Recently, I came across this comic that depicted different "types" of gamers.
First there was a man sitting on a couch playing Angry Birds on an iPhone.
Next to him is a Wii player who says, "Angry birds? Pfff. You're not a true gamer!"
Next to him is an Xbox player who says, "The Wii? Nice baby system, you big baby. You're not a true gamer."
Next to him is a PC player who while lugging around the heavy equipment says, "Egggh…consoles…not…true gamer…."
Then comes a table top RPG player who says, "Sure…let the computer determine the rules, you're not-"
Then he's interrupted by a British big game hunter and in the final frame all the heads of the gamers are mounted on the wall. And the big gamer hunter and a friend of his are admiring it. And the friend says to the big game hunter, "Sir, you are a true gamer."
Despite the humor of this particular comic, I will say that it does bring up a very disturbing trend among us gamers: that we try to divide amongst ourselves and try to compartmentalize who is and who is not a gamer.
That instead of accepting the fact that there are others who play games other than the ones we're accustomed to, there comes this almost Alpha Male mentality.
I pose to the gamers community, that if you love games and you love to play them, then you are a gamer, no matter what system you use. Whether it's a smartphone, a wii, an Xbox, Playstation, PC, Mac, table top or whatever.
So with that in mind, I say pull up a chair, choose your game, have a smile and enjoy yourself.
Am I right?
Listening to: My own thoughts
Reading: The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
Playing: Marvel Avengers Alliance
Eating: Chicken Strips