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Had a discussion with a few co-workers today and the topic came up. Surprisingly a lot of people said its the hardware that makes you a gamer, but I heavily disagreed. I feel that it's the ability to play a variety of games and not confine yourself to just one particular genre. The ability to pick-up a game and play it for what it's worth rather than rushing through single-player and playing multiplayer. I mean I wouldn't go so far as to call myself an achievement whore, but I do try at least to beat challenges or find hidden easter eggs throughout the game. What do you guys think?
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I think it's to broad to give a definite definition to a gamer. I consider myself a gamer, but for some reason I can't get into RTS games for the life of me. I like FPS, RPG, puzzle, racing, flying, etc. I don't think that makes me any less a gamer just because I can't get into one certain genre. If you play games and like to play games, you are a gamer. Maybe not a pro gamer, but a gamer none the less.

Everyone will have a different definition according to how they view it. Some people will tailor the definition differently so it includes them being a gamer...such as I have done.

I think you hit it on the head when you said playing the game for what it is worth and getting enjoyment out of it. Not complaining about the little things, but ejoying what you are playing when you are playing.
Edited by jbobb - 4/11/11 at 3:16pm
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It's just someone who has gaming as one of their favorite hobbies.
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It's not the hardware, it's the DESIRE and COMPULSION to play games that makes you a gamer.

Just my two cents
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A gamer has a primary focus on games and devotes a higher than average time to playing games. Secondary topics like hardware become more tangential issues. They still matter, but are not weighted in the same importance they would hold for a PC enthusiast. A PC gamer's consideration to hardware upgrades are more in terms of their satisfaction with their gaming experience alone. A PC gamer would be more likely take the money an enthusiast would spend upgrading their Penryn system to Sandy Bridge and buy more games instead.
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Gaming is pretty much my hobby, and i've been gaming since around 1992. A few things about what i think makes a gamer a gamer is:

- No platform bias. Just play whatever game you want on whatever platform it's provided. Don't sit and wait and moan about no ports.

- Instead of sitting on a forum and raging all day about XYZ in this game and that, play something else instead ffs. Nobody is forcing you to play a game you don't like.

- If you're a gamer from my gen, you'll know that "Real Core Gamers" play, can play, and enjoy many many different genres of games across several platforms. I personally fell that this is a key requirement to earn the "Hardcore Gamer" badge


Well besides my major time wasters PC & Console gaming, i still take the time to play tabletop games as well. Boardgames, TCGs, Pen and Paper RPGs, that kinda stuff... Well i don't really have time for RPing and TCGs anymoar, but they still peak my curiosity


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A true gamer doesn't own a console
    
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If you're so white that people often mistake you for being very sick, you're a gamer.
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Easy...cracked, soiled and heavily worn W-A-S-D keys on their keyboard.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tryagainplss View Post
A true gamer doesn't own a console
What a ridiculous comment.

Quote:
Originally Posted by AllenR View Post
It's not the hardware, it's the DESIRE and COMPULSION to play games that makes you a gamer.
This is more like it.
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