User and Player

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User

The human operator on the other side of the screen. Gives the input, does the thinking and is willing to spend some time on your product. Respect the user.

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Player

The user’s presence in the digital environment. This can be a singular entity (a character or avatar), a more general presence in control of multiple things or a completely abstract notion much like a reader of a book.

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Playing

The preferable verb for describing the consumption of interactive digital media. It is not solely applicable for games as toys and instruments can also be played with so why not interactive media in general as well?

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