Well, it’s a big pain if you always need to explain which games you like and which you don’t. You can lazily say that you are for example a casual gamer or a shooter guy. But if you think about it, there are a million names then. I started to look around and think about which types of gamers I think exist. Because this subject is mostly opinion based, feel free to give me your opinion. I’m not wrong, since it’s my opinion. I can be mistaken and needing to correct myself. That’s a totally different cookie to crumble. If I had to tell which type of gamer I am, I would have an issue. Be warned, the types of gamers I talk about are the main games they play, exceptions are always there. Also, let me know with which type you can relate the most.
Type 1: Casual Free Timer
You mostly see these gamers at a busstop or in a doctor’s waiting room. They have a tablet or a mobile to tap away on.
You also could find them on Facebook playing games where you need to reach easy objectives like switching jewels or collecting coins.
Many other types of gamers don’t recognize these people as gamers. Sadly enough, since they are gamers. But they don’t devote their lives to games. While it’s possible that they buy an app here and there, it’s not the end of the world for them if they can’t play a game.
They also sort of avoid other games that require an other device or controller. It’s possible that you can also find them with an emulator on their phone to mostly play handheld games from their childhood.
Type 2: Die Hard Fanboy
These gamers don’t care much about other games. They devote their whole life at mostly one game. Games that dare to be similar to their “holy” game are called names and they give them bad rep.
I’m not going to get ranty about the Call Of Duty players so spare me there please. I don’t do easy targets.
What I mean by that is that these type of gamers are the best troll bait you can get. Since they go out of their way to be the best in the game they play. Some go as far as bullying or making somebody feel bad if they are defeated.
They are also the living version of WikiPedia about their game. Some even dream to go working at the company which produces the series/game they love so much. They also get extremely excited as soon as a new title in their series is announced. They are also the first to rant when there is too much change in the sequel.
It’s also possible that they are a fanboy of one company. And they praise everything that they release. Since for them, everything their developers touch turns into an emptier wallet for the fanboys.
Type 3: Old school & retro gamers
This type of gamer doesn’t care about the time the game is released. They just play what ever catches their eye on various gaming websites and blogs.
For some retro gamers, the older the better. They are also the style of gamers that play in texture packs to make the game look older.
They always love the original and think that the new entries in a series are killing the series.
Many under them are big collectors, sometimes of one company or system. They start playing a game but sometimes don’t finish them since another game caught their interest.
Angry responses they give when somebody starts nagging about graphics. (I get even annoyed by graphic junkies) Since they don’t really care about that.
Most retro gamers want to know the ins and outs of the system so that they can explain what happened if a game isn’t working and that they maybe can fix it. Or replace something when it’s broken.
There is no real difference between old school and retro since they are pretty much the same.
Type 4: Platform/genre gamers
I don’t mean here people who play platform games. Not only that, platform and genre gamers are people who only play on one platform.
They see other consoles as less worthy to play and often say bad things about them. Pointing out their flaws or saying that their platform is better.
You can also have gamers who only play on consoles or handhelds.
PC gamers are a prime example. Devoted PC gamers will build their own PC and buy the PC version of a game even when there is a console version.
The genre gamers try to play as many games from one genre as they can. Most (in)famous of these guys are the shooter fans. They have loads upon loads of games of the same genre and are mostly extremely good at it.
They also have a certain game in the genre that is their absolute favorite. They often compare other games to the holy game of them.
Type 5: Mainstreamer
The mainstream guys are the ones who sometimes buy all the consoles. Buy all the things. A new console by Google? Oh, that doesn’t stop them. They go out and buy it.
They follow the latest gaming news and always want to play the newest of the newest. If it’s not new, they don’t play it. If it isn’t hyped, it’s no point in the schedule for them.
Mostly triple A title (expensive games to create. Big name games too.) games. Indy games they don’t care much about.
Wait wait, stop there.
Hold on a second, what am I doing here? Something doesn’t add up here. If I continue with this, I can find a piece of myself in each type. To me it’s extremely pointless of trying to see which types of gamers there are.
Many issues raise up. First, personal preference. You can like a series and it suddenly dies out. Then you can go from a mainstreamer to an old school gamer.
There are in fact, three main types of gamers. Mainstream, Old school and Casual. Since let’s face it, if you don’t follow the mainstream you either play games on Facebook or your mobile. If that’s not the case, you play games on your DS or other platforms.
Secondly, you can always merge types of gamers. You can be an oldschool NES gamer. Does this makes the two types of gamers actually one type?
Thirdly, the gaming market changes so quickly that this article can go out of date in matter of months if I truly continued in this fashion.
Before I go on a big rant, finally there is the issue of time. Yup, the older you get, the less time you get to play games sadly enough.
All in all, I think it’s silly to put gamers into groups. We all have one thing in common, we play games to pass our time and enjoy them. Some might devote more time on it then others. Some will even go blogging or/and collecting them.
Anyways, what do you guys think? Let me know in the comments. But for now, NekoJonez out!