For the past three years, I feel as if my interest in playing video games has been dwindling away. There’s been a steady release of disappointment after disappointment whether it’s Cut Content, micro-transactions, open world fiasco’s, etc. After having a conversation with a friend of mine, a specific question kept ringing in the back of my mined to anymore. Now, I love watching live events and speculating about new release rumors, leaks, hearing; or reading about extended universe content. But what exactly is the culprit for my lack of motivation in playing? Is it because I’m in a relationship and don’t have as much free time as I did before, is it because I no longer work in a stressful work environment or does it have anything to do with age these are questions I ponder on.
In this very opinionated and sensitive day and age, it’s hard to define anything or anyone in just one classification. However, before I can really answer the question of “if I’m a real gamer or not,” I think it’s significantly important to address my definition of what a “real gamer” is. I took the very broad idea of being a gamer and boiled it down to three:
- Competitive gamers- the one who plays a game/games in a single genre for the most part and must be the very best puts in hours of practice to hit a high number on a leaderboard or maybe even compete in a tournament they take the skill of the game very serious.
- Hardcore Gamers- Secondly you have your Hardcore Gamer Who tries to play and enjoy as many games as possible from vastly different genres loves everything the game has to offer from the Music to the Multiplayer and art direction.
- Your Casual Gamers- Lastly you have your casual gamer who may like games but might not have the time to be competitive or Hardcore might beat a game on easy just to have the achievement of beating a game under their belt. Your Typical Causal gamer is someone who might like the thrill of the game but doesn’t mind taking long stretched breaks.
Now if I’m being honest I consider all of these “categories” to be “real gamers”. Simply because they add to the diversity of our gaming community. In their own way, each “gamer” contributes his/her special insight on what it is to be a gamer Good or Bad.
Now it all falls back to the magic question am I still a real gamer? I say yes, I am a part of a community that is constantly evolving and adding some new flavor to the gaming scene. I’m an evolved gamer. Although my drive to be the best I can in games isn’t what it used to be, I find myself just enjoying the general sensation of playing video games. Playing video games used to be my source of therapy growing up. It gave me a sense of stability, it helped me cope with things I could not understand as a child, it helped through heartbreak etc. As I’ve gotten older and experienced more, I started to realize there’s other ways for me to deal with things besides drowning myself out in video games.
I’ve found myself appreciating and engaging in the many other aspects of video games (besides the game itself), such as the articles and content that comes along with it. My love and appreciation for video games has grown to new heights over the years. It’s helped me discover what exactly I want to do with my life.
To my point: If you can love and appreciate video games- you are a real gamer. If you can sit down and talk about a game’s story or an epic moment you’ve had while playing a game- you are a real gamer. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
If you feel the same way let’s get a conversation started and share this around to get more people involved in the conversation!
From a Real Gamer to Another,
Don’t Forget to Keep It Between Villains.