Wich one are you?
This question is not so simple to answer. I’m not just one of the four different gamer types Mia mentioned in class, I’m several. I will categorize myself as a Social Gamer, Specialist Gamer and Expert gamer. In some periods one type of gamer more than another.
I’m not a Casual Gamer because:
Gaming is to me not just a casual hobby, it’s more of a passion. I really care about gaming and the culture around it, which the Casual Gamer is known to not really be bothered by. For a casual gamer it’s more about relaxing with a “random” game they heard was good, without giving it too much thought. That’s not me at all!
I’m a Social Gamer because:
From time to time I enjoy playing games with my friends, such as Leauge og Legends, Fortnite and so on. It’s a good way to keep in contact with friends from my hometown, as well as getting new acquaintances. As I have mention earlier, I’m part of The Bergen Student Radio and the gaming program Hardcore. The Hardcore-gang have live gaming-streams every Sundays, which I’m frequently a part of.
Also regarding social events like parties and hangouts when we are a group of people gathered, we often play games together such as Street fighter, Injustice (and other type of fighting games), Jackbox, Mario Kart etc.
I`m a Specialist Gamer because:
I have my absolute favorite genre (most of the time) and that’s RPG (roleplaying game), especially the sub-genre (not the literal definition) JRPG’s (stands for Japanese roleplaying games), like the Final Fantasy-series, Tales-series, Persona ++. But even so, I love other types of RPG´s that’s totally different from the JRPG-genre such as Bloodborne, Dark Souls, Diablo, Nioh, and so on. RPG’s are totally my jam. I know what I love to play, but even so I’m open to other type of games and genres, because I know there are other stuff I might enjoy. For example, I’m generally not super found of FPS (first person shooters) games, but even here there are exceptions. I LOVE the Bioshock games and The Last of Us, which are standard FPS-games.
Even if a have a main preference, it does vary from time to time, and sometimes I’m hung up on a specific type of games and/or genre. I also love to play retro games either on my Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, GameCube etc.
I’m an Expert Gamer because:
I don’t just love games, I also love the culture around it. I find the gaming industry, culture and the different aspects regarding this very interesting. I like to be updated on releases and news. This is one of the main reasons I joined the radio program Hardcore. We are a diverse gang, with different preferences and knowledge. I love that I learn so much from them, and it helps me being updated on games, companies etc. I in the first place didn’t knew much about. I like to be updated and to discuss different aspects of gaming with other gamers. I like to try out (even if it’s just for a little bit) games that I’m not necessarily found of, just to know what it’s about.
I do enjoy watching E-sport (electronic sport), the same way other enjoy to watch soccer, baseball, basketball etc. I like to pay attention to E3 (The Electronic Entertainment Expo, a premier trade event for the video game industry) when that’s going on. I like to watch YouTubers who plays and reviews games, and I also enjoy game-award shows +++.
So, one could say that gaming is a huge part of my life. Instead of watching TV I rather play a video game. When I’m social, we often play games together and when I’m not gaming, I still pay attention to the gaming culture and industry.
It’s so much more to gaming than just playing a game.
What type of gamer are you?