What makes a real gamer?

Call of Duty you may have heard of it,

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Image courtesy of FireFish45

the juggernaut gaming franchise that had broken many sales records and tends to be on the list of game of year candidates. With the holiday season upon us and the game in the franchise releasing in November it is no surprise that Call of Duty is in gaming news, though this has little to do with the game and more with one of the many people behind it.

Mark Rubin executive producer at infinity ward the company that has developed previous Call of Duty games including Call of Duty Ghosts mentioned in an interview with OXM that Call of Duty players are not hardcore gamers or even gamers at all.

“It’s kind of a weird, ironic thing to say,” Rubin went on. “They aren’t hardcore gamers, or even gamers, but they play Call of Duty every night. And those guys are going to continue to play regardless of platform. So I think not only will we continue to engage with that existing player base, but we’ll take next gen and see how far we can go with it.”

Rubin goes on to credit the games ability to bring people into video games who normally would not play games. He also mentioned that the fundamentals of Call of Duty would not change and attributed it to something like a sport because overall the basics of the game stay the same.

But what does it really mean to be a gamer? It seems clear that no matter what people will buy the latest edition of Call of Duty and invest countless hours into it, so how could those people not be called gamers.

A gamer is defined as a person who plays a game or games, typically a participant in a computer or role-playing game.

Going by that definition then Call of Duty gamers to fit the bill and so does anyone who plays a game in general including board games, but definitions are not the end all when it comes to this conversation and will up to society and the individual if are to be identified as a gamer.


One thought on “What makes a real gamer?

  1. I tend to think (and maybe this is the social worker in me talking) that anyone who plays games and identifies as a gamer, is one. Someone who considers gaming to be part of their life, who values it, regardless of how much time they may have to play or how skilled they are, should be able to call themselves gamers. It seems kind of insulting and pretentious for Rubin to make the blanket statement that COD players are not gamers.

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