Last week Mia introduced us to the chapter of gaming! I don’t have much experience with gaming but I find it interesting! I recently started to play fortnite, on playstation. You can either choose to play “save the world” that costs money, or “battle Royale” wich is for free and that’s the one everyone is playing. Every gamer is playing it nowadays and even people like me, people that don’t usually game. I play it almost everyday and I keep getting better and better at it. It is a online game so I play in squad with my friends, in duo with just one, or solo. The game has the traditionally goal “last man standing wins”, its about surviving the longest, collect the best guns and equipment, and eliminate opponents. The graphic is super good, and you can earn different skins and emotes or you can buy them. (I have to admit that I have bought some of it, haha).
Mia showed us some different types of gamers in class last week.
The types were:
“The casual gamer”
– The casual gamer is not actually somebody that plays “casual games”, but rather the attitude towards gaming is casual. Gaming is a light hobby, used to have fun and relax.
The casual gamer does not necessary know much about gaming, and won’t attempt to research anything.
“The social gamer”
– the social gamer is someone who is motivated to game by connecting with other people through the medium of gaming. Their gaming habits are determined by their social circle more than by what is generally popular in society. Most likely, this is people playing games like C.O.D, world of warcraft, League of Legends, Minecraft and now Fortnite.
“The Specialist Gamer”
– We now move away from gaming as purely a hobby and more into a passion. The specialist gamer knows what they like.
What they like may be shooters, RPGs, MOBAs, strategy, platformers, or really any genre. It could be a specific developer or even a specific franchise. It could even be just one single game. What sets a specialist apart is the focus on getting the most out of their gaming experience. They will trade variety over quality. They are not looking to play every game, they are looking to truly and fully play every part of specific games.
“The expert gamer”
-The expert gamer is not specifically someone who is highly skilled at games. Instead they are characterised by a wide range of tastes and a desire to enjoy new gaming experiences. They probably enjoy reading about games, researching games, and following the video game industry. Gaming is quite likely a topic of conversation in their group of friends. Unlike the social gamer, however, their gaming habits expand beyond just what their friends play. They try a little bit of everything and have their own tastes, rather than going along with the group. They likely have strong opinions but also educated ones with facts and research to back them up.
What kind of gamer am I?
I will say I’m somewhere inbetween the casual gamer and the social gamer. I pretty much don’t know much about games, the games I’ve played in the past is barbie games on my computer, children games, The sims 2, 3 and 4. I still play the Sims 4. And now I also like to play fornite with my friends. We sometimes talk about games too. When I hang out with my friends, sometimes some of the boys talk about games and I catch myself listening too it because I find it interesting, and when the boys want to play video games I say “yes” or “I want to watch” while the other girls are like “no, it is so boring, and I say “c´mon, let them play.” I guess there has always been a part of me that find gaming fun and interesting, but I have never been in a gaming environment.