Tuesday, September 16, 2008

You Don't Know Us

I've been thinking a lot lately about gamer stereotypes.

Recently, as several MMORPG stories hit the news circuit, our community came under focus. This, of course, lead them to reference several gamer stereotypes.

No, I'm not talking about girl gamers. Everyone knows those don't exist.

I'm talking about the idea that all gamers are fat, ugly losers who live in their parents' basements and have never seen a girl.

Every other sentence in most of those articles made some trite and shallow comment about the pathetic loner gamer type.

Am I saying that these people don't exist? No.

I am quite sure that yes some of these people exist.

I am quite certain that some gamers, were they actually able to get a date, would no doubt try to impress the poor woman with their +7 Wand of Eralim's Might.

That might be a euphemism. I haven't decided if I'm that witty yet.

So, yeah, I will concede that these people do actually exist.

But do these people constitute the majority of gamer culture? Oh hell no.

That would be like saying every baseball fan wears clown wigs and holds up signs saying John 3:16.

At least I don't play vidjeo games, right?

Do you think that's a fair assessment of baseball fans? Of course not.

That would be retarded.

It is, however, perfectly acceptable to assume that all gamers are overweight virgin losers.

Do you know why that's acceptable?

Because it lets them feel safe.

It lets people feel safe knowing that that guy who was smarter than you in school is nowhere near as awesome as you believe yourself to be.

Oh, someone plays video games. That means they could never be as cool as you, right?

Right?

Let's completely forget the fact that video games are a multi-billion dollar business.

Let's completely forget the fact that video games have become a major part of main stream media.

Yeah, gamers are all dorks and geeks.

You totally got us.

See, the problem is that these people can't even fathom the idea that gamers might just be regular people.

They certainly can't imagine the idea that we run shit.

It's just beyond the scope of their limited imaginations.

As they live their small lives, their uncreative lives, the only thread they can hold on to is that they must be better than someone.

Gamers make an easy target.

Obviously if they don't understand video games, they mustn't be cool.

So, they throw their slurs and make their little jokes. They talk about gamers being fat and ugly, being pathetic and sad.

That lets them wake up in the morning and not put a gun in their mouth.

Because we aren't. We're more.

We have lives. We have families.

We're people.

18 Comments:

At 7:05 PM, Blogger relmmagus said...

/teardrop, /salute

 
At 7:23 PM, Blogger Nymph said...

<3

"No, I'm not talking about girl gamers. Everyone knows those don't exist"

 
At 7:58 PM, Blogger Caramis said...

*holds lighter up in air wavin it back n forth*

fat.. k

geek / dork.. k

i can live with those..

but, own my own house, married.. somewhat middleclass job..

meh.. why bother even tryin to explain?

 
At 8:52 PM, Blogger Matchre said...

No girl gamers, eh?

What about Susan?

...

Somethin' you not telling us, Dave?

 
At 8:59 PM, Blogger David said...

I personally find it amusing how many people refuse to acknowledge that they themselves play video games.....

Yeah, it's often Crazy Guy Who States The Obvious Football.

 
At 9:10 PM, Blogger Will said...

yeah only geeks and dorks play video games.
thats why on tv they showed madden tournaments. and speaking for on madden (however RPGs, let alone MMORPG's are much better) the winner of these makes a good sum of money.

 
At 10:38 PM, Blogger Adam said...

On a slightly related note...

http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/fail-owned-wow-stereotype-fail.jpg?w=500&h=369

 
At 4:01 AM, Blogger Chris said...

Amen, Dave. Amen.

 
At 4:50 AM, Blogger Nymph said...

Personally, I'm kind of glad that these people believe this about us, can you imagine FFXI with them in it?!

 
At 6:31 AM, Blogger MinorAgentofChaos said...

...says the man whose wife kept interrupting their "private time" to camp spawns.

:P

 
At 12:44 PM, Blogger Vagu'Stae said...

Girl gamers don't exist?... Oh. :(
*hides in her Mog house*

 
At 3:41 PM, Blogger Beechan said...

"No, I'm not talking about girl gamers. Everyone knows those don't exist."

We're just a figment of the male gamers' imaginations!

Or we just look very mannish.

Granted I do think its quite hilarious the looks I get when I whip out my PSP or DS.

Or the retarded looks I get when I start chatting on my cell phone about the latest dynamis run I attended. As opposed to the people who are arguing with their significant others about the other woman on their phones. If you ask me THAT sounds retarded.

 
At 10:36 PM, Blogger J. Scarper said...

*salutes*

And this is why, [GM] Dave, you have your fan club.

Here's to hardcore gamers everywhere, wherever they may be, and here's also to their lives.

Long live the gaming industry!

 
At 9:10 AM, Blogger Sword said...

/holds up a lighter and waves it slowly back and forth.

By far the most patriotic thing I've ever heard (well written) from you Dave.

 
At 6:14 PM, Blogger gamergrrl said...

it boggles them..not only to learn i game..but that i am a girl,not completely unattractive..with an amazing job and did i mention i game.
a make up wearing, stiletto loving full on girl.
the fact that i am not a female galka (yes i know there are no female galka...think metaphor)begs the question why do i waste my time gaming.
perhaps to avoid idiots that ask that question.

note to the woman out there..don't say you're a gamer unless you want a lot of non gamer boys raising their eyebrows at you all suggestive like.
yeah ..right...i want you..i want you now.. is what "gamer" means.
sigh

 
At 8:47 AM, Blogger semele said...

Gamers run things? GMDave, you run...a game.

Its no more loser-ish to be a gamer than a baseball fan. Those guys are dorks, watching that boring stuff for hours. At least our pixels move around a bunch.

No use in preaching to the choir on your blog about gamers, predominately read by gamers. Lets hear more about Jormy. :)

--A girl gamer.

 
At 6:55 PM, Blogger Vince said...

I salute you. Theres nothing else i can say.

 
At 4:53 AM, Blogger Marianka said...

Soilent Green is people!

 

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