Why do people think mobile gamers aren’t real gamers, even though the definition of a gamer is someone who plays video games? What about the games that people play that aren’t video like sports, board games, cards etc.?

Original question: Why do people think mobile gamers aren’t real gamers, even though the definition of a gamer is someone who plays video games? What about the games that people play that aren’t video like sports, board games, cards etc.?

The meme/stereotype/whatever you want to call it of mobile games not being real games, or mobile gamers not being real gamers, is a lot simpler than you think.

Almost as simple as mobile games themselves.

See, the mobile games of today were designed with a few things in mind. Be free, or at the very least inexpensive, to download. Have some kind of digital currency that you can either grind for hours to get a small amount of or pay huge amounts of real money to get, and then lock most of the game behind these currencies. Among other things, these two traits make up the fundamental design of mobile games.

With these in mind, developers eventually found out that free games with lots of in-game purchases made way more money than $60 games with no DLC. They also found out that they could put less effort into their games on mobile than their console and computer companions.

Mobile games were designed to be short time wasters you spend money on infinitely. Console and computer games were designed to have you sink hours into them at a time. The two areas are fundamentally different.

If someone, say, has an Xbox with Call of Duty or Halo, and they call themselves a gamer, they aren’t wrong.

If someone has a Nintendo Switch with Super Mario or even Doom, and they call themselves a gamer, they aren’t wrong.

If someone has a PS4 for their Uncharted or Spider-Man, but also has an iPhone with Genshin Impact, they’re a gamer.

If someone only has an iPhone or Android or whatever, and plays Fortnite or Candy Crush or whatever, technically they’re a gamer, but they’re a different kind of gamer.

In terms of fun, it’s up to personal preference which game is the best for you. However, at their core, console or PC games are by definition “better” because they have more content, more gameplay hours, you name it. Because of this, console/PC gamers believe that people who only play mobile games can’t truly identify with them. They’re on another plane of existence. Sure, they count as “games” but mobile games are drastically different than the big screen games we’ve come to know and love.

Wrapping it up, I’d like to clarify that I have no beef with mobile gamers. To each his own.

Well, I hope this all sums it up.

EDIT: A comment brought something to my attention, so I’ll address it.

When mobile gets ports of console/PC games, the difference between mobile and console games lessens. These ports are different from regular mobile games — at least the wildly successful ones. People who identify as a mobile gamer, and nothing else, don’t usually play these games. That’s another reason why console/PC players “tease” mobile gamers. However, ports of Minecraft or any other big name game to mobile, that plays well, is definitely respectable enough.

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