So I was sitting and thinking about the meaning of Gamer, or more likely what's defines a gamer? Am I a hardcore gamer or a casual gamer?
This idea brought me to express another crazy view of this term.
The Hardcore gamer:
How can you recognize a hardcore gamer (without using the obvious question)?
This is pretty simple. You start a conversation with him or you just speak to other person but make sure you speak loud enough so that person you want to know, if he is a hardcore or not would hear you. You should say something that is very well known to the gamers community but at the same time it's not related to any other industry, like movies industry. Because if this thing you speak about is related to the movies for example you can't tell if the person is a gamer or not.
An example; you say something about Max Payne character. Gamers will surly know a thing or two about him. BUT, if a person only watched the movie he'll know some facts too and you wouldn't be able to identify him.
You should stick to things that are still exclusive to the gamers.
A good example of such conversation will be:
Me: "Hay, did you see that?"
Me: "See, he did exactly like Snake did it"
At this point, if the person who you intended to figure out was listening, and he happens to be a hardcore gamer so should he burst into your conversation with glowing eyes, saying all this in one breath: "You mean Solid Snake?" "This game is so awesome. I finished MGS and MGS2 3 times. Konami did a great job, releasing 8 games in the series and 9th is coming soon. I'm soooo proud to own them all and a big toy version of the Grey Fox that happens to be Snake's friend. I can tell you a lot more about it, would you like to be my friend and add me on Steam, pretty please???"
In case this hasn't happened and the person you want to know about is just raised his right eyebrow and he is staring at you suspiciously, like you just dropped a bomb out'a your pocket. This could mean 2 things. Either this person is not a hardcore gamer and you should note that or this hardcore gamer didn't play/did try and got bored (which I doubt)/didn't like the MGS series.
So move to plan B, which is trying a famous quote to get the persons' attention.
Here are some quotes for you to choose from:
1. "Stay a while and listen" (DiabloII)
2. "This is your fault. I'm going to kill you. And all the cake is gone. You don't even care, do you?" (Portal)
3. "Snake? Snake? SNAAAAAAAAKE!!!" (Guess, will you?)
4. "You must construct additional pylons" (StarCraft)
5. "Requiescat in pace. (ACIII)
6. "Fus-ro-dah! (The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim)
Now that you have chosen your quote, say it loud enough for the person to hear.
Also, note that running in your college corridors and shouting "Fus-ro-dah!" won't make you famous among the human kind.
After saying the quote, expect some extraordinary effect from your fella.
Of course the effect depends on what you said. Either he will present you a platter with a note saying: "The cake is a lie!" or he will grab a sword and a shield from his bag humming the Skyrim theme soundtrack.
If that thing is happening then be sure he is a hardcore gamer.
Otherwise, he might call you a nerd. In that case, just ignore him. He doesnt know what he is missing neither he wants to know, so he can't be helped.
Description of a Hardcore gamer:
Not so hard to describe those people. You just have to see what are they doing during the day, like if they sleep all day long, they are surly a vampires.
Okay, seriously you will not identify anything that reveals that he is a hardcore gamer.
Only after he finishes his duties and chores. You'll find him locked up at his room or a basement of some sort where he will be wearing his massive expansive headphones with an adjustable mic, shouting orders at his screen, holding a controller at his hand and having a keyboard and a mouse at his side in any case. From time to time you'll hear yells from him, like: "Ha ha head shot!" or "Gotch'a mother******". Most likely he will be spending hours or even entire nights oblivious to the time and space. The only thing that will stop him is a need to go to the rest room or consume some food in which case it will be already stockpiled at his room.
Basically, this room might be like a museum, with posters of favorite game heroes and toys in various sizes and it might just look like an ordinary room.
The reason for this will be achievements, trophies, higher levels, more skill points and 100% completion which in gamers jargon they'll say: "Platinum".
For a non gamer person, this will look like a weird and worthless thing.
For the gamer it's his way of life and his stats define him in the community. Respect the Hardcore gamers!!!