If you're able to read and understand the written word, you're literate.

If you're able to count and understand mathematical concepts, you're numerate.

If you're able to play games and understand essential game tropes/concepts/mechanics, you're...?

Example: John could pick up and play any game without much difficulty, because he was very (game literate).

I would think the technical latin-derived equivalent would be approximately ludate, from ludus (game), which would probably be bastardized into luderate, similar to the way we do words with -aholic from alcohol, which is etymologically incoherent.

Having said all that, the words I've suggested above don't seem to exist. Is there anything else that would fit this definition?

  • Games like ... Monopoly or chess?
    – Mitch
    Commented Sep 5, 2017 at 21:27
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    I'm guessing he means video games, computer games, on-line games. (Only senior citizens like me have heard of Monopoly of Chess... except for the computer versions of those games.)
    – GEdgar
    Commented Sep 5, 2017 at 21:36

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I think the word you're looking for is, in fact, game literate (also video game literate or hyphened: game-literate). It's based on the same pattern as "computer literate". Yeah, I know you used this already in your question, but you should definitely reconsider because it's already a word people use:

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