About a week ago, my friend Kiara posted this on Twitter, and it got me thinking:
What is the criteria for being called a “gamer”? I mean, I run a mean @WolfQuestGame server, does that count?
— Kiara Kalmey (@kiara_kalmey) August 11, 2018
Like with almost any label someone can apply to themselves (baker, photographer, reader, etc.), there seems to be some set of criteria for calling yourself a gamer, but no one knows what it is. What separates a gamer from a non-gamer? What’s on that mythical list of requirements? Today, I’d like to answer that question and finally put an end to these discussions.
Before I dive into that though, I want to give a shoutout to the wonderful people in the Geeks Under Grace community! I posed this same question in their Facebook group, and while these thoughts in my post are mine alone, discussing this topic with them helped me process some of my own ideas.