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How To Tell If You're A REAL Gamer Or Just A Poser Pretending To Be One

By Jodi Smith | Social Media | April 4, 2019 |

By Jodi Smith | Social Media | April 4, 2019 |


Yesterday, as I finished Borderlands 2 for the umpteenth time and began yet another new game with Gaige, I thought to myself, “Am I a real gamer?” The same self-doubt crept back into my mind while running from the law after accidentally stealing a horse in Red Dead Redemption 2 (When I checked the horse’s information, it said Morgan, so you can see where I was confused!) Thank the Twitters that some anonymous man — I guarantee it is a man — helped me figure it all out:

Well damn. Here I thought beating the original Super Mario Bros on the original Nintendo and continuing to game after that made me a gamer. I was so, so wrong. If you, like me, were confused about your status as a gamer or a lamer, the rest of the Pajiba Staff and I came up with some guidelines to help you along.

Tori: Well by MY metrics, unless you agree that Portal is the best game in the world, you’re no gamer, SON.

Steven: If you didn’t spend the summer of 1991 playing Civilization 12 hours a day every day, you’re not a real gamer in my book.



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Tori: Real gamers get all the red bricks in a LEGO game, fight me.

Petr: REAL gamers did that exploding Lara cheat in Tomb Raider 2 repeatedly, not because they were weird and wanted a nude Lara but damn cos it was hilarious watching her explode mid-flip.

Jodi: REAL gamers have the Contra cheat code tattooed on their pubis.

Steven: Only real gamers understand:


Petr: Pretty sure the only way to measure a real gamer is if they fly into an apoplectic rage when they hear anything that sounds even somewhat similar to the Duck Hunt dog’s laugh.

Jodi: You aren’t a real gamer unless you’ve thrown and busted a controller from every platform, right TK?

Tori: Real gamers know the most important part of Breath of the Wild is the cooking (oh god… the fucking cooking…)

Jodi: Real gamers fuck every known alien species in Mass Effect…ON ONE PLAYTHROUGH. REAL gamers wear diapers while completing a Final Fantasy game over the course of a very smelly month.

Petr: Real gamers spend a long, long, LONG time racing, breeding, and searching for treasures with chocobos.

Tori: I judge people who don’t make “but then I took an arrow to the knee” jokes. A real gamer will have somehow completed every puzzle in this monstrosity:


There you have it. Are you a real gamer or just a posing poser who poses?

Image sources (in order of posting): 20th Television/Meme, Rockstar, Thekla Inc