What Kind of Gamer Are You?

There has been a lot of chatter on group classifications over the past year and long flame wars over topics like geek vs. nerd or casual vs. non-casual gamer. I participated in a few discussions on this lately and wanted to share at a really high level what I came up with.

For what it is worth – here were my quickly scribbled breakouts. I think these apply to video/pc games and possibly board games and pen/paper games.

Casual or Hardcore?

A Casual Gamer is someone who games infrequently and/or on a limited set of games, spends minimal amount of money purchasing games, may have little to no gaming related news on their radar, and can be very passionate about the few games in their wheelhouse, rarely has much to say about gaming.

A Gamer is someone who is informed about the industry/games they like, pays attention to magazines/websites/twitter, may have multiple machines, skilled enough to pick up most games, has time to game but not enough to usually be an expert or played everything out there, can carry on a gaming conversation.

A Hardcore Gamer is someone who takes their gaming seriously – from their machine(s), time spent on message boards/guides, pays for DLC/subscriptions/guidebooks/memberships, informed about games/industry, passionate around competition/multiplayer, gaming ability may be wide and shallow or narrow and deep, usually has plenty to say about games.

Thoughts? Where do you fall? What would you change here?


7 thoughts on “What Kind of Gamer Are You?

  1. MikeCohodes says:

    I’m a casual gamer due to time constraints (plus having a wife that isn’t a gamer at all doesnt help) but I would prefer to be a gamer to hardcore gamer. I used to play games daily for hours but now I’m lucky to have a couple hours a month to play.

  2. insaneboy says:

    Casual… Always have been I think, but more so now, just don’t have the time and some games I want to play… GTA… have to wait until late night and by than I just want to go to bed. so I play mostly family oriented games with the rest of the family(lots of lego starwars and other Wii games are played in our house)

  3. skillpointstation says:

    I see myself in the “gamer” category. I don’t have the time/inclination to dive into the hardcore gamer area. Especially since I am not huge on PvP or competitive gaming. Even in my co-op or single play games that could have more strategic approach put into it – I rarely go this far. I go for more straightforward fun.

  4. Anonynon says:

    There’s no such thing as either of these labels, not least because I certainly don’t fit in any of them.

    ‘Hardcore’ and ‘casual’ are labels created by the self-proclaimed ‘hardcore gamers’ to validate the time they’ve wasted and compensate for the issues they are having in personal life, which they try to soothe with applying themselves to games as if work.

    By ‘wasting time’, I’m not talking about playing video games, I’m talking about these guys who spend days, weeks, chasing one Achievement or Trophy, who break controllers, swear death on “the guy who made this Achievment”.

    You call that playing a game? You call that hardcore gaming? If casuals and hardcores did exist, there’s no doubt the casuals win in the fictional war of ‘who’s more awesome?’

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