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Article - 'Types of Gamer' by stupid systemus

An item about Miscellanious posted on Aug 8, 2003

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A very interesting article describing all the different types of gamers out there. Which one are YOU most like?

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Types of Gamers
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This article will help sort out the confusion between what makes a "hardcore gamer" and an "old school gamer". These are various interpretations of gamers and are debated a lot in various videogame forums. The info in this article is 50/50 split between his and my observations and editorials written over time from magazines and online sites around the world. I will list them in alphabetical order.

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1. The Casual Gamer
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Perhaps the easiest to define, and often the people who have the least trouble defining themselves. These are people who enjoy videogames for moderate and occasional enjoyment. In the same way that many people watch TV now and then, or take in a movie once a month, the Casual Gamer probably has the game system in his or her house (most likely not the next-gen console) and a few games, all of which may be collecting dust. They often purchase games months after their release, when it's on sale. They have Quake or Unreal Tournament for their PC because, well, doesn't everybody?

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2. The Day Trader
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The Day Trader follows the industry to a moderate or serious degree, knows the rumors, the projected release dates, and who's working on what project. Their opinions about games or a system are affected by press releases and announcements. They might know the cache speed of a next-gen console without knowing what that even means, but will take it under consideration when choosing between systems.

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3. The Equal Opportunity Employer
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This is the gamer that owns every system, and has a massive library of games, some of which they rarely play and some of which they've never played or only played once. Whether it's because they grow tired of games too quickly, have too much money, have a CD burner and a Blockbuster card, have the game just so they have it, or can blaze through games without stopping to smell the roses, this gamer has more games than he/she can handle, and rarely gives those games their deserved time in the sun. On the positive side, EOEs have proper games, not systems mentality and are great to have as friends to borrow games off of.

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4. The Framerate Junkie
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This type of gamer is truly the antithesis of the Hardcore Gamer. These are people who cannot get past the jaggies, the occasional slowdown, or the eyeballs in the next-gen post Madden 2001 games. Their unbridled focus on a game's technical quirks supercedes their ability to derive enjoyment out of the game. These gamers are usually the people who grew up in the 90's in the sixth-gen videogame market (no offense *_*) who had Saturns, Stations, or Sixty-fours for Christmas.

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5. The Free Rider
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This is another opposing force to hardcore gaming. My opinion is the same as the next guy, "I don't care what you say." These are people who use codes, gamesharks, walkthroughs, and others almost immediately upon owning the game. They do not struggle through anything, and defeat and resistance in a game is more likely to provide frustration than an enjoyable challenge. They prefer NOT to be surprised by the boss monsters and the placement of special items, and the first code they look for is usually the infinite health. (Yes, I'm talking about you, whoever you guys are)

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6. The Game Company Fanatic
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These people are the ones who stick with a videogame company whom they think are the best. These guys are the most dedicated gamers in a sense that they spend too much time arguing which company makes the best games or which company has the best system instead of playing games. Game Company Fanatics are the saddest bunch (it's true, no offense). Any bad "rap" they hear from their company, they usually get pissed off and counterattack you with a thousand word essay on chatrooms or forums. Not in a way that they want to be heard because they are right, but in a way that they just got pissed off their company was dissed. We're talking Nintendo fanatics here my friends. Best game company ever. Perfect games, perfect software, perfect everything. Well, guess what? Nobody will want that in the long run. Remember Macs with its better non-crashing hardware, not a lot of people have them. Schools have them, not lots and lots of houses. It's not perfection that sells, it's what is there to offer for that benefits both the gamer and the maker.

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7. The Genre Freak
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These are the people who ONLY play sports games or RPG's (No offense to some of you ^_^) or racing, or FPS. This title sometimes overlaps with other titles in this list, but a Genre Freak might well base his or her system choice on which one has the most enjoyable wrestling game. For example: RPG's for PS2, ARCADE type HARDCORE games for X-BOX, and really OLD FRANCHISES for GAMECUBE.

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8. The Hardcore Gamer
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Here it is. The ultimate title. Requiring far more research than other categories is this list. Some sites have said something similar, but nothing compares to Evan Muzar's winning essay contest at (sorry, somehow this site was taken off the server along time ago. Too bad :() )
A Hardcore Gamer is someone who does whatever it takes to get the most enjoyment from their gaming experiences. This can be done despite (or, in some cases, as a result of) technical or logistical problems in the game. This doing what it takes can be hauling a PS One and a copy of Bomberman Party to a friend's house after school everyday, rigging up an in-house Ethernet network for a LAN party, or just developing the aesthetic sense necessary to appreciate a game's story, music, gameplay, graphics, and controller configuration all at the same time. Unfortunately, this definition is no more likely to justify any given person's claims to hardcore than before. But, as the other definitions show, a hardcore gamer is partially defined by what her or she is not, and a hardcore gamer DOES NOT LET MUCH detract from him/her and a good gaming experience, no matter the title or platform.

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9. The Hype Zombie
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A Hype Zombie is a person whose game purchases are almost solely influenced by media coverage and, to a lesser extent, peer influence (all their friends have it). These are the people who have Chrono Cross without knowing Chrono Trigger. These are people who think Final Fantasy VII is the best of the series without know or playing Final Fantasy original to Final Fantasy VI (Not, that I think FFVII is bad, I think the game is the best). These are people who have Army Men games instead of anything else. We know who you are. Yes we do.

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10. The Old Schooler
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The Old Schooler is almost as coveted a title as the Hardcore Gamer. It is often used to suggest, under an air of superiority, that I was here before you. Being Old School does not equate to simply having lived through the Atari years and owning one (a Relic). Nor does it equate to merely having an NES and a copy of Mario Bros./ Duck Hunt and a light gun in your home. Being Old School Means having PROPER RESPECT for the history, origins, and development of games overtime. A gamer who could not stoop to playing the original Metal Gear, Zelda, or games like Contra or River City Ransom due to their graphical limitations will never qualify for Old School. Old Schoolers have a special place in their hearts for Ms. Pac Man, Elevator Action (wooo hoooo), and Joust.

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11. The Power Tripper
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The Power Tripper is similar to the Free Rider, except that they use codes, Gamesharks, and created players with hyper abilities in sports games for the purpose of utterly crushing their opposition, or, annoyingly, legit players in online multiplayer games. Most simply call them CHEATERS, but extend the category to anyone who needs to have an edge that they haven't learned or earned. These are people who play games on easy and leave them there forever. (If you do this and the game is still challenging for you after a month, maybe you should try a new, easier hobby, like breathing through your nose).

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12. The Relic
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The Relic's taste have stopped evolving. They may still bust out games for nostalgic value on their TI-99, 4A, or Commodore, and don’t want anything faster paced than Pitfall or Galaga. They don't need a graphics card on their PC because at best they will merely download DOS emulators. The relic is locked in the land of pinball and Tetris. The Relic term is not intended as disrespect. Several collectors are game relics. One even suggested the title for this type of game player. He said, "NOT GAMER." A very rare type of this gamer is one who spends hours playing Ms. Pac Man or Galaga.

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13. The Sick Puppy
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For this type of gamer, every game they play is a catharsis of forbidden or sinful, depraved activity. Whether it's fighting games with maximum carnage (blood everywhere ala Twisted Metal: Black with its serial killer overtones) or Dead or Alive for its Barbie-in-zero-G game engine, the games they play primarily are ones that satisfy some baser urge. The're a big fan of Grand Theft Auto, Carmaggeddon, and Tecmo's Deception games. They also like to play alone. Yes, we know who you are Hentai lovers and your Hentai games.

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14. The Slot Jockey
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This is a rare gamer who believes that the home console can never match the social, public aspect of the arcade. They will choose to spend quarters on Crazy Taxi at the mall before buying it for the machine at home. If they have Dance Dance Revolution for Playstation (both), it's for practice ONLY(wooo hooo). The bigger and more bizzare the arcade peripheral (light guns, skis, dance pads, boxing pads, Silent Scope sniper rifles, sit-down driver's seats) the better. This is indeed an endangered species who flourished in the 80's when thousands of Pac Man knockoffs where produced in consoles and Pac Man kept making quarters disappear.

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15. The System Bigot
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Arguably more of a non Hardcore Gamer than the Framerate Junkie (and often related), the System Bigot has somehow settled on a particular brand's superiority, often for arbitrary reasons (the system they get for Christmas). The Bigots possess a mindset similar to sports fans: "My team is the best because I live…" kind of nature. System Bigots also cannot seem to grasp the connection (or rather separation) between the machine designers and the game designers.

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16. The Title Disciple
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This gamer is a whole different breed. They have found what to them equates to be the perfect game and play it over, and over, and over again beyond obsession. Everything else pales in comparison, and the closer another game is to it, the more they like it. These are the Trekkies of the gaming world. Pokemon is a clear example, but there are also people who haven't taken Warcraft II out of their CD-ROM drives since 1996 either.

So you guys, which one are you? Take your pick!