The only true way to play games, for me, and in my opinion, is to play them as efficiently as possible. Efficiency is measured by how well a player reaches the ultimate goal of the game. In Diablo III, there are two different goals I can think of: having as good a character as possible, and making as much profit from the (RM)AH as possible.
Gear and selected skills are not the only indication of a good character, but also how well a player plays that character. Because of this, the player must master the mechanics of the game and use them to his advantage. Things come down to gaining play experience by simply playing a lot, and to theorycrafting, or at the very least using the results that other players have discovered by it.
Having a good character in Diablo III can only be measured in one way: How fast the character can gather quality loot. This is the product of his killing speed, movement speed, magic find, gold find, etc., each with a certain weight factor, which I unfortunately can't give you just yet.
If I didn't make any sense, Wikipedia has a good definition for powergaming.
I play games for fun, just like everyone else — but powergaming is fun for me. Are you a powergamer?
Having a good character in Diablo III can only be measured in one way: How fast the character can gather quality loot. This is the product of his killing speed, movement speed, magic find, gold find, etc., each with a certain weight factor
Don't forget about the gigantic random factor of Diablo. If one player kills faster, moves faster, has greater MF, GF and so on, doesn't mean the character can gather quality loot faster or more efficiently.
But yes, to an extant I am a powergamer. It always feels good to get the most out of a game as you can, but then again, friendship and community and stuff tie in sometimes which is also another big part of my gaming scene.
Honestly I used to be a powergamer in a sense through WoW and just got burned out on it. Now I find myself playing games much more casually. If I get stressed out over a game or find it too difficult I'll normally find something else to play.
When I try to "powergame," I end up getting burnt out and not enjoying the game. When I just try to have fun, I have fun. Sometimes, when trying to have fun, I end up doing things similar to powergaming. So.. it really depends on what I'm trying to do.
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When I grow up, I want to be a frill-necked lizard.
Lets see, aparrently i used to be an Ungamer, because i spent most of my time tweaking my pc, not playing games.
Then i thought i was a "social Gamer" coz i would only play wow if my mates were on (it is NOT a single player game lol, at least for fun)
Now if i spend 2 weeks on diabo 3 with as little breaks as possible i thought i would be a Hardcore gamer.
Whats this power gamer bizzo?
Remember when there was just Rock, and Metal?
Imagine Aggressive Post-Punk new wave Gamers?
If i wear a Ripped denim Jacket can i be a Hair Gamer?
I am in a sense. When I used to play Baldur's Gate II Shadows of Amn in my teens, I ended up only wanting to play the most powerful heroes who could solo the game like Kensai-Mage or Sorcerer --- I sacrificed the amazing storyline and interesting interaction between the NPCs to build the perfect killing machine. And in D2 I became obsessed with trying to build the perfect hero with the perfect gear --- definitely unhealthy due to the ridiculous amount of time that takes. I'm hoping my D3 experience will be more causal, with my competitive needs being satisfied with Dota 2.
I'm a competitive gamer. When there is a legit competitive environment I will of course exploit any edge within reason, which requires basic efficiency. However in a game like Diablo 3 where the pvp will likely be a joke for a long time/always and at most a silly little ladder system for leveling which I couldn't care less about, I'll take my time, play a bit here and there with people I care to play with, sparingly meet and play with new people etc.
The kind of gamer I am... Well, I usually prefer to check out the beautiful scenery and artwork in a game than rush through it. I like to submerge myself in the story and in the world.
What does powergaming mean in practice? Are you not playing the game unless you're absolutely sure that the way you're playing is most effective, making you spend bulk of your time theoretizing about possibilities. If it's just simple like changing items for better ones as you pick them up, aren't we all doing that? Does powergaming imply unhealthy and antisocial playing habits, like repetitively grinding some boss or area, or playing in long streaks without breaks?
In practice, powergaming doesn't mean you analyse every item you pick up or calculate which skill would be the best for a particular situation, because if you can't do the analysis fast enough, you end up losing time rather than gaining it, which is against the principle of powergaming. Analysing in itself is not powergaming; it's theorycrafting. Powergaming just applies the knowledge it provides into practice.
Powergaming and socializing are not exclusive. In fact, I'm socializing while powergaming by powergaming with my friends. It requires everyone to be working towards the same goal and to do it well. Good teamwork is a requirement for co-operative powergaming.
Powergaming doesn't necessarily mean playing as much as possible, although it's one of the aspects to it. I voted "All the way!" myself, too, but it's not really all the way. I still do other things than gaming as well. I also agree it's game specific. In singleplayer games, the goal is not to beat the game as fast as possible, but to enjoy playing it, so powergaming doesn't really apply there. There needs to be some kind of a competitive environment for it. In Diablo III, we're competing who has the best characters and who makes the most profit on the AH. And for some (not me), PvP later on.