Category Archives: Gamer Profiles

We at Medium Difficulty believe that the standard language of “casual” and “hardcore” is limiting, exclusionary, and intensely problematic. We are interested in brief articles detailing the way you engage with the medium, and what draws you to it. Self analysis is a must. Possible profiles include “The Back Seat Gamer,” “The Arcade Enthusiast,” “The Flash Art Game Addict.” Help us develop a better picture of how, and why, people play games.

Gamer Profiles: The Split-screener

I don’t have a lot in common with Francis Underwood. He is the majority whip for the Democrats; I am an English major. He is known for aggressive politics and cunning stratagems; in Tic-Tac-Toe, I am known for giving up … Continue reading

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(More Than) Moving Pictures: The Importance of Emotional Engagement in Games

When I was a kid, I loved all kinds of video games. What captivated me the most, however, was sprawling, epic JRPGs such as Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy VII, and Xenogears. I was drawn into their larger-than-life … Continue reading

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Gamer Profiles: The Hardcore Dad

I have a problem. I’m 31 years old and I no longer have enough time to play games. In recent years gaming has eclipsed cinema, literature and music as my favoured medium, so I’m a little perturbed by this situation. … Continue reading

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Gamer Profiles: The Game Historian

Carly A. Kocurek I am a video game historian. I have spent hours tracking down arcade uprights for historically significant but rare games. I have pored over trade journals from the 1980s. I have played games I wish – desperately … Continue reading

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Gamer Profiles: Animal Crossing Punk

by L. Meagher-Swanson I am a 30-year-old who plays Animal Crossing. I have played every incarnation of the game so far, ever since my husband (then-boyfriend) insisted I give the GameCube version a shot a long, long while ago. The … Continue reading

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