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Hard-core Gamers

Posted: July 3, 2013 in Video games
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What makes a “hard-core gamer” exactly?

If you look up the term hard-core in the dictionary you find that it means the most active and committed members of a group. Then if you take a look at the word gamer its someone that participates in a computer or role-playing game. So a “hard-core gamer” is someone that is dedicated and committed to playing video games. So your probably wondering where in the *#& is she going with this? Well I have always wondered why there seems to be such a starch separation in the types of gamers that there are, meaning what types of games they like to play. Why is it that there seems to be such derision and at times animosity between different types of gamers, why is it that some people dont feel that your a “real gamer” unless you play a specific class of game. Who cares if you have more love for first person shooters, or if the likes of Zelda (me) inspires you more. Isnt it more important to see the facts, regardless of what kind of what games speaks to you but to see that we  are all fellow gamers in a world that has a tendency to see this as a childs past time. I find myself slightly offended when people are surprised that I, an adult female plays games. As if were a crime that I am committing. This thought pattern actually hurts the gaming community, you might not think the game that person likes is any good but thats the joy of the industry, there are a huge amount of talented developers out there creating these vast new worlds for all of us to dive into that there is something for everyone! I dont expect everyone to embrace all games but cant we embrace all gamers, I myself love Gears of War and Pokemon the same.
So I will ask the question again…
What makes a “hard-core gamer”?
If on your next day off you wake up , make coffee, and run to turn on your device of choice and spend the next eight plus hours in an alternate world, fighting, strategizing, stressing, and yes at times screaming in pain/joy does it really matter if its Mario, Call of Duty, or Final Fantasy?

Its a little bit of a mystery, but I ask myself this question quite a bit. Where are all the female gamers?
In a recent ESA study that was done they found that 47% of gamers are female and of that number 30% are adult female (more than boys 17 or younger at 18%), however this statistic begs another question, why are we hiding? I am proud of my nerddom, I own every current system (handheld & console), I have numerous classic system’s still in their original state with boxes and all, and I am almost never without a gaming device (lets not discuss the mobile gaming, that is a topic for another post). My attention is held by a litany of genres, from the epic Gears of War franchise (sniper from hell), to the likes of the all time classic Legend of Zelda series, I love them all. I scour the internet for the latest nuggets of news, I badger my friends in the industry for the inside scoop, I await with baited breadth for the release day of my anticipated game (always making sure I have the day off, of course), and I spent hours on end enthralled in the world that opens up before my eyes. So I will ask again where are all the female gamers?
Almost half of the gaming industry is female, that statistic was actually very eye opening for me, almost half! So where are we?
I see them in the vast space of the internet, I see them at the Cons, I see their Mii’s in my streetpass. So, where are they?
In the physical world I am always taken aback when I get the usual you play games look, knowing that inside their heads they are thinking that its probably some lame game or that I couldn’t be any good (like a girl cant handle a Barrett 50 Cal like a pro), I am always the lone girl amongst the vast throngs of gamer guys. I don’t care if you think you suck, I don’t care if your favorite game differs from mine, I just want to see your faces! I want to look through a crowd of people and be able to smile and see that number represented in the space before me. The internet is a great place, it gives you the freedom of anonymity, of courage, of not having to stare your hecklers in the face. But wake up, we are out there, we are no longer few and far between, so let me see you. Wear your love loud and proud, display your heart on your sleeve. Whether you hang a Pikachu from your purse or you slide a pair of cogs around your neck, let me see it. I want to walk around town and see that almost half statistic staring me in the face making it impossible for me to ever ask that question again. So, where are all the female gamers, for real?