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This is a discussion on Question for Gamers within the Video Games forums, part of the Book, Music, & Movie Reviews category; @ Hello Clitty Since this is your thread, you would be the one to properly define consumption. You asked broadly ...

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    @Hello Clitty

    Since this is your thread, you would be the one to properly define consumption. You asked broadly what people who identify themselves as gamers think of their identity as being based on unnecessary consumption. So I tried to provide examples of unnecessary consumption as natural, both with my defence of the gaming industry and with my animal kingdom reference.

    I had a feeling after reviewing my post you might take that last bit the wrong way, I wasn't trying to imply you were. I have seen arguments along those lines from "anti-gamers" and included it. I should have made it clear I wasn't aiming that at you, apologies. I didn't set out to annoy you. If I somehow misunderstood your question well, user error. Thanks for the topic anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hello Clitty View Post
    Those were just examples, not my actual hobbies. It should be obvious that no one has a million hobbies.
    Trolling isn't a legit hobby. It's just being ass on the internet. PerC bans those for reason.

    Your own phrase calling gaming as unnecessary consumption and then saying that it could be for free definitely don't help you don't look like a troll. It's obvious that by legal means it costs money and it should be obvious that it has legit purpose too. You can claim that you only go to friend's house to play games, but almost no one does that. You just kinda wanted to be smartass for no good reason. I will be simple and say that gaming costs money, be it in form of hardware, software or maybe even electricity.

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    I haven't bought a game in a long time. There are plenty of great free ones out there and plenty in my library I have yet to finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judson Joist View Post
    It's neither accurate nor useful and it sounds like the mentality of Bill Maher or Gavin McInnes. "Gamer" is not an "identity." It's only a word that describes a person with a particular hobby (unless they're a "pro gamer").
    @TricoFeathers

    Personally I've never come across a gamer who identified themselves as a gamer. They just play video games and that's all. Regardless there is more of a identification with particular games, game series and sometimes particular genres. Sometimes I even go down into detail and identify as a player of a particular modded version of a game that makes it hard enough only a tiny fraction plays it and then we jokingly call everyone else filthy casuals. Identifying yourself as a "Gamer" is way too broad, it's like identifying yourself as a human.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Euclid View Post
    there is more of a identification with particular games
    Like S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and Borderlands. I have a shirt with sort of an unofficial S.T.A.L.K.E.R. logo on it (a radiation symbol w/gas-masked figure in the foreground) and a "trucker" hat with the Jakobs logo on it from Borderlands.

    game series and sometimes particular genres.
    Especially the dystopian wasteland genre.

    Sometimes I even go down into detail and identify as a player of a particular modded version of a game that makes it hard enough only a tiny fraction plays it
    Basically S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series w/mods like Misery and Oblivion Lost (which both have multiple versions). Oblivion Lost 2010 is still my fave since it's a megamod spliced together with Arsenal, Atlas Spawn, et al.



    it's like identifying yourself as a human.
    Which is fine as long as you're a human with STANDARDS!
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  7. #26

    Quote Originally Posted by Hello Clitty View Post
    For people who consider themselves gamers: What do you think about the idea that "gamer" is an identity based on unnecessary consumption (in contrast to consumption of necessary things like food, clothing, shelter)? Do you think that description is accurate? Useful? Etc.
    Ehh just a hobby. I would say at least half of all hobbies are based on unnecessary consumption. It's certainly not as expensive as being a wine connoisseur. Not to sound so SP, but seriously, what's the point of life without the extras? We're people, not robots.
    Last edited by Ave Maria; 02-16-2019 at 08:37 AM.

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    If gaming is unnecessary, then so are books, movies, and television. Or any form of fictional media for that matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicomendes Saiyedros View Post
    For people who consider themselves gamers: What do you think about the idea that "gamer" is an identity based on unnecessary consumption (in contrast to consumption of necessary things like food, clothing, shelter)? Do you think that description is accurate? Useful? Etc.
    a "gamer" is someone who spends a considerable amount of time/energy gaming or involved in the gaming culture and world. in contrast to someone who either a) doesn't game at all and hates them or b) plays only them only casually and gaming life doesn't have a significant impact on their relationships or life decisions. another thing is the money spending on these games, aside from the hours put into them, is considerably larger. also, some "gamers", like myself, have actually worked on developing games and/or are actively involved in the gaming communities such as on forums, moderation, tutorials, youtube, critics and commentators.

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    Gaming is just a hobby like every other one. You could argue that every hobby is sort of a waste of time and therefore unnecessary. We don't have to have fun to survive but we humans enjoy getting those happiness hormones. If other people consider my hobbies as unnecessary good for them but I wont stop because of that. If I enjoy doing something I just do it the end.


     
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