Every where I go I see a debate on who is an actual geek, or nerd, or gamer. No one has the right to call anyone else a poser or a “fake”. If they claim to be a geek, then they are! They may not be into the same geeky things you are, but they can still be a geek.
I never understood how people can simply rule out other people from a fandom because they don’t fit a certain mold. Its absolutely ridiculous.
After I posted this blog posted as a link on Facebook, a discussion began that fits with this article. The participants have allowed me to put the conversation here.
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Likewise, gamers who know naught outside Sports Games.
I mean, I’ve been gaming since the fourth generation of consoles-and I own consoles from EVERY generation but the first. I’ve played virtually every major franchise that has hit-Mario, Sonic, Tomb Raider, NiGHTS: Into Dreams, Metal Gear: Solid, Twisted Metal, Grandia, Final Fantasy, Zelda, the list goes on and on.
I’m not saying you have to have played ALL of those to be a gamer-I’m just saying that playing a Seventh Generation FPS does NOT a gamer make!
I mostly say that because f*** all, man, I’m tired of hearing about how “Hardcore” a gamer some college jock is because he plays Modern Battlefield: Call of Honor.
This what I mean by someone calling out someone else in a fandom.
If you enjoy just sports games, then that’s what you enjoy.
Casual Gamer and Hardcore Gamer. Its all the same, just varying levels.
A more apt comparison would be a reader. Whether you read Science Fiction, or Fantasy, Fiction or Non-Fiction, they are still all labeled as readers.
And it’s a fine comparison; by your standards using readers, any Joe Blow with a guitar that knows two chords is a musician. Course, by MY definition, a musician is someone what actually writes and/or performs music-even if it’s just for his wife and kid (before you ask, that’s about all I perform for these days-my radio days are long behind me, and it’s doubtful I am I’ll play in a gigging band any time soon; but not a month goes by I don’t have a new song going on).
You COULD say it’s semantics, or varying levels, or what have you. “Casual Gamers,” as you called them, in my eyes, and that of many of my peers (my wife, Fluffy, etc.) are not Gamers. Just my two cents. (Also for the record, music is my life-I eat it, drink it, sleep it, breath it. I told my loverly wife the other day [after dealing with particularly bad arthritis pains that day] that if it gets to a point I can’t play anymore, I’m putting a bullet between my eyes)