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Why are you a gamer?

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I have been thinking about the role of games in my life. And, the reason(s) that I am gaming.

I love the act of play. I love playing the games. But, I did start out as a fairly social gamer. My gaming was defined, in many ways, by my relations. I played, yes because I loved the games, but more because I loved my friends.

However, when I moved to El Salvador my friends didn't move with me. I still liked the act of playing games, so turned, slowly, into a solo player. This has been a revealing and transformative process. I still enjoy the social aspect of gaming, when I have the social aspect of gaming. But, now the game itself is the focal point.

That is not too say that the social aspect of gaming has become less important. Far be that from me. It feels more like, for me, the social aspect of gaming and the playing of games have become somewhat seperated. Now, when I am playing the game, my primary focus is the game. But, when I am not playing games, I am still interacting with a community about playing games.

I may not have a game group, but I do have friends and I do interact with them in other ways. I may be a solo gamer, but I do have a outlet, mostly here on BGA, to socialize in my hobby.

So, why am I a Gamer? I am a gamer because I love the games, I love playing them, I love the mental burn, I love the transportive nature of a good game. I am a gamer because I love my community, I love interacting with people who love the same things I do. And, for me, those two reasons are entertwined but not mixed.

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Supporter2 months ago

Also, I think it's just because I like a lot of geeky stuff in general.

Supporter2 months ago

I think there are a lot of us that just like geeky stuff in general. You just became everybody's best friend when you wrote that line.

Supporter2 months ago

Premium User2 months ago

Good answer! I love it.

Premium User2 months ago

I think the biggest reason I play games is for the social aspect. I've met so many great people and had immensely pleasurable experiences playing games with them. All the laughs and good times particularly with my family will be some fond memories to look back on for years to come.

And as others have said, yeah they're just fun to play, fun to explore and figure out. Especially true for the solo or heavier, more thinky games in my collection. 

Supporter2 months ago

Has that made the social distancing/quarantine harder for you?

Premium User2 months ago

We still visit our families about once a month so it hasn't been too bad. I always bring games when we go visit. I think I do miss the experiences with my gaming group though. They've been playing a lot online over Zoom but nothing that really interested me so I haven't gotten involved much. If nothing else, quarantine has caused me to buy way more games than I'd ever need because I can't play everyone else's lol.

Supporter2 months ago

LOL. Yes, I think most of us engaged in at least a little bit of retail therapy. 

Premium User2 months ago

Far more than a bit for me lol

Supporter2 months ago

LOL

2 months ago

Well said.

I've always been a gamer at heart loving the competitive nature and thrill from sports, video games and board games. First and foremost though, I enjoy spending time with others, and if that means quality time with my SO or friends over a game then even better. The fun aspect of being a gamer is the most rewarding - getting to see the joy in others that I also get. 

I also enjoy challenging my brain to solve the game at hand as well as solve the funnest puzzle there is, my opponent's mind. All in friendly competition of course (doesn't mean things won't heated sometimes haha). From planning out a strategy, to playing mindgames, to reacting to the luck of a draw/roll. I'll have fun with anything being a gamer has to offer, whether it be solo at times or sharing the experience with others. 

The aesthetic of it all is a plus that I do appreciate too. 

Premium User2 months ago

Couldn't agree more with all these points! Quality time is important and the experiences had through that time.

Supporter2 months ago

I could go really long with this, but I'm going to try and be brief

1. It's relaxing in a great way that makes me think (it's not mindless like a lot of TV).

2. I love the aesthics

3. As people are are tactile so I love moving pieces, rolling dice, grabbing cards, etc.

4. I love the social aspect

5. It's just fun

Premium User2 months ago

Which of the 5 is the most important?

Supporter2 months ago

Social aspect for sure, because I think part of the others are encompassed by it.

2 months ago

I'm seeing a lot of good answers here. I'd say that I'm a gamer for many of the same reasons. I enjoy the mental challenge of overcoming puzzles, especially with friends. I enjoy competition and building up camaraderie. And honestly, I like games as a form of escape sometimes too. It's nice to empty my brain of work or difficult situations and de-stress with a game. The more people that want to join in on that game, the better.

Supporter2 months ago

I do find that the escape can be a really nice advantage to this hobby.

Premium User2 months ago

I think the destressing largely depends on the game you're playing. An especially thinky game definitely doesn't empty my brain. Though I will admit thinking about games is more fun than work or real life in general sometimes.

2 months ago

I often say being out on the baseball diamond (specifically 3B haha) is my place of zen. Since i've gotten into the hobby this year, board games have also provided that same feeling. 

2 months ago

I've always been attracted to games; board games and their production and fun, later on video games (because of the new possibilities and endless opportunities) but also the joyful game element in sports.

As far as I go back, I always dreamed of making my own games as well and it's wonderful that there is actually nothing holding me back doing that. Just like making my music, nothing stops me from getting som basic gear, learning and trying and actually DOING it. I'm not publishing or selling, that's a different story but making? every free moment, my minds is on games.

I even gamify the work around the house etc when cleaning up etc.
I listen to podcasts about game design when doing some dishes.
I bring a notepad along for random ideas
I make sketches etc.
I meddle with custom dice mechanics

and still I am far from a working prototype yet, just because i love the unlimited freedom of theorycrafting :D

I play videogames with my friends and more and more they tend to be digital boardgames over the internet.
Never played so much board games with friends since there is Covid-19! digital of course!

In games i love to build; build an empire, a city, a character and its skills, a machine, a collection, whatever... the constructive/creative part is awesome.

Ever played Factorio (computer game where you set up a big factory of conveyor belt, automated production chains etc) or transport tycoon? making it work, seeing it devolop, tweak a detail or build a mega structure... 
It fills me with satisfaction!

I guess games feed my instant gratification and that gives me the power and patience to work on the complex and long term stuff.

I'm pretty sure board- and video games strongly developed my ability to vision, plot, tweak and interface.

I love to play roles and do voices, i play games, I express myself, i draw, i play music,  ...Everything I DO IS PLAYING! even when I'm not, I try to :D

 

 

Supporter2 months ago

I like how you have a life defined by gaming, even when it isn't actually playing a "real game."

Premium User2 months ago

I'd love to see some of your sketches and hear more about your ideas! I think I'd enjoy a game you designed based on what you like to do in games. The more building the better! 

Premium User2 months ago

I like your descriptions and feel similar.  I love reading rule books and trying to untangle the puzzle of how to make the most of a game board and it's components.  I think that "mental burn" as you so well put it, is what I love the most.  The social aspect is important too and I will enjoy games with others that have less mental burn going on.  

Getting people together around the table for a good game is one of my favorite things and seeing how different folks approach different gaming scenarios.  

Premium User2 months ago

The mental burn doesn't heat your garage enough? LOL

Supporter2 months ago

Great idea for a post Chris. I'm fairly similar to your own reasons to be a gamer. I play games as a way to challenge and stretch my brain. Games are a way to relax and remove myself from the immense pressures of day to day life. Games are both a great social hobby for me but also a great personal hobby as well. I love the satisfaction of acquiring new games and growing my collection. I love the challenge and the tiny details of learning and playing a heavy new game. 

When I have the opportunity I love sitting around the table with friends and all being together and present in the same moment. Having a shared experience that deepens friendships and builds memories. All well having fun.

Games are amazing things. 

Supporter2 months ago

"Games are amazing things"

What an amazing way to sum this all up. I love it.

Premium User2 months ago

Yes they are!

2 months ago

Such an introspective question...I'll give my gut reaction, but the true response would probably take more time to evaluate.  I think I enjoy immersing myself in new puzzles and challenges to solve.    They exercise my mind in new ways, sometimes that feel uncomfortable but ultimately rewarding.  I admire the minds that design them.  I also appreciate good art and design.  I enjoy it when I look for something I think my fellow players (mostly family) will enjoy, and they do.  I enjoy the fun times and memories that gameplay facilitates.  I enjoy enhancing games I like with 3D printed components and painting them - a complimentary hobby.  

Premium User2 months ago

Excellent points! So many great memories have come from gaming for me too!