Why do you call yourself a gamer? What is exactly a gamer anyway? Those two questions were asked to me the other day. I also remember reading an article about how someone didn’t like the word “gamer” The writer’s reasoning was it brings the connotation of being lazy, a loser and a slacker. While that may be true for some and while many may think those things about gamers. Anyone can be lazy, a loser or a slacker. It really has to do with one’s attitude. Being a gamer is so much more though.
Being a gamer means different things to different people. While some are just casual gamers, others are hardcore gamers that have made a living off what they love the most. However, gamers call themselves gamers because it’s part of their identity. A gamer is anyone. A gamer is part of a community of like minded people that share the same thing, video games.
The obvious answer to why we call ourself gamers is an easy one. We like to play video games. Some of us are hardcore gamers, casual gamers, in the middle of the road gamers. Some of us like to play specific genres. I, myself, love to play rpgs (role playing games) and sandbox type games. Sometimes sports games. It’s not hard to really see why we call ourselves gamers. However, gamers can be anyone.
In today’s society, it’s not hard to find people at the local game store. Those people aren’t all kids or teenagers either. They are adults, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters. The demographics are quite interesting as well when it comes to those that play games.
According to 2013 Sales, Demographic and Usage Data for 2012 “58% of Americans play video games. In a game playing U.S. household , there is an average of two gamers. The Average U.S. household owns at least one dedicated game console, PC or smartphone . 51% of U.S. households own a dedicated game console and those that do own an average of two. The average age of game players is 30. 32% are under the age of 18. 32% are between the ages of 18-35. While 36% are 36+ years. While 55% are male and 45% are female. Women 18 years or older represent a significantly greater portion of the game-playing population (31%) than boys age 17 or younger (19%). 35 is the average age of the most frequent game purchaser. Of the most frequent gamer purchasers, 54% are male, while 46% are female.” (1) All these different types of people have one major thing in common that is video games.
Many gamers feel like they are in a family. A community of like minded individuals. There are conventions that bring gamers together to play video games. They have tournaments and competitions. Many of these gamers make life long friendships with those they meet at these conventions. Again, it all comes down to having that sense of belonging, a community that won’t judge you just because you love to play video games. Most of all it’s a state of mind, an attitude shale you say.
A gamer has that an attitude for what they love. The attitude towards the passion they have for what they love to do as either a hobby, something casual or something they do for a living. It all starts with how the gamer thinks. They don’t let others that don’t understand them, get them down. They know who they are and they are proud of it.
If someone asks you why you call yourself a gamer. Just tell them that it’s something they will never understand. There is no one right answer to that question. There is no one answer to answer that question. We are gamers. We may not always get along, but as we have that passion we can at least all agree on. Games gives us something that we just love. Something that no other person can give us. That sense of being happy, belonging, community, part of our identity, and a slight attitude about something we all love.