The Gamer level is comprised of those that Play Collectible Card Games (CCG’s), and includes table top gamers. If you want see these geeks in their natural habitat, you must go to gaming tournaments. They can also be found in comic stores where they have tables set up. They don’t often mix with geeks of other levels and tend to be the most reclusive of the geeks.
The average geeks of this level are normal people. I know lots of geeks on this level. Partly due to the closeness to the comic level and because I have dabbled in playing CCG’s. The extreme geeks on this level should be avoided. I have two problems with extremely geeky gamers:
One, they drive off normal customers. Extremely geeky gamers are usually a group of friends who get together and play, and they are typically yelling about something and being obnoxious. They have no consideration for other customers and treat the store like it’s their basement.
Two, they possess impotent rage. I can’t count the number of times I’ve gone into a comic store and had to listen to gaming nerd rage. It’s not the swearing that bothers me, it’s the ferocity behind their rants. They argue about their games like a coach argues a blown call in the super bowl. IN EVERY GAME! Chill out people. I like a good competition, but empty threats and screaming are not cool.
It’s not bad to play card games. I used to play Magic when I was younger. I’ve played a little Pokemon and WWE as well. I also like obscure board games like Settlers of Catan, Hive, and Last Night on Earth, and normal games like Scrabble, Chess, Monopoly, and Pictionary. I like games and competition. This is a level I could partake in if I could handle the extreme geeks. Playing games is fun, but not with people that don’t let it be fun.