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29 March 2016 @ 09:50 pm
March Question Meme: Day Twenty-Nine  
Asked by icecoldrain:

Are you a gamer? If so, what game made an impact on your life?

Yes, I am. As a disclaimer, my definition of being a gamer is this: if you love playing video games and are invested with the stories and plots, you're a gamer. It doesn't matter whether you've spent hours playing or have just started, if you love playing you are considered a gamer in my eyes. None of this hardcore elitist nonsense.

The game that has impacted my life was actually the very first video game I became personally invested in, which was Tomb Raider. I had discovered the game way back in elementary school through one of my childhood best friends, it was either the first or second of the first era of the game during the mid-to-late nineties. And while I didn't keep up with the different releases of that game, it was my introduction to other games that could be played on the computer. Despite falling behind with the continued updates over the years, it certainly made an impression on me in terms of gaming, as I consider Lara Croft to be one of my favorite influential fictional/video game characters. So much in fact that I loved the movies with Angelina Jolie and I was very excited when learning that there was a comic crossover with Tomb Raider and Witchblade. I currently have the 2013 Tomb Raider game, and I'm waiting to purchase the 2015 one. Lara Croft was a big part of my formative years, so that impact definitely runs deep.
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Renée: Cara. Bitch plz.rogueslayer452 on March 31st, 2016 05:51 am (UTC)
Wow. That is the most ridiculous and childish thing I have heard. Dudebros like that are such an embarrassment, to be honest. This is the exact kind of elitism that I'm talking about, just the pure amount of whiny entitlement over something so trivial is unbelievable.

Edited at 2016-03-31 05:51 am (UTC)
Allisonvapor on March 30th, 2016 03:39 pm (UTC)
I feel the same towards Tomb Raider. It was one of the first games I ever played, and I still have it somewhere. I've always loved Lara, and I really love the reboot. I can't wait until I get to play Rise of the Tomb Raider!
Renéerogueslayer452 on March 31st, 2016 05:42 am (UTC)
I remember being so hyped after seeing the first images of the reboot. And now there's been talk about having a new Tomb Raider movie franchise, which while I loved Angelina Jolie's movies, I do want to see what they can do with an updated version with fresh new faces, possibly even following the rebooted footsteps in a sense.
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Renéerogueslayer452 on March 30th, 2016 07:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, absolutely. I also equate tabletop gaming as part of that terminology, as well. And while I still need to get them, I've actually been introduced to a variety of tabletop games that I didn't know existed that have the same amount of complex plot, storyline and strategy as video games.
Julie: Original ★ no realer than dreamsragnarok_08 on March 30th, 2016 06:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, that is the best definition of gamer I have ever come across :D

Lara Croft is just amazing, and Tomb Raider really is awesome :D
R.: well you were a magazinenemophilist on March 30th, 2016 07:23 pm (UTC)
It doesn't matter whether you've spent hours playing or have just started, if you love playing you are considered a gamer in my eyes. None of this hardcore elitist nonsense.

I totally agree!
Renéerogueslayer452 on March 31st, 2016 06:11 am (UTC)
It just bugs me a lot whenever there's someone talking about what it means to be a "real gamer", like that means something. It's just an excuse to purposefully exclude those who don't spend a certain amount of hours on a certain amount of games. Like, honestly, it doesn't matter. If you play games, no matter how exclusively or casually, you're a gamer, end of story.
Kelly: tv+aos+simmonsglassesteagues_veil on March 31st, 2016 01:33 pm (UTC)
That's one of the few games (well, the new installments) that I can watch Paul play and not want to scream. I get bored watching most game play, but TR is pretty badass, ngl. I haven't played it myself, but that's because I pretty much just play Destiny, Halo, and Knight Squad.
Megan Moonlight: kremmegan_moonlight on March 31st, 2016 06:45 pm (UTC)
if you love playing video games and are invested with the stories and plots, you're a gamer.
This. So much.

I have to admit that I never played any of the Tomb Raider games. I did watch people play, but I never tried myself.
Renéerogueslayer452 on March 31st, 2016 09:40 pm (UTC)
It's a very good franchise, the reboot games are definitely so good. I love the look and design of it, and the overall story. I definitely recommend playing it for yourself whenever you get the chance.
Megan Moonlight: kremmegan_moonlight on April 4th, 2016 07:13 pm (UTC)
I'm focusing on the Dragon Age games lately (I love them so much), but hopefully I'll get a chance to check out at least one Tomb Raider game at some point :)
the girl on firethegirlonfire on April 1st, 2016 02:28 pm (UTC)
I completely agree with your definition of a gamer! I wish people didn't have such... unfortunate... opinions about this. (Talking about dudebros who wear gaming shirts and think they know everything.)
night_owl_9: Roy Mustang - nightowl9night_owl_9 on April 2nd, 2016 02:59 am (UTC)
Your definition of being a gamer should be the one people remember.