GAME/SHOW: What is a Gamer?


Is the term “gamer” clearly defined? The people at PBS-funded webseries, GAME/SHOW discusses this topic in their latest episode.

The term “Gamer” is widely used, but there doesn’t seem to be a real consensus of what it means. Is it just players of computer or role-playing games? What about mobile gaming like Clash of Clans and Candy Crush – does that make you a gamer?

The word “gamer” can be helpful – allowing individuals self-identify as part of a social group. But people can get pretty nasty over this issue of who is and who isn’t a gamer, and the debate over the term pushes the community in an exclusionary direction. So what exactly is a “gamer?” Is it cardcore players, casual players, mobile or console players, just people who like “Games” in general?

In August of 2013, PBS kicked off a brand new weekly web series called GAME/SHOW, hosted by gamer and reporter Jamin Warren. The show provides relevant commentary on the current state of the video game industry in the same style as other PBS-funded web series such as Idea Channel.

You can follow GAME/SHOW on Twitter at @pbsgameshow or on Facebook. If you have suggestions, ideas or feedback about the program, send them to [email protected].

Check out Game/Show’s take on what qualifies as a gamer right here:

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