What Type of Gamer Are You?

Yesterday we covered 12 different types of otaku. Today we are going to dwell deeper into one of the type of otaku on the list, number 3 which is Game otaku/Gamer. A "gamer" is someone who plays interactive games, such as video games or tabletop games. Although the term "gamer" may commonly refer to video game players, the term may also be applied to players of other forms of games, such as tabletop games or physical games. There are many gamer communities around the world. Many of these take the form of discussion forums and other virtual communities, as well as college or university social clubs.

These categories are sometimes separated by level of dedication to gaming, sometimes by primary type of game played, and sometimes by a combination of those and other factors. There is no general consensus on the definitions or names of these categories, though many attempts have been made to formalize them. An overview of these attempts and their common elements follows.

1. Newbie a.k.a noob, n00b, or newb.

Newbie is a slang term for a novice or newcomer to a certain game, or to gaming in general. Or group of players that are new to video games. Casual gamers may play games designed for ease of gameplay, or play more involved games in short sessions, or at a slower pace than hardcore gamers. 

2. Casual Gamer

Casual gamer is often used for gamers who primarily play casual games, but can also refer to gamers who play less frequently than other gamers. Bush Fire explained that a casual gamer is a person who plays games but aren't competitive. Usually they are just there to be social and have fun but if they end up losing in the game they wouldn't mind. They don't put in a lot of effort to try to win. They may or may not play long hours of games. A casual gamer doesn't place their gaming as a first priority.

 Example of a casual gamer: "Sorry guys, I need to get to school or work or I need to go rest".

3. Core Gamer

A core or mid-core gamer is a player with a wider range of interests than a casual gamer and is more likely to enthusiastically play different types of games, but without the amount of time spent and sense of competition of a hardcore gamer.

The mid-core gamer enjoys games but may not finish every game they buy, doesn't have time for long MMO quests.

Origibro posted; "A core gamer is someone who plays a larger variety of games than a casual gamer but doesn't play video games with the intensity and dedication of a hardcore gamer. Using an MMORPG as an example, a core gamer would normally progress through their levels at a steady rate and might join a guild but never divulge too seriously into it or use their guild on occasion, a hardcore gamer would want their guild to be the best and constantly do raids and work out techniques." 

 4. Hardcore Gamer

According to Ninj3w, a hardcore gamer is someone who plays video games as a primary hobby. They tend to spend large amounts of time playing games, often in excess of two or three hours a day. Hardcore gamers tend to care less about graphics then casual gamers. While some specialize in a single genre, they typically have fairly diverse taste in games, frequently playing a wide variety of games from different genres. They'll often seek out obscure and older games, based on word of mouth or positive critical reception.

Hardcore gamers put good gameplay above all else, and don't mind if a good game has poor (or even nonexistent) graphics, sound, characters and plot. The stereotypical hardcore gamer is out of shape, and has poor hygene. They spend a lot of their disposable income on video games, consoles, or PC upgrades, and a large percentage of their free time either playing video games or discussing them, online and off. They wear either black clothing, or T-shirts with geeky pop-culture references, often to video games.

Their social skills may be sub-par, and they may be less likely than others their age to have many friends, a jobs and a girlfriend/boyfriend. Some of these stereotypes are negative, and they certainly don't apply to all hardcore gamers, but there's a fair amount of truth to them.

 5. Professional Gamer

Professional gamers generally play video games for prize money or salaries. Such individuals usually deeply study the game to master it and usually to play in competitions. A pro gamer may also be another type of gamer, such as a hardcore gamer, if he or she meets the additional criteria for that gamer type.

In some countries, professional gamers and teams are sponsored by large companies and can earn more than $100,000USD a year!

 6. Retrogamer

A retrogamer is a gamer preferring playing and collecting retro games - older video games and arcade games. They may also be called classic gamers or old-school gamers, which are terms that are more prevalent in the United States. The games are played either on the original hardware, on modern hardware via console emulation, or on modern hardware via ports or compilations.

7. Female Gamer/Gamer girl

The best girl for any guy, even the one's who aren't big gamers. She's not high maintenance, she's happy just sittin at home with you teamin up and playin some Call of Duty together. The best part is that she won't get mad at you for playing games too long. She will actually listen to what you say and will actually be interested in it, especially when you're talking about the first time you got a nuke because she appreciates a good story. She isn't shallow and won't play you because she's had it done to her a million times before cause other guys don't like how non-girly she is. This doesn't mean she's ugly though. All girls can look pretty when they try, so don't pre judge a girl who enjoys a good game of cod.

According to a study conducted by the Entertainment Software Association in 2009, 40% of the game playing population is female, and women 18 or older now comprise 34% of all gamers. Also, the percentage of women playing online had risen to 43%, up 4% from 2004. The same study shows that 48% of game purchasers are female.

I am a Core gamer, what about you? Let me know in the comment section below!

Via gamesradar+, Wikipedia, Sami Turner

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