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The Gamer  
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Han Jee-Han, a normal high school student, suddenly develops a special power where his entire world is shifted into a game-like setting. He can see the power levels of people, look at the stats of a seemingly normal item, get abilities, and even level up! Follow Han Jee-Han as he discovers how to use this power, and maybe even where it came from.

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Associated Names
더 게이머
THE 게이머

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LINE Webtoon

Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.16 by LINE Webtoon (1d ago)
c.109 by MangaCow (2d ago)
v.2 c.15 by LINE Webtoon (8d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
Season 1: 86 Chapters (Complete)
Season 2: 22 Chapters (Ongoing)

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User Reviews

6 topics, 146 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1159 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.55 / 10.0
 43% (502 votes)
 22% (254 votes)
 15% (172 votes)
 9% (108 votes)
 3% (32 votes)
 2% (22 votes)
 1% (11 votes)
 1% (14 votes)
 1% (7 votes)
 3% (37 votes)

Last Updated
November 19th 2015, 7:32am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Naver Webtoon (Naver)

Licensed (in English)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #69 decreased(-1)
Monthly Pos #56 decreased(-7)
3 Month Pos #49 (No change)
6 Month Pos #46 decreased(-22)

List Stats
On 5457 reading lists
On 547 wish lists
On 60 completed lists
On 84 unfinished lists
On 433 custom lists

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Forum Posts
"Clever Protagonist" tag?? really? 327 days, 1 hours, 55 minutes ago
Novel? 434 days, 15 hours, 33 minutes ago
Harem tag 506 days, 13 hours, 40 minutes ago
The harem tag. 508 days, 23 hours, 49 minutes ago
Stop removing harem tag. 509 days, 7 hours, 34 minutes ago

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Started out good...   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by SnowDemonz
September 24th, 2015, 9:12pm
The story barely progress in 100 chapters. the Writer even apologize about it at the end of season 1 but season two come out and the same shit happen. Barely any story progression.

P.S. i think the high score is because people voted when they first just started reading this and didn't know it was gonna be a story that has no progression. If you check the date of the review you would see that most of the newer review in 2015 think it sucks.

... Last updated on October 1st, 2015, 10:09pm
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Rating: N/A
by lisp
July 27th, 2015, 12:14pm
a gamer is amazing in-person

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it was really interesting from chapter 1 - 22 no one in this world.. but as i started reading chapter 23 ..(why would a gamer say something like that?, and a "gamer" means that a person is frequently playing games even if that person is NooB..)

... Last updated on July 27th, 2015, 12:24pm
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Season 2   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by PureBloodVampire
July 9th, 2015, 1:00pm
Hmmm what should I say I think it will get pretty exiting soon but there needs to be more of a story now its 10 short and i mean short lines of text per page if you dont read it on webtoon the content i feel should me more otherwise the chapters will feel short i can read season 1 in a few hours max 12 hours but i doubt it.
The Art has improved which is good and now there is some building of the story and plot but far from what i would wish to see.
I still rate it a 10 because this is so far one of the best on going im seeing at the moment.

... Last updated on July 9th, 2015, 1:02pm
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Instant gratification with no plot   
Rating: N/A
by Mizura
April 27th, 2015, 9:46am
The Gamer basically played on instant-gratification, as the protagonist gained one cool ability after another at a ridiculous pace. Once that period of easy gains was up, however, the faults of the series became all too apparent:
  • A lack of meaningful world building. It's just there so that baddies would show up.
  • A lack of character building. The characters have no depth and are just there to serve as foil for the main character, and the female characters are especially hilarious in this respect because of how they all conform to harem stereotypes.
  • A total lack of plot. This one should have been obvious from the start. The only thing driving the series was instant gratification, and the moment it tried to squeeze in a semblance of a plot, it fell flat because of the lack of world and character building. (for example, it's painfully obvious that the protagonist helping one of the girls is just a half-assed excuse for the author to add her to his harem)

Read the start for the instant gratification, then go find something better to read when it starts to feel draggy, because it won't get any better.

... Last updated on April 27th, 2015, 9:48am
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Had potential   
Rating: N/A
by anitex
April 23rd, 2015, 4:29pm
The Gamer had such a good start and still does. I even reread it a few times waiting for the next chapter. What I loved most is that similar feeling I get when I'm playing rpgs (especially skyrim) and my character slowly becomes a badass as he/she levels up. The Gamer emulates that experience and I believe that is why it was top rated in the past. But around c.70(the quality was dropping before that chapter but I don't think it was taking away much overall) feeling drops drastically. The best way to describe it without spoiling much it is to compare it when you are watch someone right next to you play the game you want to play but they will not let you. Secondary character interaction is important but not when their conversation boils down to:
"I'm more powerful"
"No I'm more powerful"
"Ah, you are powerful but guess what? I am more powerful"
and so on and so on.
If I wanted that I would just read any generic shounen. I read this because I liked the gamer experience that I was getting through the MC. Hopefully it picks up again but for now 7/10

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lol the guy going about the harem tag in the forums was right. lmao at the ppl saying he didnt know what he was talking about. you got the classic red head tsundere, big sister type, the innocent type, the more daring type, and maybe loli with the earth elemental. You're in denial if you say this doesnt have a harem subplot.
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Time to let go...   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by bnad
April 16th, 2015, 8:47am
Kinda like Tower of God, had some serious drop in quality. My guess is, the writer didn't actually have a story in his arsenal since now the setup arc period already passed, and he's currently wasting more than 10 chapters just for 1 fight sequence with secondary character.

Like a lot of webtoon/LN writer, this author is in need of a writing class.

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drops harshly in quality   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by eScapLaY
April 2nd, 2015, 11:52am
Chapters 60-80 were so bad I dropped reading this. It had potential but is absolutely lost at this point. Both the art and the story have suffered and the author just keeps abandoning and ignoring important plot developments.

Everytime something comes up that the protagonist would be expected to investigate or have interest in the author comes up with a horribly illogical battle that drags out over several chapters. The latest battle (that made me drop the webtoon) was longer than any form of characterisation the entire series has seen.

None of the characters seem interesting. Their powers have no obvious limit so basically every problem could (and some already did) end with some form of deus ex machina. Choices made by the characters seem illogical and disconnected from reality which would be alright in a gag environment but the webtoon puts on a serious facade quite often so it just doesn't feel right.

The high ratings this series got are probably from earlier chapters where people were hopeful towards the direction of the series but right now I'd doubt it would garner anything close to a 7, even from a young audience.

... Last updated on April 2nd, 2015, 11:58am
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Really Enjoyable (Makes you want to be him)   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Opec
February 5th, 2015, 5:39am
Having a "Gamers ability" is a Dream, sadly for the unfortunate ones (us) we can only read about it biggrin

I really love how he is developing his skill sets in a balanced way, and unlike other mangas of this genre he actually utilises his abilities that he "acquired" instead of just one time clip appearance.

He is also very strong willed for a shonen male lead, who takes everything upon himself rather than depending on others. Also love the side characters especially the two girls and hope we see a future romance building up.

Gamer is Fun and Enjoyable read!

... Last updated on February 5th, 2015, 5:50am
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Good but lost in translation   
Rating: N/A
by MoJo
November 17th, 2014, 11:17am
This is a real good read, though the pacing gets slow at times. I would also recommend trying to find the original fan-made translations rather than the official ones published at LINE Webtoons. The translators at the official site don't seem to give a f*ck. The Gamer uses a lot of gaming jargon in the series which LINE W just glosses over and doesn't translate/mention. And the main character is so obsessed with gaming he gain super powers from it, how does it make sense to neuter one of the characters main traits that way? Also, I've notice comments about how they should get someone fluent in English to correct the grammar. WTF!? I'm no grammar Nazi, but that's clearly a sign of half-assed editing. I'm normally all for going the legit route, but sometimes it hard to when the publishers are clearly not as passionate about putting out a good product as the hobbyists/fans.

... Last updated on November 17th, 2014, 11:20am
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Deconstruction of Video Game Manga/Manhwa   
Rating: 7.8 / 10.0
by mystyc
October 12th, 2014, 9:24pm
"The Gamer" is ultimately a series deconstructing the current trend of the "real-life video game" genre, as seen with Sword Art Online, Log Horizon, BToom, and classics such as the .hack series. While video games are certainly fun, they are also designed to be deliberately a bit ridiculous and simplistic, as they are principally a means of escapism from our absurd and complicated reality. Unlike real life, you can choose not to play video games, but if you do choose to play, you accept a life of tedious stress, danger, and simple rewards.

The protagonist Han Jee-Han is a video game addict, and one day his everyday life arbitrarily becomes an RPG, with frequent status updates, HP, MP, and experience points; and so naturally he immediately hates it. As with many other supernatural series, each character has some "personalized supernatural power," and this is his power: he gains new supernatural abilities as though he were a character in a video game learning new skills and techniques and then leveling them up. This makes him ridiculously powerful, in theory, but in practice he is still just a noob who must contend with veterans not bound by his video game logic.
There are quests, mini-bosses, monsters, and achievement scores, but like an MMORPG the protagonist exists in a vague constant state of conflict against other "players" who make a living by hurting innocent people in a variety of creatively cruel yet profitable ways.

There is no arch-nemesis trying to take over the world, so much as there is a meaningless system that arbitrarily gives some people power over others as a matter of birthright. That probably sounds a bit crappy to you because it is essentially an allegory of our own reality, and whereas the protagonist struggles against the absurd logic of his new video game world, we too struggle against a universe where all life begins and ends with equal indifference, and where both cruelty and kindness exist only as a result of how people treat each other, regardless of whether they have supernatural powers or not.

He could choose to leave the supernatural world behind, but that would require ignoring his power and the suffering of others, and so as with real life he must continue to struggle and survive for the sake of living another day of doing more of the same, lest he decides to "end the game" in the same way our own game will one day end.
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