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Gaming at the Margins and Taking Back Gamer Identity

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  1. Timje says:

    “One doesn’t have to play to be considered a gamer. Just as one doesn’t have to be a rapper to be a fan of hip hop. Your experience is just as authentic.”

    I found this an interesting analogy, because I’ve always considered actually playing the games to be the primary form* of consumption of the media. So I could rephrase this as follows:

    ‘One doesn’t have to play to be considered a gamer. Just as one doesn’t have to listen to hip hop music to be a fan of hip hop.’ Or ‘One doesn’t have to watch any movies to be a film buff’.

    It kinda.. turns the logic of the sentence on its head. So I’m not sure this analogy holds up.

    But I like your argument as a whole, and I would like to push it even further – a gamer is just someone who self identifies as a gamer. So that person you mentioned that played mario as a kid – they can identify as a gamer if they like. Sure. Why not? Why is their experience not valid?

  2. Kishonna Gray says:

    Great point. You’re right. Thanks for the suggestion.