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Reggie says: Everyone's a gamer

For those of us who live and breathe video games, it's easy to take an elitist standpoint and scoff at the casual gamer. In case you couldn't tell by now, though, Nintendo doesn't adhere to that philosophy.

In a recent conference, NoA's president Reggie Fils-Aime said, "[Our message is] that everyone's a gamer. Whether it's bringing joy and happiness to mothers and fathers as they experience Wii for the first time playing Wii Bowling or Wii Tennis, or whether it's bringing a game like Nintendogs to a fifteen or sixteen year old girl who has a puppy that responds only to her voice. That passion is what's driving us, and that passion to be part of shaping the future is really why we're here."

Whether you agree with Nintendo's school of thought or not, the company's way of thinking has certainly helped put it on top this year.

DS Daily: With and without

At this point, after months of insane sales, it seems like everyone must have a DS by now -- but that isn't the case. This morning, what we want to discuss is who you know with a DS and who you don't. Now, we're not looking for you to profile every single person you know, but rather, just give us some generalities. Do many of the gamers you know carry around a DS? What about typically non-gaming folks? The DS has attracted a lot of nontraditional owners, after all. What's the breakdown among people you know?

DS Daily: Out in the open

Sure, a lot of people who commute take handhelds along with them, because there's really no better way to keep your mind occupied while on the train or the bus. But aside from that, do you play your DS much while you're out in public? It can be a nice diversion while waiting at the doctor's office, or if you arrive early at the movies, for instance, and we've known folks who took their DS or DS Lite along to work for a little lunch-hour gaming. But how about you? We've established that it's totally okay to game out in the open ... but do you?

DS Daily: How did you get started?

Once upon a time when we were smaller than we are now, there was a movie theater nearby that had an arcade, and it was there that we got started gaming. Many an afternoon (and a fortune in quarters) disappeared in those dark corners. Later, when we got our original NES, that same joy moved to the living room, and it was a family affair. Some of that continues even to this day, as the mother unit keeps trying to jack the Wii since she can't find her own.

But we didn't always game. There were lapses in our interest and years when we did other things. Only now, in adulthood, has a true love of gaming flowered, a love that was born (for this blogger) with the N64 and the Playstation. But how has it been for you? Where (and how) did you get started? What's influenced your taste and habits as a gamer?

DS Daily: Is it 'okay' to be a gamer?

There was an interesting question posted yesterday over on big daddy Joystiq and we're bringing it over because we want to know what you think. These days, it is completely acceptable, generally, to be a gamer? Are certain levels of gaming preferable? And if we have experienced a major shift in attitudes, then what's caused it? Is it now "okay" to be a fanboy because geek is the new cool ... or because gaming has simply become more accessible for all types of people?

We feel this is a particularly interesting question to pose to handheld enthusiasts, because of the widespread success of the DS. So let us know what you think!

[Image, and shirt, from ThinkGeek.]

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