10-20 hours a weeks seems a little low to be a gamer imo, personally i play close to, if not 10 hours a day, and i have friends that literally play 10-20 hours a day. logging at least 50 hours a week. also curious what kind of effects these people (like my self) and going to see aginst
there eyes in the future.
How old are you? I'd be surprised to hear you say you're an adult. The percentage of gamers who are adults is pretty large, and continues to grow.
Being an adult who works a full-time job, it's tough to find 3 hours per weekday to game, let alone 10 or 20. An adult who's in a relationship would probably have trouble finding much more than 20 hours per week, including weekends. Out of a relationship, maybe 30. I think 20-30 hours per week is a reasonable qualification for "gamerhood". In fact, I think that might even be a little high for a minimum range. It requires a daily commitment, and large blocks of time on weekends. Going beyond 30 hours per week probably requires throwing out alternative forms of entertainment such as TV, movies, or physical activity, even for a single person. Allowing these to constitute more than a very small chunk of your time would start to pull away from available gaming time, so it's either that or give up sleep.
I'm aware that there are many gamers who do make the sacrifices I talked about above. Surely you do, if you spend 10 hours a day gaming. And your friends who do upwards of 15... I can't imagine they're supporting themselves, or even making meals for themselves. But this is not a requirement, in my opinion. Arguably it depends on your definition of "gamer". To follow the trend of other such labels, the activity need not be the exclusive form form of entertainment in your life for the label to apply. Sports fans amuse themselves without sports, golfers don't only play golf in their free time, avid readers don't necessarily spend the majority of every evening with their face in a book. Rather, I'd suggest that such time investments would qualify one to be "hard-code", "extreme", or "fanatic".
15th June 2005 - 02:57 PM
I'm 19, sure I am not supporting a family, but i'm working 2 part time jobs and game or party in my off time. Dont mean to be really cocky about this suject, just most of the gamers i know are around my age and so i'm looking at a broder range of playtime to compair "hard core" to "casual".