Anyone remember when being a gamer meant that you knew Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda inside and out? Gamers are the kind of people that will memorize a map on a video game and will play just about anything so long as it’s interesting, engaging, and keeps their attention for more than a few seconds. There’s an argument of over what constitutes a real gamer and what what marks a person as a poser, but in truth it’s kind of like the difference between fans and fanboys, it’s the level of obsession the gamer takes it to.

Games are insanely fun these days, as you can be playing with a person halfway across the world on the same game and never have to meet them in real life. The games are ridiculously complicated at times but if you can figure out the basic functions you can usually go from there and make it work. The rest you can figure out as you go. Cheat guides are for wussies more often than not as hardcore gamers will tend to spend hours and hours figuring out the game on their own, traversing the hidden tunnels, the unseen chambers, and discovering secrets about the game, sometimes by accident, as they stay glued to the couch, their chair, or wherever they’re sitting as the glow of the TV set or monitor paints their face with the many vivid colors given off by the game.

Real gamers aren’t foolish however, they will eventually get up.

The body does have needs after all and unless you’re a certified crazy person that has no sense of self-respect any and all gamers will have to take bathroom breaks, eventually take a shower, recharge their batteries, grab something to eat, and in other words take their eyes off of the game for a little while. Real gamers won’t sacrifice their own personal health unless they’re that hooked on the game, and even then they’ll listen to their bodies more often that not. No one wants to wet themselves or worse while playing a game after all, unless you’re just that invested, which makes a person a fanboy, and a disgusting one at that.

Gamers aren’t fools, they’re a bit obsessive at times if they find the right game, but they’re grounded just enough in the real world that they know when to call the game and go handle their responsibilities. It’s a new world that we live in and gamers are those that know the ins and outs of the virtual world in ways that a lot of us born in the 70s to 80s might never fully understand. But it’s an interesting world all the same and when you really look at it, the world runs on technology at this point, both in and out.

So long as a person realizes when to unplug for a little while there’s really no harm in being a gamer.

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