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Gamer Driver

Gamer Driver

DX GAMER DRIVER CLOSED STATE

Gamer Driver (closed)

KREA-Gamer Driver Opened

Gamer Driver (open)

"Gashat!"
―Rider Gashat insertion announcement[src]

"Let's Game! Metcha Game! Mutcha Game! What's your name?! I'm a Kamen Rider!"
Level 1 Transformation announcement[src]

"Let's Ride! Metcha Ride! Mutcha Ride! What's your Ride?! I'm a Legend Rider!"
Level 1 Transformation announcement (Legend Rider variant)[src]

"Gachan! Level Up! (phrase)"
Level 2 Transformation announcement[src]

"Gachan! Level Up! (phrase) A Gatcha! (phrase)"
Level 3/Level 4/Level 5 transformation announcement[src]

"Double Gashat!"
Mighty Brothers XX Rider Gashat insertion announcement[src]

"Dual Gashat!"
Gashat Gear Dual and Gashat Gear Dual β insertion announcement[src]

"Maximum Gashat!"
Maximum Mighty X Rider Gashat insertion announcement[src]

"Gatchon!"
―Lever closing announcement[src]

"Gashun!"
―Gashat removal announcement[src]

"Game Over!"
―Game Over announcement[src]

The Transformation Belt Gamer Driver (変身ベルトゲーマドライバー Henshin Beruto Gēmā Doraibā) is a transformation belt for the Ex-Aid Riders.

Design

The Gamer Driver consists of the following parts:

  • GD Hyper Module (GDハイパーモジュール GD Haipā Mojūru), a V-shaped silver data materializer installed on the top of the driver. It can materialize suits and weapons in the game area based on the data recorded on the Rider Gashat. The inside is black-boxed. Only developers can understand the basis of the system.
  • Actuation Lever (アクチュエーションレバー Akuchuēshon Rebā), the pink lever used when level up is executed. By pulling the lever, it will activate the reinforcement program written on the Rider Gashat installed. The ability of Rider will increase and new equipment will be materialized. Also, Rider can cancel the transformation by removing Gashat after closing the level.
  • High Flash Indicator (ハイフラッシュインジケータ Hai Furasshu Injikēta), a light emitting panel installed on the centre of the driver. The graphic of the installed Rider Gashat will be displayed. Also, it has the function to act as command menu and can project image into air when attacking.
  • Main Gashat Slot (メインガシャットスロット Mein Gashatto Surotto), the slot for Rider Gashat used in transformation or level up process. It can instantaneously read the data of the inserted Gashat, and automatically execute transformation programs. Also, the Gashat used for transformation is inserted in the slot closer to the centre of the driver while insert in the other driver for level up.
  • GD Updater (GDアップデーター GD Appudētā), a black data communication device installed next to the Main Gashat Slot on the driver. In order to improve the performance of the driver, it has a function to automatically transfer battle data to the data server of the development company. Also, correction patches that solve system problems will be automatically downloaded and installed.
  • Outer Guard Case (アウターガードケース Autā Gādo Kēsu), the exterior parts to protect the internal function of the gamer driver. Lightweight and high strength materials that are easy to mold and use are used, and the surface layer is coated with a coating agent which enhances water resistance, heat resistance and impact resistance. Also, a cooler unit is installed to prevent thermal runaway.
  • Fitting Bind (フィッティングバインド Fittingu Baindo), the belt part of the driver. The length of the belt is automatically adjusted according to the body shape of the Rider. Also, using the bioenergetic energy absorbed from the Rider, energy is generated to operate each system of the driver.
  • Vital Connector (バイタルコネクター Baitaru Konekutā), a black device connecting two ends of the belt on the back, also monitors the health condition of the Rider. It can determine whether the wearer is a conforming person, and activates various functions of the driver only when the wearer is recognized as a conforming person. It also has the function of measuring the physical data of the wearer and automatically adjusting the size of the suit.

Functions

Compatibility

Unsuccessful Gashat activation

Nico unsuccessfully using the Gamer Driver and the Bang Bang Shooting Gashat

Before someone can properly use the Gamer Driver, they must become a candidate by undergoing a compatibility surgery, which introduces a small sample of the Bugster Virus to their body to induce antibody production. This presumably allows them to handle the side effects of usage, which would otherwise be dangerous. When a Rider gets a game over, the body of the Gamer Driver user will disintegrate into data. Bugsters themselves are incompatible with Gamer Drivers; only users with human and Bugster data in their bodies are able to use them. This compability could be rendered invalid, although so far, Ex-Aid Maximum Gamer Level 99 is the only one who can do so.

If a normal human tries to use a Gashat while wearing the Driver, the Game Start screen will glitch and stop working, and if they have been infected with a latent Bugster virus, the infection will immediately reactivate. If a normal human tries to use a Proto Gashat while wearing the Driver, it will cause haematemesis.

Transformation

  • By inserting an active Rider Gashat into the right Gashat Slot, the user is able to transform into a Level 1 Kamen Rider.
  • By opening the Actuation Lever to reveal the High Flash Indicator projecting a transformation screen into the air in front of the Rider, a Level 1 Rider is able to level up to Level 2 by passing though the screen.
    • By quickly opening the Actuation Lever right after inserting the Rider Gashat into his Game Driver, the user will skip the Level 1 and directly transform into a Level 2 Kamen Rider.
  • By closing the Actuation Lever, a Level 2 Rider can revert to Level 1.
  • By closing the Actuation Lever after activating another Rider Gashat, a Level 2 Rider will not revert to Level 1, and the user will be able to insert the Gashat into the left Gashat Slot and reopen the Actuation Lever to level up to Level 3 by passing through the pair of projected transformation screens.
    • By inserting a second Gashat in the left Gashat Slot while in Level 1 and opening the Actuation Lever for the first time, the user is immediately taken to Level 3.
    • The same procedures for Level 3 are used to access Level 4 - Level 5 if the second Gashat is either Level 4's Ju Ju Burger and Night of Safari, or Level 5's Drago Knight Hunter Z.
    • If the Gashat's weight appearance is bulky which can only insert one to fit in the two Gamer Driver's empty transformation slots, the Rider will open the Actuation Lever to transform into their powerful form(s), the same procedures is used for Level 50 or Level 99 if the Gashat is the some of Gashat Gear Duals (original (Level 99) or β (Level 50) or Maximum Mighty X (Level 99). To perform Critical Finisher, the Rider must close and re-open the Actuation Lever.
      • Mighty Brothers XX in case, which started from Level X to transform into Level XX is different, the user require to close the Actuation Lever, then re-open it. However, it is unknown how the Level XX Rider is able to revert back to Level X, as re-closing and re-opening the Actuation Lever while in Level XX will immediately goes to Critical Strike.
        • If the user wants to use Critical Strike while in Level X without transforming to Level XX, the user must re-open the Actuation Lever Twice.
      • For original Gashat Gear Dual, which only have 1 form, Level 99, it has one more finisher besides Critical Combo and Smash, which is Critical Bomber, as the Rider requires to rotate the Gashat Gear Dual's roller before re-opening the Actuation Lever.
  • By closing the Actuation Lever and removing the Rider Gashat(s), a Level 2 or above Rider's transformation will be canceled. Similarly, a Level 1 Rider can also cancel their transformation by removing the Gashat. This possibly means that a Kamen Rider cannot perform a Critical finisher while in Level 1 without using an additional Gashat.
  • When a Rider's Rider Gauge is critically low, Gamer Driver's protection function will automatically eject the inserting Gashat to cancel the transformation and preserve their life. This function, however, can be prevented by the Rider themselves, or by the Deadly Jammer of Zombie Gamer.

Playable Games

The Gamer Driver has a list of playable games corresponding to the Rider Gashats. When a game's victory condition is fulfilled, typically by defeating the Bugster born from that game's data, a projection from the belt states "Game Clear!" over the corresponding image of the Gashat (the Gashat itself needs not be the one used to defeat its corresponding Bugster). The Gamer Clear count is independent from the Rider who cleared it, as when a Rider clears a Game, other Riders' previously cleared Games are also shown as Clear. The only exception was a production error in episode 3, where after Snipe cleared Bang Bang Shooting, none of the other games were labeled as cleared. The overall "Game Clear" count was also kept track of through a screen in Kuroto Dan's office at Genm Corp.

After the 10 games were cleared, however, "Game Clear!" is still announced upon the defeat of a Bugster, though without the projected list of game titles. This seems now to simply indicate that a battle has been won and no longer relates to the Gashats being used, as there is no longer a connection between the Gashat involved and the Bugster defeated (excepting Ju Ju Burger and Burgermon). As such, the specific Gashat games themselves no longer seem to be "cleared" by defeating a Bugster with them, as it wasn't that game's data the Bugster was born from.

Stage Select

By pressing the button on the Kimewaza Slot Holder without any Gashat inserted in it, the gamer can choose one location from an offered list. This completely rewrites the Game Area, literally teleporting all participants to another battlefield, even pulling in people not present at the location where the function is triggered from. This could be used to expand the fighting area, as well as to protect the original location from being damaged. Clearing a game will return the players to their original location, and being blasted out of a transformation with enough power can "eject" individual players.

  • A modern, bright city.
  • A racetrack.
  • A dark city at night.
  • A blue sky.
  • A beach.
  • A lake surrounded by trees.
  • A millitary shooting area.
  • A scrapyard.
  • A forest.
  • A dried lake.
  • A town square.
  • A hangar.

Selectable Characters

After inserting a Rider Gashat, Riders select their armor from a spinning array of ten profile images, below ordered in counterclockwise as seen from above. It is possible that the forms the Rider could use are independent of the active Rider Gashat, and the gamer can choose his favorite character from the set list before the transformation begins, but this concept has yet to be explored onscreen and is thus unconfirmed.

  • Ex-Aid Action Gamer Level 1
    • Also used to access Ex-Aid Maximum Gamer Level 99
  • Brave Quest Gamer Level 1
    • Also used to access Brave Fantasy Gamer Level 50
  • Snipe Shooting Gamer Level 1
    • Also used to access Snipe Simulation Gamer Level 50
  • Lazer Bike Gamer Level 1
  • Grayed Ex-Aid Action Gamer Level 1, yet to be used
    • May be intended to be Proto Ex-Aid, but differs from Genm because Genm uses a purple Proto Mighty Action X Gashat, while all other Proto Gashats are black, meaning this might be selected if a black Proto Mighty Action X Gashat (if it indeed exists) were used.
  • Proto Brave Quest Gamer Level 1, yet to be used
  • Proto Snipe Shooting Gamer Level 1, yet to be used
  • Proto Lazer Bike Gamer Level 1, yet to be used
  • Two generic silhouettes with question marks
    • The one next to the colored Ex-Aid changes into Ex-Aid Double Action Gamer Level X when Emu first transforms into said form. After being revealed, it appears in all Riders' available profiles (though it was missing by production error in several later episodes).
    • The same silhouette had previously changed into Ex-Aid Ghost Gamer Level 1, though it may be the case that any Legend Rider Gashat temporarily occupies one of the blank slots when used.

Kuroto Dan's Gamer Driver also comes with a unique selectable character located between Lazer Level 1 and the grayed Ex-Aid image, his character list in turn including only one blank silhouette image instead of two.

  • Genm Action Gamer Level 1
  • When Genm uses the Magic The Wizard Gashat, his list is missing Genm Action Gamer Level 1, instead including Genm Wizard Gamer Level 1 (showing Wizard himself instead of a Level 1 form) replacing the blank slot next to Ex-Aid.

Kimewaza Slot

Main article: Kimewaza Slot Holder

By inserting a Rider Gashat into the Kimewaza Slot (it needs not be the Gashat used for the transformation), a Rider can trigger a Critical Strike finisher based on that Gashat after pressing the button next to the slot twice.

Of note, Genm inserting the Shakariki Sports Gashat into the Kimewaza Slot without pressing the button summoned the Sports Gamer bicycle in his initial debut.

History

The Gamer Drivers, along with the Rider Gashats, were created by Kuroto Dan, CEO of Genm Corp. as a countermeasure to the Bugsters after the occurrence of Zero Day.

Damaged Gamer Driver

Damaged Driver

more to be added

Users (chronological order)

User Kamen Rider Episode Obtained Description
Kuroto Dan
Kamen Rider Genm
Pre-series The inventor of the Gamer Drivers, Kuroto Dan used one himself to further his own agenda by interfering in the battles between the Kamen Riders and the Bugsters. Shortly after dropping his facade to the Kamen Riders, Dan retired his Gamer Driver in favor of the Buggle Driver, having used the data of his own death to revive and complete the Dangerous Zombie Gashat.

In 2017, Emu uses Maximum Mighty X Gashat to render Kuroto powerless by removing the Bugster virus sample completely. In the same time, Kuroto is killed by Parad when he take the Gashacon Bugvisor and Dangerous Zombie Gashat to kill him, and take over Kuroto's Kamen Rider Chronicle project.

Taiga Hanaya
Kamen Rider Snipe
Pre-series (1st)
Another Prodigy with No Thank You? (2nd)
Kuroto Dan gave him a Gamer Driver and Rider Gashat in 2011, but then he lost it due to "medical mistakes" involving his defeat by the hands of a powerful Bugster known as Graphite and the death of the said Bugster's host Saki, leading Taiga quits CR for their reprimand treatment towards him afterwards.

However, after watching Ex-Aid's first battle, he bought a new one from Genm Corp. again in 2016.

Temporarily stolen by Nico Saiba, along with the Bang Bang Shooting Gashat, before he got it back.

Kiriya Kujo
Kamen Rider Lazer
An Operation Called Dash! (pre-series) He obtained his Gamer Driver and Rider Gashat in 2013 after a conversation with Kuroto Dan, exchanging them for his silence to the public regarding Zero Day.

Killed by Kuroto in 2016, before giving his Gamer Driver and Bakusou Bike Gashat to Emu.

He possesses a manifestation of a Gamer Driver along with his own Gashats during his various re-appearances in the Game World.

Hiiro Kagami
Kamen Rider Brave
I'm a Kamen Rider! (pre-series) He has already been in possession of one for an unknown period of time of up to 5 years after the death of his girlfriend Saki Momose during that Zero Day, as seen in Episode 1.
Emu Hojo
Kamen Rider Ex-Aid
I'm a Kamen Rider! A Gamer Driver is given from Kyotaro Hinata to Asuna Karino, originally meant for the "genius gamer" simply known as "M".

Later it was taken by Emu Hojo, who revealed he is actually M.

His Gamer Driver is destroyed by Kuroto in 2017, though he later uses Kiriya's Driver as a replacement.

Parad
Kamen Rider Para-DX
(Perfect Knock Out Gamer Level 99)
We're Me!? Parad takes Kuroto's Gamer Driver for his own use, being able to use it after he gained Emu's human genes from Ex-Aid's reprogramming ability.

Notes

  • To reflect the video game motif, a Rider's initial transformation shows their "profile thumbnail image" being selected from an array of every Rider, initially including grayed-out spaces of yet unseen Riders referencing characters in a game yet to be unlocked.
  • Gamer Driver creator Kazuo Funaki wanted to "evoke a sense of nostalgia" for older gamers and fans of Kamen Rider by modeling the driver after consoles and cartridges from the 8 and 16-bit era of video games. He also wanted to evoke "fun" as games back in the 1980s were more like toys and he feels that modern games "have somehow lost their sense of fun" as they began catering to older gamers in the disc game era.[1]
  • Following the Sengoku Driver, the Gamer Driver is the second main Neo-Heisei Rider Belt that does not contain the name of its series' protagonist, and the first to not contain any character's name, "Sengoku" coming from that belt's inventor, Professor Ryoma.
    • Unlike the Sengoku Driver, the Gamer Driver has no modifications to raise stats outside of utilizing more powerful Gashats. The Gashats themselves can be used in a different Driver if their compatibility with said Driver is more ideal or used separately from a Driver.
  • The "central screen" design of the Gamer Driver resembles the Fourze Driver's own Status Monitor.
  • The functionality is similar to the Zecters from Kamen Rider Kabuto in many ways.
    • The first form given after using the Driver is a deformed version of the Rider's primary fighting form.
    • The lever can be flipped to the opposite side to change from the deformed version to the primary fighting form.
  • Since one who becomes a Kamen Rider must undergo a compatibility surgery, this reference might be inspired by the Showa Riders, especially Kamen Rider 1.
    • Emu is an exception since he was the original contractor of the virus prototype. Surviving the infection allowed his body to naturally produce antibodies to the virus and gave him compatibility with the Gamer Driver without said surgery.
    • Also, given the fact that it needs the human users to be injected with a sample of a Bugster Virus harkens to the Rider Belts (except SB-333B Delta Driver) of Kamen Rider 555, which requires human users to have Orphnoch DNA to their genetic makeup.
      • Coincidentally, both the main user for the Faiz Belt and Ex-Aid do not need artificial augmentation to use their transformation devices as their genetic makeup naturally possesses the necessary element, with Takumi already an Orphnoch and Emu's virus sample embedded into his DNA.
  • Dual-type Rider Gashats and Legendary Riders Rider Gashats are the only Gashats to have different insertion sound.

References

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