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Default Power Gamers are they Myth or Fact?

So after reading the thread about Gaming and Hobby players it got me to think.
Are there really power gamers or are they people that are just really tough opponents. It wasn't to long ago that just about anything got you labeled as "cheesy" now certain things get you labeled a power gamer.

What do you think is a power gamer? Are they the scum of the earth or just tough opponents that make you try hard and use tactics and skill to beat them?


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well I don't think a powergamer is someone that uses a competitive list. I think it;s more someone who goes to a LGS or tournament or any game with the attitude " I'm not here to make friends, I'm here to win"
Like I run fairly competitive lists but I'd joke around the whole time, makign the game a much more relaxed environment and making it more enjoyable(Playing porn music when a tanks rear armour get's penetrated etc)


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Personally, I've always considered a "power gamer" someone who is constantly playing. Could almost consider them addicted. Way back when, when my (then) group played Mordheim, we were "power gamers". We'd play all day saturday and even some sundays. Game after game after game. We'd stop for a burger king run, bring the food back, and play as we ate. Or, better yet, we'd order pizza so we didnt have to stop! lol. Was alot of fun, hope that when I start playing 40k (still just painting and collecting atm) that I find a group as fun as they were.
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power gamers do exist, and they are nothing more than scum, most competitive players are usually bad enough, having to listen to them preach the gospel of every codex being useless, criticizing your lists to the point you may as well just become there twin they make so many changes to it.

but power gamers, or WAAC gamers (usually the same people) I cannot stand at all, ignorant, usually quite dumb, cheating little gits, who only argue over stupid rules, and stretch every rule to the limits to gain even the slightest advantage over someone else.

they are people you try to avoid, but never fully can, and there all you practically bump into these days inside GW's, picking on the new kids to inflate there ego, so they can gloat over how amazing they are over on 40k forums.

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I tend to consider myself a competitive gamer and I have no problem with power gamers if they follow the rules. There is nothing wrong with wanting to win, I hate to lose. Now what I do have a problem are ass holes.

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I have no problem with power gamers if they follow the rules.
if they follow the rules, then there not really power gamers, not following the rules is sort of the point of being a power gamer

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I have one of these Power Gamers at my LFHS. At least I classify him as a Power gamer, because he stretches all of the rules to his advantage always. Not to mention makes lists that are the most over powered lists possible.

The most recent game I had with this guy, he said he made up a 'fun' list with his guard with lots of infantry and very little armor. Since he said fun list I decided to make a fun list (foots logging eldar as I thought mech eldar would just be too strong as a fun list) as well. Turns out his fun lists armor was all Valkrys, Baskilists and a Manticore. And he stretched the rules so much that by turn 2 I was nearly wiped off the board and the whole time he was just smiling stupidly saying "wow my fun list is kicking your ass and you are doing this and this wrong"... after the game, I just wanted to stomp him for being such an ass hole.

That is what makes a power gamer in my eyes, some one who plays really competivietly, but is also a huge ass hole / duesh bag in the process.
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if they follow the rules, then there not really power gamers, not following the rules is sort of the point of being a power gamer
People who don't follow the rules are cheaters.

I always thought that power gamers were people who picked the best army they could and used every advantage within the rules to win, and this was their only objective.

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People who don't follow the rules are cheaters.

I always thought that power gamers were people who picked the best army they could and used every advantage within the rules to win, and this was their only objective.
thats a competitive gamer, at least they do follow the rules, power gamers don't follow the rules and make a competitive list harder to beat because of them not following the rules, or stretching them to a stupid point, or interpreting them to gain there own advantage, while the general consensus is opposite to theres (which in my book is basically cheating)

if someone doesn't follow the rules in a blindingly obvious manner and usually has a shitty 2 dimensional army (like a gunline in fantasy) thats a cheater

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Stretching is not breaking. Power gamers and cheaters are different things. A competitive gamer is like a power gamer in that they attempt to be as powerful as possible but they don't stretch the rules.
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