Expecting everything to be custom tailored for you is the surest way to end up angry in the end. It is like walking into a store and complaining that a red shirt isn't blue enough for you. If you don't want to wear a red shirt, don't buy a red shirt and then expect it to change into the color you want it to be.Apparently, there was much discussion yesterday on Twitter about trying to define the term "Gamer" and specifically, who gets to claim the term. Belghast would like to include folks playing Bejeweled on their phone while they wait for the bus, while others are far more exclusionary. Roger Edwards questions the need for labels at all. I think there is some value in labels, but that labeling everyone who happens to play Minesweeper a gamer diffuses the term so as to make it meaningless. I am not a mini-golfer just because I go to Putt-Putt once in a blue moon.
~Belghast, Change is Scary
Let's put it it this way:
- If you consider the games you play to be a hobby, you might be a gamer.
- If you set aside time to play a game on a regular basis, you might be a gamer.
- If you spend time thinking about a game while not actually playing, you might be a gamer.
- If you've ever bored or annoyed someone because you're talking about a game you've played, you might be a gamer.
- If you do research to improve your performance in the game you are playing, you might be a gamer.
- If someone who is definitely not a gamer would comment on your gaming when describing you, you might be a gamer.
- If you write about gaming, you might be a gamer.
- If you argue on social media about who gets to be called a gamer, you're probably a gamer.
- If you think you are somehow more a "Gamer" than someone else because you play on certain platforms or difficulty levels or are more "hardcore" or are more skilled or more committed—or whatever—shut the fuck up.
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