I've been a gamer since I was 8.My first console was the Playstation 2 followed by my purchase of an Xbox 360 in 2009. And then a Playstation 3 in 2010.I live in Pakistan where original ( unpirated ) games are extremely expensive as well as hard to find. Most of the game retailers sell pirated DVDs which may or may not work. My favourite games in include the assassin's creed games, rocksteady's batman games,grand theft auto series, Mass effect series, both the dragon age games,Uncharted series and Sleeping dogs.
So yes I hail from the Asian country called Pakistan and am about to inform you of my homeland's Gaming Culture which kind of does not really exist. You see Pakistan is a very poverty stricken country and more than half of it's population doesn't have access to permanent homes let alone platforms to play video games on. And a great portion of the population which is economically stable views gaming as something young children do. So an extremely small percent of Pakistan's population actually plays games. Now Pakistan's gamers can be divided into three types The Zoner, The Kid and The Actual Gamer. Let us have an in depth look at all these types.
The Zoner is the kind of person who spends most of his type in the poorly equipped gaming zones ( I think you people call them lounges ) playing CoD with his school mates while abusing each others' mothers and the such. The Zoner doesn't care or know about any other game or platform and will refer to CoD as MOHAA. This is because Medal of Honor Allied Assault ignited the multiplayer shooter craze in Pak and the zoners still think they're playing an "advanced" version of MOHAA. Pakistan has a very few gaming tournaments where you actually win something so the Zoner only plays to kill time and not to earn something or prove his skill. The Zoner's poor knowledge of gaming is also reflected by the fact that if he's playing a single player first person shooter he will ALWAYS call it IGI and argue with you if you try to correct him. But it's also to be noted that The Zoner will hardly ever play a single player game.
The kid is the type of gamer who's parents bought him a PS2 sometime in his childhood and he doesn't recognize the fact that the next Playstation is out. Even if he does he will definitely argue that the PS2 is better. The Kid might also have a PS3 but if he does he'll say things like : I played HALO and Gears of War on my PS3 and won't agree that HALO isn't on PS3. The Kid will also say things like:
1: I played Assassins Creed 5 on my PS3
2: God Of War 4 is Awesome
3: I Just got a PS4 or even PS5
4: Call of Duty's campaign is awesome
The Kid doesn't know about things like online multiplayer,platform exclusives and generally about games. But that does not mean he will be willing to be corrected. In Fact he will argue to his death saying THAT HE HAS PLAYED UNCHARTED 5 and would show if he hadn't lost the game.
Than There is the actual gamer. The actual gamer is pretty much defined by the name. He knows about websites like Dtoid and keeps up to date with Gaming news. He also likes to show off his gaming knowledge often recommending good games to clueless customers in shops
In the next part I will be discussing the gaming shops in Pakistan
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