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It's something we, as members of GameInformer Online, play. Whether we play it occassionally, or religiously, it does not matter. We all love video games to one extent or the other, and whether it be a pastime, obsession, or career, we all come together on this common ground: video games.
But does that make us gamers? What is a "gamer"?
Lately, I've been wondering about something, whether or not I would consider myself to be a gamer. The topic of "gamers" can be controversial when to what people who love video games call themselves, and everyone has their own views about it. Just as everyone has their own opinion about anything.
Gamer. Some people don't like to describe themselves with that title. Some see it as too shallow of a word to use. Others don't wish to associate themselves with what society sees gamers as(what do they see "gamers" as, anyways?), and some simply don't want others to judge them for that title. I suppose there could be other reasons, but, to me, those stand out the most.
Doesn't really have to do anything with what I said, but I like motivational/demotivational posters.
One of the most important things a person can realize in life is that there is not any single title that humankind can use to label himself.
*disclaimer* when I say him, man, his, or human, I refer to both women and men, and do not select simply the male gender. It's just easier to say "man" and whatnot.**
What is man? One might say that man is who he is because of his anatomy, the physical parts that consist. But that's only the physical aspect. You are not who you are just because of your body. Your body is part of you, but by looking at a picture of you, you cannot tell who someone is just by their body.
Another might say that what makes man is his thought processes. Man's ability to think intelligently, learn, speak, to communicate with others, is a quality that no animal has to the extent that man does.
Some might say that what makes man "man" is his abilities(or the lack thereof), mankind's ability to build, to form a society, to write law and to govern or be governed. But is society solely what makes mankind?
Again, others might say man's beliefs are what makes him human. His uniquenesses, what he stands for, his morals(or lack of) are, what his convictions are.
So, what exactly is man? What makes mankind what it is?
Wait... Nope... What?! WHAT ON EARTH?!
In my opinion, all of these things are what make man what mankind is. And so much more than that, also. His ability to think, learn, speak, work, perform in society, have convictions, morals, beliefs, religion(or lack of)--this is what makes man who he is.
There isn't one single term that you can use to describe man's intricacies.
So, why am I not a gamer?
I guess you could say that I am a gamer. I mean, I do play video games, quite a bit.
But I refuse to label myself as one specific thing. If you ask me who I am, I'm not going to tell you first and foremost that I am a gamer.
I am a man. I am a Christian. I am an American. I am a conservative. I am a worker. I am a (home)cook. I am a student. I am a nerd. I am a musician. I am a singer(kinda). I am a reader. I am a (web)surfer. I am an amateur(and very much so) movie buff.
I can't simply tell you that I am a man, that I am a Christian, or that I am a gamer. It only covers a single aspect of who I am. I cannot tell you that I am a gamer, because that's only one part of me. Everyone is unique in their own right, and there is not a single aspect that makes you unique. EVERYTHING about who you are makes you unique.
You're unique... Just like everyone else.
Resistance is futile.
I play video games for three main reasons:
I enjoy reading books, and some comics. I watch movies, and I play video games for mainly this reason: story. To me, that is what matters most in a video game. Story is what grips my heart into love for a franchise, what makes me a fan. From when I first played video games, to now, the games that mattered the most to me were the story-based games. I've had a knack for playing through campaigns and taking in the stories.
I will admit that I also play for gameplay. I do play them for what you can do in them, whether it be the wide range of combat skills and character classification in an RPG, the tactical aspect(or the absence of) of an FPS, or the make-your-brain-explode thinking you have to do in puzzle/platformers.
Enough said. MIND = BLOWN.
And yes, I do play for interaction. I do enjoy multiplayer in video games. Finding good players to function with you as a team and engage in combat on a virtual battlefield is satisfying, and entertaining. Whether I win or lose, I don't often care. I enjoy interacting with and meeting people on XBOX Live.
I discovered how fun multiplayer was earlier this year... And I find myself playing a few matches every day. There's just something relaxing about it, victory or defeat. People are fun to talk to and mess with.
I will not say that I play games for graphics, because I grew up playing N64 and Atari games. I enjoy old 8 bit games(Atari/NES) a lot, despite their age. There's something about them that is timeless, that is enjoyable, no matter how old they get. Makes me wish I had an NES and an Atari... D:
But, no matter how enjoyable the aspect of gameplay or interaction/multiplayer can be enjoyable, story is always chief for me, whether it be literature, cinema, or video games.
That is the main reason why I don't like calling myself a gamer. The title doesn't fit for me, in my opinion. I would much rather tell someone I am a story enthusiast than label myself as a gamer.
So, there you have it. There's my piece. I am not a gamer.
I am much more. And I refuse to confine myself to any one single definition. I am who I am, and that is a PLETHORA of things, one of which happens to be a guy to be a gamer.
It isn't wrong for someone to call himself a gamer. You are whoever you are, and you can claim to be whoever you want to be. You can label yourself with whatever you want to. There is nothing wrong with calling yourself a gamer. I just see the title as a misleading term.
So, what are your thoughts?
Do you agree with my opinion(or with what you see my opinion as)? Do you disagree? Do you see yourself as a gamer? Or do you see yourself as much more? Both? Whatever your opinion is, know that it is what you believe. My opinion is not fact, and neither is yours.
Thank you for reading, I really hope you, as a reader, were filled with provoking thoughts, and I really would love to hear your thoughts on this.