For a long time now I’ve been trying to find a term that would best describe the kind of people that I mean when I talk about gaming. I didn’t like the term “gamer” because it’s too vague and frankly it has become loaded because of all the assholes on either side of conversations. Then I saw someone use the phrase “Gaming Enthusiast” and I feel like that hits the nail on the head for me.
I’m not a hardcore gamer, nor am I a casual gamer. I’m just someone who really enjoys the medium. I find every genre delightful and I like to try and find the beauty in everything, even flawed games. That said I don’t let them slide. I’m not so much concerned with the controversies or politics of video gaming. For me it’s entirely about the art and the entertainment. Largely because I don’t think there is anything you could do to make all parties happy. That eternal conflict will be going on long after I’m dead. So I don’t see much reason to be bothered by it or to participate in it.
That is, unless a game suffers for it.
At any rate, not much else to add to this. I’m just happy to have a term that I feel hits the nail on the head. I might think about it further and write more about it. But for now I think this will work well.