The Word “Gamer” is Evolving
As a term, “gamer” consists of several different types of groups. “Gamer” could be an all-inclusive term to describe the maligned, often-misunderstood crowd of people that regularly engage in video, computer, or tabletop games. In one realm, there is a range of chess-players. In another realm, in a casual setting, there is a family playing a popular classic called Monopoly. Getting closer to our jargon is a “fitness gamer,” who plays motion-based exercise games. Believe it or not, it gets real.
Though the percentage of people who participate in such activities has increased in recent years, a certain stigma still surrounds those courageous millions who operate as “viral gamers.” These are the people you see getting together for a rousing session of Dungeons & Dragons once a week, or who you will regularly see planted in front of a TV or computer monitor, immersed in the bliss of “gamedom.”
This is not to say gamers are the bespectacled hermits that the stereotype has long been. We are everywhere, in many shapes and forms. We live and breathe the likes of Halo, Warcraft, Unreal Tournament, Mage: The Ascension, and more. The gamer is here to stay, replacing the couch potato stuck on watching drab television.
The Many Different Levels of a Gamer
This level of gamer has zero familiarity with gaming. They often have no idea what the hell they are doing. In fact, this clueless group does not even bother to learn the basics of a game. It isn’t hard to move up from this level once you sit down, take the time, and grow to know the basics of a game. Yet, in most situations, this group is most likely to stick to simplistic games, at least in the beginning.
Some gamers spend a small amount of time each day gaming, while others only sit down to game a few times a week. Some spend multiple hours each day perfecting their technique – it all depends on how much they like the game and which level they strive to reach. One big-league peeve is when a newb leaps into a complex game and asks ridiculous questions during a chat session. It slows everyone down. Expect turbulence.
Let’s discuss the different levels of gamers.
Base Level Gamer
Regrettably, after all these years of togetherness, there are still a few warriors at Galactic Warrior Empire that still suck! They shall remain Newbs in this virtual lifetime. Nonetheless, most of us began as casual gamers and have enjoyed the camaraderie for years.
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A casual or leisure gamer enjoys playing games but their time/interest is somewhat limited. They know the basics of various games and play just for fun to relax. They tend to play more games designed for ease of gameplay such as Subnautica, or play more involved or role-playing games in small groups. They aren’t too caught up in their win rate or high score. They’ll play at a slower pace. The typical casual gamer is older and predominantly female. Occasionally, a casual player may turn their gaming up a notch.
A Mid-Core Gamer
These core gamers often have a wider range of interests than a casual gamer. They play different kinds of games enthusiastically but do not play (or last) as long or as hard as a hardcore gamer. Sometimes, the easy-going fun turns emotional as this group suffers multiple degrees of stress or jumps into uncontrollable jubilation. The mid-core gamer enjoys games but may not finish every game they buy, and they don’t usually have time for long MMO quests.
A number of theories have been presented regarding the rise in popularity of mid-core games. James Hursthouse, the founder of Roadhouse Interactive credits the evolution of devices towards tablets and touch-screen interfaces, whereas others compare the emergence of mid-core games similar to media sophistication that occurred on television.
This prototype gamer will spend a huge amount of their spare time playing online games. They seemed to be glued to their mobile devices for the last updates and communications within their various clans. Sometimes, someone needs to slug-and tug them away from a “misunderstood” addiction. The dynamics of emotional stability get intense at this level!
They will usually have in their possession a top-performance gamer desktop computer constructed especially for online gaming. Stashing your cash to spend on an array of electronic devices and parts become part of the journey. Technology savvy, they prefer to play games that are complex and have the depth for a long trek. It could take years to get to this level. They may eventually decide to make the move to competition level gaming if they have the skills, time, and ability.
Competition Level Gamer – eSports
There aren’t many people who are willing to take their gaming prowess to this stage. As stated, it requires huge doses of time and commitment. After constant practice, they gain a deep grasp of the basics and fundamentals. They want to make money by using their applied skills. They have very little fear and will take on anybody. If they are lucky, a sponsor will bankroll them. Expectations are high, and these gamers are expected to win any and all events they take part in.
Very few will be able to match the competitive skills of a top-notch online gamer.
The reality check occurs when it is time to tell their family and friends about what they are doing for work. People will respect them but most people will likely hate them, and put a stigma on them. Others may try to copy their lifestyle or technique.
As you can see, there are different levels of gamer. What level gamer are you?