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26 July 2013

                                                   Warcraft and Halo and Farmville oh my

    For many people around the world gaming is an indulging hobby, and they all have

their reasons for playing. Some enjoy it for fun, others use it for an escape, and very

rarely a few  use gaming as a source of income. Just as there are many ways to use games –

for educational or recreational purposes – there are equally as many types of gamers who

play them. These types range from the subcategories based on genre to the three main known

as; compulsive, avid, and casual. Each of these players game for a different duration of

hours, on different consoles, and especially genres.

    For compulsive gamers, video gaming has developed into a way of life. Compulsive

gamers tend to have been playing since their early ages from when they could first hold a

Gameboy or shove a quarter into the slot for a round of Pac-man. Being a compulsive gamer

is not an easy life and is quite dangerous; be it physically or socially. A compulsive

gamer will sit down in front of a computer – or another big wig console – and anticipate

to play for only a couple of hours – yet when they finally focus on the clock again they

come to find out they have wasted almost half their awake time, if not all of it. Tom

Bissell gives a perfect example of this in his explanation of why he missed the 2008

presidential election “One hour [. . .], I told myself. [. . .] Seven hours later [. . .]

I turned off my Xbox 360, checked in with CNN, and discovered that the acceptance speech

had already been given” (4)Another aspect of compulsive gamers is brought in by the

specific type of game most of them tend to play. It would not be hard to find this type of

gamer as they mostly tend to be playing World of Warcraft or another infamous RPG game –

be it MMO or single player – while staring point blank at a computer screen even if the

person next to them has caught on fire.

    Avid gamers are one of the hardest to identify out of all of those who play video

games. Their hours range between both compulsive and casual; some play as long or as

little that they almost match up to the extremes. Most avid gamers play for a general

amount of hours and – big surprise here – as a way to generate money. A great deal of

people consider those who make money off gaming – more commonly known today as “Let’s

Players” or “Streamers” – are compulsive gamers; but such is not the case. In fact, most

Let’s Players or Streamers tend to start off their gaming career while still holding an

actual job – though not all make the switch to full-time; this is specifically common

amongst Streamers. One example is a group that started out with only four people and

developed the name 4PlayerPodcast – later changed to 4PlayerNetwork. These four men began

streaming games on Twitch – a website once named J.tv – and slowly cultivated a small

group of followers as one of the first ever group of casters.Although they have a donation

link via PayPal – and they gain money with subscriptions and ads – the boys still require

jobs so they can keep living and gaming. For Let’s Players this aspect is much different

as they tend to begin playing on YouTube simply for the joy of it; as time goes on YouTube

will send the Let’s Player asking if they want a partnership – should the Player agree

they will begin to receive a steady income and no longer have need for an actual job. A

well-known Let’s Player, known throughout YouTube as PewDiePie, has become a huge success

over the past couple of years gaining enough money through “YouTube sell[ing] advert[s] on

his station [and] […] revenue [he gets] from t-shirt sales” that he no longer needed to

continue his job or studies (“Therefore PewDiePie Sweden’s hottest internet star,” par. 7)

     A casual gamer is commonly someone hidden amongst the ranks of Facebookers; or once

MySpacers. The average casual gamer spends five-to-ten minutes playing games like

Farmville or Robot Unicorn Attack. This type of gamer is not limited to just simply

browser-based games or iPhone games. In fact plenty of casual gamers play on handhelds

like the. Others who do not play those tend to play games “[. . .] such as party and music

games like [Singstar] and [Dance Dance Revolution]” (Crawford  55).Although most gamers

who enjoy casual games are mostly women a great deal of men enjoy such entertainment as

well.

     It is very easy to mix up the types of gamers – especially those in the avid

category – unless they extend into the far ends of the spectrum. With such thin lines

based on duration of play or what type of platform is used it certainly is not easy to

pick out who is what.






                                                               Works Cited

Bissell, Tom. Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter. New York: Random House, 2011. Print.
    Crawford, Garry. Video Gamers. New York: Routledge, 2012. Print.

Lindstrom, Lars. “Therefore PewDiePie Sweden’s hottest internet star.” Expressen. 28 Mar.        
    2012. Web. 24 Jul. 2013.
Warcraft and Halo and Farmville oh my
An essay I wrote for the final of my Comp 1 class. The assignment was to choose five adjectives that describe you and then write about one in detail. I figure you can tell I chose "gamer" for mine.

If you want to give me any pointers feel free to do so in the comments, I'm sure I could use them with my CRW class.
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I'm gonna work on trying to get back into everything, now that I've lost my job and one of my classes is online and another is a creative writing class I plan to start posting stuff again. Starting with my writings for my class. I'm just gonna start with my writings I have (ALL of them, even the shitty and unfinished ones). Then I'm gonna work on getting my art into here. So keep a heads up when things start coming around. I'm just gonna spam my available writings (save for ones I'm working on).

EDIT:
So as it turns out the only thing I had on here was that essay I just posted??? Apparently everything must be on my laptop unless it got wiped out or I deleted it. Either way looks like I'll have to wait for Christmas to come around for all that other stuff unless I can find a working battery pack so I can at least transfer the docs to a drive. Think I might start doing that actually just so I don't lose anything again, ugh.

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I'm a Fine Arts major and I dabble in various art forms. I'm currently in a creative writing class and I plan to post everything I finish on here. I'm also lazy as heck and I really need to get around posting my art and writing my many other stories.

I've created the Sleepcraft comic which is currently on hiatus until I find my tablet stuff and then it's due for an update and redraw of the panels (possibly GIFs even ooooh~)

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I'm gonna work on trying to get back into everything, now that I've lost my job and one of my classes is online and another is a creative writing class I plan to start posting stuff again. Starting with my writings for my class. I'm just gonna start with my writings I have (ALL of them, even the shitty and unfinished ones). Then I'm gonna work on getting my art into here. So keep a heads up when things start coming around. I'm just gonna spam my available writings (save for ones I'm working on).

EDIT:
So as it turns out the only thing I had on here was that essay I just posted??? Apparently everything must be on my laptop unless it got wiped out or I deleted it. Either way looks like I'll have to wait for Christmas to come around for all that other stuff unless I can find a working battery pack so I can at least transfer the docs to a drive. Think I might start doing that actually just so I don't lose anything again, ugh.

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Hey man, yeah I was thinking about it. That is if you'd be willing to have me join
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Haha howdy, sorry for the late reply as well as the late follow college y'know it's a real drag
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So youre the right person, ori, right, its been a while since edgewater.  It was kinda difficult to find you after i found out your deviant art acc is different from your other stuffs.  The funny thing is i remembered because your watching my old account.  On my new acc ive been adding some stuff and my story is coming together nicely.
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