What is a Hard Core Gamer?

I was asked to explain more for my post on Game Snobbery.  So, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what I meant.  I mean what is a game snob?

 When I think about a game snob, I think about how someone who plays a time intensive game like World of Warcraft might think that someone who plays a game like Bejeweled isn’t really a gamer.  Bejeweled doesn’t seem to take the level of skill that WoW does.  What about someone who plays computer games feeling that someone who plays console games isn’t a gamer?  I’ve seen that myself.  My husband easily gets addicted to playing Need for Speed, but I never considered him a gamer because he didn’t play any computer games.  Of course part of my condescension might just be because I don’t have the hand-eye coordination to play video games.  Spyro is about my speed.  With the cheat codes to get unlimited lives 😛

 So, though my husband plays console games, and Yahoo! pool, I don’t consider him a gamer.  Is that being a snob?  How is that different from someone who plays WoW looking down on me because I play a text based game, or even because I only play a couple of hours a night? 

 Is it all interrelated to how much a person knows about computers?  I mean I’m a computer geek, my husband only knows enough about computers to be dangerous.  My friend who used to game was an artist, but also a computer geek.  His wife was a writer and only played online games because her husband did.  It’s a great way to help a relationship, but did that make her a gamer?  She played Asheron’s Call too.

 Oh yea, and I got an email from my brother after he read my blog… he used to play Dungeon Siege.  Does that make him a gamer?  Where is the line? 

 Is a gamer really different in any way than a non-gamer?  It seems to me that we all have addictions, just varying degrees of addiction.  Oh yea, and we’re not all interested in the same thing. That’d be boring if we were.

Since it’s almost midnight my time, I’d best try to sleep.  A dear friend of mine is going to comment on how late I’m up. 

If you have any comments on my interpreation of a game snob, feel free.  I’m curious what others think, and whether they look down on others that do not play the same type of games…

*edit: I had to turn off the comments because I kept getting spam.

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  1. I found your site on google blog search and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. Just added your RSS feed to my feed reader. Look forward to reading more from you.

    Karen Halls

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