I Am No Longer A Gamer

If a word has no meaning, or its meaning becomes obscured – what is the use of it?

I was sitting in the audience at Game-Tech, scribbling notes, scanning the crowd for familiar faces. Ron Curry, the CEO of the iGEA took the stage.

“We need to redefine what the word ‘gamer’ means,” he said.

I wrote that part down.

Later, another speaker hit the stage with some interesting statistics. In generational terms, 76% of Gen Y plays games. 90% of the frankly terrifying Gen Z plays games. Even 60% of Gen X, the generation that, insanely, my own parents are a part of, plays video games.

In short – if you’re not playing video games, you’re in the minority, and that got me wondering about the way we represent ourselves as ‘gamers’.

I suspect that calling yourself a ‘gamer’ arises from the need to define yourself in opposition to some imagined majority. I play games. I am a gamer. I am a gamer because you don’t play games, but I do.

I am a gamer.

But where to now? Nowadays everyone plays games– what word will we now use to define ourselves in opposition to the mainstream?

Recently, with the mass market embrace of gadgets like the iPhone, or consoles like the Wii or the DS, we’ve seen people distort the term ‘gamer’. I am a ‘hardcore’ gamer people say. Other people play games, but they don’t play hardcore games.

I am a ‘hardcore’ gamer.

What an utterly pointless, meaningless phrase.

Honestly, what is this strange insecurity? What is this identity crisis I’m supposed to identify with?

As a teenager you form groups, those groups twist and transform according to trends and fashions, but it’s all in a fumbling search for an identity, something that helps define you. As a teenager I was most definitely a ‘gamer’. I played games – but not everyone played games - therefore, I was a ‘gamer’.

Now I’m older. I’m far more at ease with myself, and I think that growth has been reflected in the games industry as a whole. Everyone plays games nowadays, so why do still have need of a word like ‘gamer’. My mum watches TV – I’ve never heard her refer to herself as a ‘TVer’. She’s a mother, a nurse and wife.

My dad watches sport; any sport, and it doesn’t even matter what sport it is. I’ve never heard him refer to himself as a ‘sporter’. He’s a father, a firefighter, a husband.

If you cringe each and every time you hear someone use the words ‘hardcore gamer’, or it’s more marketing friendly derivative ‘core gamer’ – then that is the correct reaction. Because those words have evolved as a selfish reflex - the reaction of a child who doesn’t want to share his/her toys, a teenager who can’t abide their parents listening to the same music they do. Surely we should be past that by now?

I for one vote that the words ‘hardcore gamer’ be obliterated from existence, smelted into the furnace where dead, meaningless words go to die – and while we’re at it, can we chuck the word ‘gamer’ in there too?

As ‘gamers’ we’ve made ourselves far too easy to market to. Like some bizarre Manchurian Candidate, our ears are designed to prick up in Pavlovian response anytime an executive barks the words ‘immersive’, ‘core’, ‘AAA’ – meaningless words. Words that don’t really say anything about games themselves – what they do, who they are for, whether or not they’re actually worth your time.

Everyone plays games now - practically everyone. And as time passes, as new generations come and go, that fact will become increasingly relevant. Do we really still need to define ourselves in opposition to a majority that no longer exists?

I play games - I will always play games.

But I’m no longer a gamer.


    Agree absolutely - it is the need to identify and justify as "gamers" that has impeded acceptance into the mainstream. The fact is that gaming IS mainstream, the more everyone accepts it the less need there is for titles and stereotypes.
    The industry at large could handle this better - I'm looking at you GameTV basement dwellers...

    mmm, I dunno. Your dad plays lots of sports, so he's probably been referred to as a sportsman, or a sports nut, or whatever (obviously sporter isn't a word). I'm happy to be referred to as a gamer. I just think there's a lot more of us now. Perhaps we need better subcategories of gamers (hardcore definitely needs to go into the fire), but the fact remains.

    I play games - I will always play games.

    Thus, I'm a gamer.

    AS my wife noted. The way I scratched my neck, dived for the biscuit tin and yelled at the kids the week my PS2 and computer broke "Game Junkie" might be an appropriate title for me.

    No, the term gamer only applies to those who are enthusiastic about the industry and have embraced it.

    People who play iphone, any current nintendo etc... are NOT gamers, the simply play some games.

    Discussion over.

      I don't think I could disagree with you more.

        That's a shame.

        Think about it, a "gamer" like myself, tends to be obsessed about gaming. We look forward to the release of games, we own every console available and our computers are constantly upgraded to the latest hardware for gaming.

        When I was around 13 I hand wrote a complex walkthrough for Resident Evil, with pictures, in a scrap book. I had several scrap books with clippings from over 200 gaming magazines I owned, chronologically following the release of titles that interested me. THAT is what makes me a gamer, the enthusiasm, making gaming a part of my life.

        I am now married with a child and my wife, the beautiful understanding woman that she is, doesn't care that I have a room dedicated to gaming. Decorated with everything from Final Fantasy, God of War, Mega Man, Grand Theft Auto etc... to other interests of mine such as F1 and movies. In that room I have a PS3, PS2, PS, Xbox, Xbox360, Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Gamecube, PC, PSP, Sega Megadrive, Sega Master System.... THAT is what makes me a gamer.

        Playing angry birds on your iphone during smoke breaks IS NOT BEING A GAMER.

          Yeah, I understand your point - I just think that attitude is a bad hangover from the times when gaming was a niche hobby.

            The word "gamer" originated as a result of people like us. We should not have to adopt a new name and assume that the word has evolved.

            It's like, professional athletes who play soccer, they're soccer players right? If I play soccer with a few mates on the weekend, just having fun, does that make me a soccer player? Or do I just play soccer on weekends? Should professional soccer players be forced into relabeling themselves?

          I think I'd like to visit that room. LAN party at your place, everyone from kotaku invited? =D

            You lost all crediability when you said 'or any current nintendo' anyway...

            I think your example confuses ones profession with ones hobbie/passion/pastime.

            Can I also suggest that it's this attitude of requiring differentiation and recognition makes terms like gamer and hardcore gamer so repugnant. The attitude that ones level of investment to this hobby makes them superior to another is exactly the attitude that people should be seeking to move forward from if they ever want to obtain legitimacy.

            Console wars, hardcore gamers, all childish throwbacks to an era when we were all 14 year olds saving our allowances to buy our console of choice.

            We've grown older, perhaps we should all grow up a little.

          Doesn't matter where you go or what you do, there will always be someone who thinks they are vastly superior to everyone else.

          I play fruit ninja. Bow down before me!

        What are you DOING?!? He said DISCUSSION OVER.

        I agree the term 'gamer' is no longer applicable to a single small group. As you pointed out most of society are now gamers at some level. But, I would argue, there are different levels of dedication. Those horrid terms "casual" and "hardcore" do in a way describe different ends of a spectrum. Yes there used to be a core group hidden away in basements thinking they had a monopoly on this new thing, with some sort of greasy digital hipster mentality “I was into video gaming before it was cool to be” type crap.
        Personally I would call those who see the occasional game and have a go as the everyday "gamer" while people who actively follow industry news and upcoming titles are "gaming enthusiasts" like most of the kotaku readership probably are. Much like in the movie industry where you have people who go to the cinema or rent a few DVDs on the weekends and then the "hardcore " group that read empire magazine religiously and trawl rotten tomatoes, IMDB and various forums for news and set photos of upcoming flicks. The ones that watch the DVD a second and third time in order to listen to the different commentary tracks.

      I think the undercurrent of elitism and exclusion in your post are the exact things I tried to avoid in mine, although we are more or less trying to make the same point.

      Discussion over? C'mon.

        I'm not really sure anyone here is saying that.

      Wait, so you're saying someone who played the original Death Rally on their 486 DX/66 back in the 90's shouldn't relive it with the (very good) iphone port?

      You're saying that someone who loved Metroid, Super Metroid, and Symphony of the Night so many years ago shouldn't play Infinity Blade, made by Chair, who did a fantastic job with Shadow Complex and are continuing to do amazing things with the Unreal Engine?

      You're saying don't clock a hundred and eighty hours on Monster Hunter Tri, skip Mario Galaxy 1+2, and write off Donkey Kong Country Returns as "not core". Dead Space: Extraction and HOTD: Overkill as titles that "real" gamers shouldn't care about.

      So don't agonise over getting through Fire Emblem on DS with all your party surviving; don't scratch that classic x-com itch with Hunters on iOS or Ghost Recon on 3DS; don't play anything on a console that doesn't output to 1080p, because that means you're not dedicated enough to be in this discussion.

        I believe what he's saying is that people who don't care about games, but just play them (majority of iphone gamers) shouldn't be called gamers

        ^^^ THIS... to write off Nintendo as a company and as several various platforms just because you'd rather not associate yourself with the people who play casual games on said systems... shame... above listed games are just the tip of the iceberg, and I'd say the DS/3DS shouldnt be looked down upon as "Casual platforms", because whilst there are a lot of casual games they also cater to a diverse range of games for all kinds of gamers, same should be said for the Wii... im not into these new iPhone or iPad games myself personally, but I see no logical reason why they should be written off as a platform for "gaming enthusiasts especially if there is potential for some great gaming experiences to be had...

      I completely agree, I know a lot of people that are "gamers" by the definitions used to create such a large percentage, yet not a single one of them would know what mass effect, oblivion, skyrim or other AAA titles are. They play angry birds on iPhone and wii sports on the wii. If you still want to refer to them as gamers, then call them "casual gamers" and those of us who love games, but don't have time to play them all the time (thus not "hardcore") can still be "gamers" and have that word mean something.

      The only thing making the word gamer mean anything less or different is the inclusion of these people who know nothing about games or the industry. Playing games on the iPhone or wii does not put them on the same level of "gamerness" as us.

      I understand tags/labels are sometimes useful, to make things easier when you wish to communicate certain attributes quickly with little explanation.

      Having said that, I generally hate being "labelled" by OTHER people, as it is someone else trying to define you with certain attributes in a simplistic way, that in all likelyhood will be at least partially innacurate in the connotations it comes with.

      It's all very context and subject specific and different meanings can and will be infered by different people in different company and settings.

      To me its just like any other subject. For example; if asked if i like girls or guys by a stranger, i would say "I'm gay". But with friends I might not use that label, as i know they would be more receptive to the more detailed/more accurate/less pc/more scientific/educated etc answer. It matters more to me usually, to define myself as accurately as possible to those who matter, and less to strangers.

      I don't mind people using labels -except for cuntservatives who purposefully use certain words as negative mind triggers. Like how they have succesfully reappropraited words like "liberal" and "socialist" in contemporary political discourse, particulary in the US.

      This post reeks of insecurity, like a kid frustrated at his brother for sharing his interests.

      "You CAN'T like it! It's MY hobby!"

      Come on man, you say you're married with a child now, yet you're espousing this exclusive, insecure attitude of a 14 year old.

    Not everyone plays games.
    A good number of people i associate with don't play games and wouldn't call themselves gamers.
    Therefore i refer to myself as a gamer.

    Its not due to a need to classify myself, or feel more secure in some form of minority.

    Some people like to fill their spare time primarily playing a sport, or going for a swim, or perhaps a long walk.

    In my spare time, besides smoking a few things i shouldn't, i play games.
    I am a gamer.

    My thoughts of a gamer is not just someone who plays games, but someone who plays games a lot e.g. plays a game whenever he/she has spare time.

      Exactly. I reckon I wasn't a gamer for a few years there but for the past year and a half its replaced television as my main night time entertainment.

      Now my wife, she plays games, but short things you can do as a distraction like Bejewelled or Words with Friends.

      So while games are ubiquitous these days, for some people such as myself they are a hobby for most others they are just a distraction.

    I agree but I'm still so reluctant to give up the term "gamer".

    I think it comes down to the response when you ask someone "are you a gamer?".

    I mean, people who play Farmville on facebook all day and Angry Birds on the bus home will still probably say "no, not really", whereas someone like myself who works all day just so I can afford to go home and turn on my Xbox will probably say "yes I am".

    I'm not trying to be elitist, and I'm definitely steering clear of the term "hardcore gamer" or "recreational gamer" (like all games aren't recreational) but the beauty of language generally is its ability to evolve.

    So maybe being a "gamer" has changed from someone who plays games, in any form, to someone who considers games a large (or middle-sized) part of their life?

    Just my 2 cents.

      I mostly agree with this. I consider myself a gamer, but not a hardcore gamer -- I hate that term. The games industry really needs to grow up.

      I don't want to let go of the hardcore or core gamer tag. I know it has come to mean a lot of negative things like elitism and is thrown around like a buzz word from the 80s but we do need to make a definition here.

      Like you say, there are gamers who love games and play often, it is a hobby they are invested in and often we follow the industry closely. Then there are those that just play games to pass the time when bored or when they have a few spare minutes.

      There is a difference between someone who loves books and reads every novel they can get their hands on and someone that will read a book once every few months. However in this case distinction is un-necessary, any book can be read by anyone, but is this true to games?

      I am a 'core' gamer, I enjoy most games, however I am more likely to enjoy a game that is challenging to an experienced gamer. That isn't too heavy on hand holding and knows that I have played games like this in the past. I want some complexity and I really like it when games find new things to do.

      However the 'casual' gamer will not enjoy those things as much. They will be less experienced and will need more hand holding. They will prefer less competitive games or complex games and will prefer games they can just pick up and play. They won't know if Mirror's Edge was a good attempt at something knew that fell short or if Angry Birds is another incarnation of a physics based game that has existed for years.

      There is no reason why both groups can't enjoy games but there are some games that are clearly more likely to be for one group or another. I don't want to act elitist but there are games that are dumbed down for the more 'casual' audience, and there are games that are made more complex for the 'core' audience.

      I do agree that the concept of the gamer and not gamer isn't just whether you play games. I think it is more how you view them, if they are your passion or your way to pass the time. And even if the current words used to describe these two groups do have some negative connotation we will always need some kind of distinction between them. Not so we can draw lines and be elitist, but so we can know our differences and know what appeals to us.

        Well put, appeal to the factions does play a big part in game marketing.

    I've always hated the 'hardcore" term, and indeed adopting a title for something that I do. We tend to describe ourselves as the job we do (I say to people "I'm a journalist" for example) which really is no less absurd. In our society I guess our primary, socially-acceptable function is our work, but of course we try not to let that define us. I wouldn't call myself a gamer despite having played games all my life, because I do other stuff too! It like how people are surprised to learn I listen to heavy metal - people expect a metal fan to be head to toe black with long hair and spikes coming off them. Titles are just restricting, superficial and exclusive.

    I feel this sentiment exactly. People ask me a lot if I'm a gamer or girl gamer. I always say no - I just like playing video games. Most of my free time is usually dedicated to playing video games. I've worked in two very different roles within the industry.

    I'm still not a gamer. But some people love the title of "gamer", "hardcore gamer", "casual gamer" or "girl gamer". If people want to hold on to that for the sake of some sort of identity, then let them be. Their fault if they get sucked into the marketing.

    We let people call themselves "artists" when they can barely manage something past stick figures, or a "photographer" when they know how to use the macro feature on their Sony Cybershot. May as well let gamers be, too.

      Interesting point - the word 'girl gamer' is even worse in my opinion.

        I can certainly agree with that. The whole "girls play games now, too!" marketing angle that seems so prevalent on Facebook and other advertising sources is not only pretty sexist, it's just plain offensive to girls who have always played games (like, before it was cool?).

    I agree.

    It's a sign of insecurity that people self-adopt (or worse, accept from an external source) an identifying label. Entrenching difference and 'apartness' through identity politics is hardly ideal for any group wishing to be seen as part of the mainstream.

    Let alone one that now is the mainstream.

    In the case of gaming it perpetuates myths and frankly doesn't match up with reality.

    I think your last point is great: "Do we really still need to define ourselves in opposition to a majority that no longer exists?"

    There still needs to be a word that I can call myself the let everyone know. Not only do I play games like you, but I play more variety, more complex, more frequently and worse still, while not gaming I'm thinking about gaming.

    You can have gamer. I'm claiming TAYbie as our new word we can be proud of.

    What you do is not who you are.

      So a banker isn't a banker.

      A sportstar isn't a sportstar.

      Of course you what you do the difference i believe is that realistically Gamer should be used because it's your actual occupation.

      Otherwise your a game enthusiest or hobbyist.

    People call me different things depending on my actions.
    When facebook updates show I played games, I'm called a gamer.
    When I go to the gym at lunch time, I'm called a gym freak.
    When I drink a protein shake, I'm called a roids user.
    When I order a controller board and electronics, I'm called a geek.
    Fuck'em, I call myself superior and emperor, as soon as others realise this, we'll get a long better.

      Ahahah! I'm leaving the swear word in, because it's necessary for the impact!

    I am a gamer because I enjoy playing games.

    I am a movie buff because I enjoy watching movies.

    I am an avid reader because I enjoy reading books.

    I am a sports fan because I enjoy watching sports.

    I am a couch potato because I enjoy watching TV shows.

    I am a writer because I enjoy writing.

    I am a coffee snob because I enjoy drinking coffee.

    All of these things are part of what defines me, but each individual thing is not me.

    "Hardcore", "core" and "casual" are dirty words to me and their definitions are altered to suit the need of whoever is using them at the time.

      So ... what you're trying to say is you're a sports reading movie buff gaming potato snob writer?

      Damned elitsts.


        I also eat meat, if that makes any difference.

    This reminds me of an article Ben Croshaw wrote not too long ago, "Don't use the word 'Gamer' ".
    I've sort of avoided using the term 'gamer' since I read it, as bloody everybody plays games now. Soon being a geek will be "normal".

    Snippet from Yahtzee's article:

    "And as for people who call themselves "girl gamers," they're the worst of them. Not only does the word "gamer" give the unconscious segregation effect I've adequately ranted at above, but the word "girl" also implies that playing games and possessing a double X chromosome is something particularly worthy of note".

      This is the point I was trying to make above, also.

      Labels inherently segregate people and highlight differences, or assumed differences, where there shouldn't be any.

    I do find it sad that I am now in the majority (because i've always been told i'm not and I quite enjoyed the fact I was special because of it), because being a gamer used to mean something, like a basketballer, scout or firefighter still does.

    10 years ago being a gamer also typically meant that you where also someone that could fix game systems, etc.

    The worse part of it is that a lot of people that play games don't consider themselves gamers. e.g. my parents that have played tetris and most windows games for the last 20 years and will typically play between 2-3 hours of games a day (on average about an hour more than I can typically acheive) still think that they aren't gamers and that I have a gaming problem and they don't (Note that the each have a PC, DS lite, share a Wii, and my dad has a iPod for games and controlling his theatre).

    I think if people ask me now I'd qoute that I'm a gaming otaku, as it means that I have a slightly unhealthy relationship with gaming, thus returning me to the group of people who are different to the unwashed masses that nintendo and apple have created.

    I would think the apparent need to distinct 'core gamers' from 'casual gamers' stems from the community/society of 'core gamers', and how there are seemingly huge differences between those who are involved in the said community/society and those who don't.

    There are plenty of people who love games, who even hype themselves up about a new release, but do not actively engage with the wider community of gaming or attempt to keep themselves actively in the loop or involved in with the industry. Or perhaps, it more seems, 'core gamers' dedicate more time to gaming than 'casual gamers' and perhaps it can be as far as to say that 'core gamers' actively spend a significant proportion of their time involving themselves with the gaming community/industry than 'casual gamers'.

    Obviously, since these are all terms exploited by marketing groups and has become an almost elitist term that somehow make us more 'true' gamers than those who simply enjoy Angry Birds on their way to work, the terms 'gamer' and 'core gamer' have been driven to the ground, and lost some meaning.

    But I would think it does stem from a true distinction between people who casually play games and people who dedicate themselves to the gaming society as a major part of their lifestyle and time.

    And there's nothing better, worse or wrong with being either and calling themselves a 'gamer'.

    I have a ton more to say on this, but think I'd ought to be spending more time trying to get my TNT cannon on MineCraft to stop blowing itself up.

    I think the term 'gamer' has shifted from meaning 'someone who plays games' to an equivalent of 'games enthusiast', which is something that would adequately describe most/all of the people who frequent this website. It is human nature to seek pattern and meaning in all things, and categorisation facilitates this in many ways, so to dismiss the prevalence for terms such as gamer to describe demographics may be a little premature.

      Thanks Cracks. You saved me from making my own post.

      I am a game enthusiast.

      Side note: You aren't a real gamer if you haven't played Ocarina of Time. *glares at Chuloopa*

        I haven't played Ocarina of Time.


        I have 2 arcade cabinets and a Terminator 2 pinball machine.

    Hmm. So what does it mean when I call myself a competitive gamer?

    I don't see what the issue is with defining the different groups of gamers that have emerged - what are commonly referred to as the 'hardcore' and 'casual' groups. I mean, it's just for the ease of distinguishing people.

    My only problem are the people who pretend to be "in" with this newly emerged 'gamer culture' (for lack of better term) just for the sake of appearances.

    Yes, statistically, the majority of people play games, but bear in mind these include games like solitaire/minesweeper/poker etc. Just because people play these games doesn't mean we have a common hobby; the term 'gamer' can't be used to lump us all together anymore.

    Still waiting for the day ad men tap into the "homosexual market" and we get "Gaymer".

      I'm surprised no one has comended you on this comment yet. Let me be the first. :D

      The marketing - and that label - does exist. I'm not really a fan.

      So much hilarity waits if you swap that for every other "gamer" word on this page.

    The word gamer is only useful as an identifier in the context of distuingishing oneself as someone who plays games when in the company of non-gamers. It's a deliberately exclusive and exclusionary phrase - we're removing ourselves from the 'crowd' as it were.

    Maybe Gen Xers and Yers (I grudgingly accept I am Gen Y despite identifying more with the stereotypical Gen X) feel the need to make the distinction because we grew up in an environment where we might be exposed there were people who did not play games at all. Maybe the older crowd of gamers cling to the phrase to distinguish themselves as people who have followed the hobby for a lengthy period of time, from it's humble reboot beginnings in the 80s to today. I know that there are people who don't consider others gamers unless they have an equivalent history with and passion for videogaming.

    It's a silly distinction, you'd be hard pressed to find a community where this is not the majority opinion.

    I could easily consider myself the only person in my team at work to be a gamer, because I have an Xbox 360 and PS3 and spend 10-15 hours a week gaming (not counting the odd weekend binges which can drive that number to 25 hours plus... which may not seem like a lot but I have to share the Xbox with my wife).

    But my Gen X manager has a PS3 (after being impressed with the free PS3 his (Baby Boomer) father received for buying a Sony Bravia TV). One of my younger coworkers constantly plays flash games on her work PC (much to the detriment of her productivity, but that's another story) but considers video games a "stupid" hobby because she's rather go out drinking every night.

    Other colleagues have running Words with Friends games on their iPhones and will cheerfully argue across cubicles about the veracity of an allowed word or who's been abusing dictionaries.

    Aren't they gamers by definition? Am I really any more hardcore than they are just because I play more? They're fiercely competitive. They put videogames above other priorities. I split my potential gaming time with my wife, and hell, she tends to finish more games and finish them faster than I do so I'm deferring to her judgement on the occasional gaming matters to the point that I had to ask her to "just let me play" Crysis 2 because she was offering advice on how to play it her way (stealthy) even though I was getting along just fine my way (shooting every bastard in the vicinity) - which I consider a rather wonderful endorsement for Crysis 2, if nothing else.

    Why would I cling to an exclusionary term like gamer anyway? I want our hobby to expand and grow. Gamer has become more than exclusionary, beyond exclusive - it's elitist. People only refer to themselves as a gamer when they're trying to make a point that the other person isn't, and that's no way to grow an industry.

    If a person who only plays facebook or smartphone games is also a gamer then thanks to my time in high school I am a scientist, a mathematician, and a historian.

      You say that as though it's not true. Or do you only consider someone a "gamer" if they game professionally?

      When you do math you are a mathemetician. When you do experiments, you are a scientist. When you study history, you are a historian.

    The only thing I'm worried about is if 10 - 20 years from now every game released is some bullshit "appeal to everyone, never take risks, screw innovation and just make profits".

    The way how I see it, the "gamers" who actually play the more traditional style of games (RPG's, Action Titles, Strategy games, etc) will always be in the minority. Before games got popular the minority was us, and when the market gets flooded by Safe and Marketable yearly releases (Guitar Hero, Dance Games, Shooters which are carried by their multiplayer modes), we'll still be in the minority.

    At least it feels that way. Maybe i'm jaded from working in a school and being surrounded by teenagers who admire my Fallout-decaled MacBook and have never played Fallout 2, or look at Call of Duty with the same love and adoration as I looked at my copy of Final Fantasy VII back in the day.

    Wait, fuck it, I'm just old and jaded at the younger generation.

    I just hope the games I love don't die away and get replaced with shit, much like how the elderly think today's music is shit.

      OH GOD, 20+ years from now "my games" will be to the younger generation like me looking at an Andre Rieu CD with contempt!


        "You play with your hands? That's a baby's toy!"

    I am a gamer and have even had my wife call me a "game junkie" because i always need a fix. A bit of time spent on my own or with my kids playing a video game is just the thing i need to get rid of the tensions of 9-5 syndrome.

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