Much like the debate between PC and console gamers (let's not go there), there is also another debate that has ravaged for years: that between hardcore gamer vs casual gamer, with one party often looking down their noses at the other.
The reason I bring this up is that a commenter on Monday's blog called me a casual gamer just because I'd written how I got very little gaming done over the weekend because the weather was so good. I wasn't offended by the comment - I actually chuckled a little - but it got me thinking.
Is there really a distinction over what a gamer is these days? Fundamentally, aren't we all gamers, just in a different form? Aren't we all part of some giant brother/sisterhood that is working towards the same end goal: getting video games accepted by those that don't understand it - or am I talking bollocks and hardcore gamers really are better than causal gamers?
According to the Oxford Online dictionary a gamer is described thus: "a person who plays a game or games, typically a participant in a computer or role-playing game". Isn't that all of us who play games, whether it be the veteran gamer who play lengthy sessions of Battlefield 3 or the mother-of-three who tootles away at Bejewelled on her tablet while she's waiting for the washing to finish?
Sure there are gamers out there who can rightly claim to be more active gamers than others but let's face it: those of us who have families, jobs and outside interests aren't going to be playing eight hours a day - there just isn't enough time in the day for that - but that doesn't make me any less a gamer than those that do. I like to thing that I get the best of both worlds: enjoy the family time during the day time, play the games at night. It's a balance that works for me.
Perhaps it's about time we got rid of the distinction - hardcore and casual - and just called us all gamers? I'd be interested in your thoughts on the hardcore vs casual situation.
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