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Vinnie's Corner

Yet another person who believes he can say something original about MMO gaming... (Generally updated once per week)

Author: Vinadil

LFG (Looking For Gamers)

Posted by Vinadil Wednesday June 6 2007 at 10:37AM
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I have to admit that only a certain few people in my "crowd" that I normally socialize with know that I am a "gamer". That is by design as the term "gamer" still carries with it some negative connotations. People still picture the comic book guy from Simpson's or some equally pitiful picture of social inadequacy. The implication is that the gamer has lost all touch with the "real world" and has become enthralled with one or many purely fictional worlds.

I used to think that was a bad thing. I always thought of myself as the "cool gamer". Yes, I know, such a thing does not exist. I have heard it time and time again. But, really, I AM the cool gamer. Still, I suppose I may trend more towards the "gamer" than the "cool" when you get down to it. Two simple conversations made this more clear to me just today.

The first was at a lunch appointment that I have every Tuesday with the same group of guys. One of them is also a "gamer" (or claims to be anyway) and the other two are Not. Well, today the other gamer and I arrived first and so we talked about Heroes, Spider Man openings, and other such topics of import finally leading up to our current MMO of choice. Both of us were offline this last weekend due to Real Life issues. So I voiced my surprise at not seeing him Monday night, knowing that his RL issues were over, and to my even GREATER surprise he said, "Well after not playing for a few days I find myself not missing it all that much." Not missing it? Not missing the GAME? You realize that the last 4 days your real life IMPOSED itself in such a way as to make gaming Impossible, and we all know such things happen, but now you are FREE, Free I say. And now that he had the choice to play he simply chose not to. I am struggling with calling him a gamer anymore... he just seems to be fading away into adulthood.

Well when I got back from that lunch I find a PM on these very boards telling me that another of our group would be missing tonight in MMOland as well... due to a BASEBALL game. Baseball? Does he realize that this takes place Outside? That he will be surrounded by thousands of other people? That it might take the Entire evening? Now, I have come to grips with the fact that we all need jobs... I mean you cannot play MMOs for free. (Well, not any worth playing anyway) But, we have moved beyond the realm of "Have To" into "Choose To". And now we see what is REALLY important don't we... "friends", "recreation", "enjoying my city and family"... blah, blah, blah.

These people act as though our characters will just log in and level themselves! And the fact is that the current gaming market is FULL of these part-time "Gamers" who really don't look anything at all like comic-book-guy on Simpson's. Today's gamer chooses to play games as One of Many possible recreation activities. Gamers are getting older, and Gaming is becoming more embraced by the market.

And in the end it leaves the true gamers (like us!) online and tossing up the *LFG* tag wondering when "spending time with the family" and "doing stuff outside" will finally get boring and our old gamer friends will come back home.

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