What’s Your Definition of a Gamer?

What Defines a Gamer?
By D King

There are many definitions to define what a gamer is. I’ve heard many, and have agreed with most of them. Just like with most things in life gamers come in different levels and stages, habits and tendencies. This is a philosophical question in my opinion, no right or wrong answer, usually every answer I hear has some logic to it. Some believe that even in their spare time play, that they are gamers, I concur.

You’ve owned some type of video game console since the beginning of the Atari days. Your a lock for being a gamer. The people who are the first ones when the stores opens to get the latest game to come out, or even better, camp out overnight to get what they want. Gamer! Beating a game more than once, finding things you missed the previous time around, makes you a gamer. Some people play sports games, some just play Madden, they too are gamers.

I’ve heard those who play the Xbox 360 and PS3 refer to the Wii as a toy and whoever plays it as their main console, is not a gamer. I would have to disagree that. I personally believe that the PS3 is better than the Wii overall. I also believe that Nintendo found a winner with the Wii, ran with it, and still have yet to slow down. I just believe Nintendo has been smarter as a company for the last few years. I’ve also heard PC gamers refer to all gaming consoles as toys, everyone has opinion right?

Last but not least we have the “No Lifers”. They live to play video games, every day of every year. They are the gladiators of video games, the hardcore, they pretty much consist of every definition of a gamer combined into one, crazy.

In my opinion what defines a gamer depends on who you ask. Some are more hardcore, others are casual, some play for perfection, some play a particular niche of game, others bleed video games. There are countless other definitions and I pretty much agree with them all. If you play enough video games to consider yourself a gamer no matter what your skill level, or time invested, or anything else, who am I to say any different, you’re a gamer. What’s your definition of a gamer?


Denard King is a video game enthusiast who enjoys the pleasure and the business side of the video game industry. His website, provides the latest video game news related articles.

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