds to the magic all the more.
We’re gamers. There will be a different attitudes coming from different people, but it’s still one group. You don’t have casual readers or hardcore readers, at least not to my knowledge?
If you love a certain craft, why do you want to add one or several asterisks to the aforementioned craft?
Who are we?