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Remember that everything that I say is my pure imagination. (yeah, I'm already consulting a doctor). I want to apologize beforehand for any misunderstandings or hurt feelings that I may cause unintentionally.
Hope you all enjoy it
Most of us know that the big United States are going to elect a new president to their country. Many of will also participate in the voting process. So charming. Voting is vary important task I know. You will decide how will look your next few years. Or maybe nothing will change as always with un based promises of bright and success.
The country does so much to get to every person living in the country to allow him to vote. Like helping the elder people to vote.
So here is my question.
Why, *underline this word, maybe twice or even 3 times, where each time it's harder and harder *. why the astronauts are voting?
What is the reason for an astronaut in space to vote for some leader in his country and don't even say a word about patriotism.
This astronaut dedicated his life to studies and training and god knows what, to be out there in space, just to get out of his country.
How will you convince an astronaut to vote?. Ha ha ha
What will you say?: That the prices on groceries will be less? He doesn't even go shopping and his food is consists of bags withfluids or chemical concentration so it won't spoil.
What will you say? That there will be less crime? Ha, this astronaut is isolated with his best buddy since the 4th grade. Doesn't even care about other people out there.
This astronaut out there in space doesn't care who will be elected and why and what would he do.
But we all know what would happen. It doesn't matter who will be the next president be sure you will see on some news channels about celebrating astronauts.
P.S. This blog is a humorous *or maybe even not a humorous but just dumb* perspective about voting for astronauts. No harm intended.
How can you recognize (without asking the obvious question)?
Ha, this is very simple indeed. If you say anything related to a video game or a video game hero and the person around you will be dumbstruck. They will look at you like they just saw an alien talking a foreign language. Just to ensure that, use some video game gag. For example: "Once I was an adventurer like you" *we all know where is this going to*. If the person that you are trying to figure out is looking at you with a stare of a cow, then be sure. This person is not a gamer at all. He doesn't know even the smallest piece of information about the gaming industry but just that it exists.
Description of a non-gamer:
I tried hard to think about what those people might be. But I surrendered to my fantasy once again. I don't have an idea about what does people do with their free time. I guess movies, books and some park strolling are among those things. Those people just don't know what they are missing.
There is like a whole parallel world that you just close your eyes on and deny its very existence refusing to take part in it and enjoy it. Either reason for this behavior is unusual for me. This is not another trend changing with time. This is a community, and industry and a huge amount of people who follow it and support it.
Those who belong to the community have strength. They can demand things from the industry and influence on it. They can sign petitions in protest and show their support on the other hand. They have international days in which they celebrate some video game theme, wearing related costumes.
The industry also arranges a massive budget shows and exhibitions for those people providing them the opportunity to get a glimpse of a new game in development or give them a go on the new demo release.
This is a way of life, and you either swimming along the stream, and enjoying its innovations or you just letting the stream carry you, and ignore everything around you.
Either way, games play a huge part in our life and they always will.
My final thoughts?
I consider myself as a casual gamer. I like a good game and most of the time at evening you'll find me sitting and clicking my mouse or pressing some buttons on my pad while everyone else asleep in my house.
Why do I do it? I enjoy it. It gives me excitement, although not for long. Most likely I wont be playing the same game more than once unless it was that good, and this kind of games is rarity.
Today, as I'm studying a lot.
I play at night when my mind is no use for solving another homework problem anymore. I play short sessions and I do it fast but not rush. If I find the story a bit uninteresting, I'll skip everything about it, all the cut scenes and stuff. If the game is bad in my opinion, I'll quit and won't wait until the final level in it. I won't even remember its name afterwards. Otherwise, I'll try to finish it and try to enjoy it as much as I can.
I like game with purpose, otherwise I get bored very quickly walking around exploring without cause.
My most beloved genre is RPG games, although couple of years before, I liked strategy games a lot, more than any other genre. Today, either I've changed my taste or there are no good strategy games to pick up.
That's it. This 3 parts post has come to an end.
I was fantasizing about meanings and definitions, and how they might look like. I've tried to give my perspective view on things.
I hoped you liked the reading as much as I liked the writing.
Keep gaming, see ya' xD.
How can you recognize a casual gamer (without asking the obvious question)?
They are the most difficult to recognize and describe. They seem to know many things about games but they lack the only one thing that is so defines the hardcore gamers, and is: dedication.
There is no effective way to certainly say about a person that he is a casual gamer.
But let's try a few things:
Start a conversation with someone that is standing or sitting near the person you want to know about. Make sure the person is within hearing range and he doesn't looking at you nor he pays any attention to you and your conversation. Mention a name of a certain game that was quite a hit and raised some followers in your conversation, then quickly see if that person has stirred his glance and got interested.
Okay, if he glanced at you even for a split second but didnt say anything, it's cool. This person might be living in denial. Continue your conversation but now mention another game that was released recently but was not a hit, maybe even a bad one or one that was disappointing (not just in your opinion), also try to mention a game that you think would suit the persons' attitude or your first impression about him, you might get surprised at your guess effect. For example, try "Duke Nukem: forever" or other bad game (please, don't judge me). If after saying this the person looked at you again. It means that he might be the one you looking for. Otherwise, he might be shy or he might don't even know what you talking about. Anyway, move to plan B.
In this case you'll have to make a direct contact, nothing to do about it. Start a conversation and ask him about computer devices that are converted to gamers. For example: "I was reading this article about this super sensitivity for a mouse and the ability to change its weight, what do you think about it?"
Another one: "Why and is it helpful to own a keyboard in which you can change and replace the buttons and almost each button can be assigned multiple functionalities?"
If his answers were: "I don't care about this mouse. Just give my one for 10 bucks and I'm settled" or "A convertible keyboard? blah. Who the hell need this stuff anyway, better someone solve me the patrol problem", this type of answers reveals you that the glances that he was giving you were just because he didn't had the slightest idea of what are you talking about. He is definitely not a gamer, leave him be.
Otherwise, if that person is telling you one of the following: "This kind of mouse would be awesome to play Counter Strike or other shooter game, where you need precise accuracy" or "This keyboard can solve my problems when I play Starcraft or other Strategy game".
If those where the answers, the last thing to ensure is that it's not a shy hardcore gamer. This part should be simple; and you already know what to do. The simplest thing is to ask "what do you do in your free time?" if he answers: "I don't know, maybe I'll watch a TV or read a book or something" Then this is a casual gamer.
If the answer was one of the following: "I'll finish the game I started yesterday, I've left the last boss fight for today" or "I'm gonna blast some aliens tonight" and the last one "I'll probably will be writing/filming a complete walkthrough guide to one of my favorite games" so you should know, you hit the hardcore one.
Description of a casual gamer:
There are actually two types of those casual gamers.
The ones that live in denial about it, and the ones that accepted the fact.
Those who live in denial will not tell you or anyone else about it, nor will they reveal it somehow, unless you are a true friend of them and you ask them directly about it.
You can be friend with him couple of years and you would never guess if he is a casual gamer or not (note to myself to check on my mates).
Those gamers are afraid or worried about what might the others think about them. Like prejudices and stuff.
They don't want to be called nerds among their friends and they want to be accepted among the circle of those around them but at the same time they won't quit the gaming which they enjoy a lot. Frankly, they don't have to tell anybody about it as long as they are fine with this arrangement.
The ones that accepted the fact that they are gamers won't think twice about speaking about it. They may irritate some people and lose some friends first, but they'll quickly gain others, more like themselves, speaking the same language. Those people will gladly reveal you the plans for the upcoming game night launch and the website with the best prices for preordering a game. They won't hide the facts but also they won't be telling it in publicity.
The common between the two:
Those people have a great amount of knowledge about games.
Although, they wont be playing any game you give them, in this case they are slightly selective and will only go to those game launches which are so huge that the president himself would be there too.
They'll be spending their evening time watching movies or reading a book or walking outside with friends, but if they might happen to have even half an hour for themselves they'll sit in front of their screen, adjust the speakers volume just so it will be heard slightly outside their room and play some games until very late.
Unlike the hardcore gamers, casual gamers are well aware of the time and space. They realize that in about 4-5 hours they'll have to go to work/school so they almost always know when to quit and get a rest but often they miss this time by telling themselves: "Just another level/mission" or "just another fight" or "until the next checkpoint". They'll always quite the game if they have something more urgent to do. They usually don't have a problem to leave the game for a better time to play it.
They probably won't be playing the same game twice. Unless is classic. And most likely they will not want to search the entire day for collectibles or beating challenges again and again to platinum the game they play. Finishing the last level, and defeating the last boss is good enough for them.
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