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.