You Don't Know Us - ReduxAfter my original post about gamer stereotypes, I got a number of comments and e-mails from gamers telling me how much they appreciated the points I made.
As I read each, I was encouraged to hear from gamers that rail against the stupid stereotype that has been pushed upon us.
It also really got me thinking about the whole issue.
This is a big thing for me. I'm not the kind of guy who puts a lot of thought into the things that I hate.
Takes all the fun out of random hatred.
But, because I felt that gamers deserve better, I spent some time really thinking about the stereotypes we're faced with.
Let's see if you can follow along.
We'll start with the whole "all gamers are fat, 30 year old, virgin loser guys who live in their parents' basement" stereotype.
You know something funny though?
When they talk about playing online, they always start with the "12 year old moron" stereotype.
So... All gamers are 30 years old, but are also 12 year old loud mouths...
Okay, okay. They're diversifying their stereotypes. I suppose one contradiction can't be that bad.
So we're all "fat, virgin loser guys who live in their parents' basement".
Wait... Whenever anyone talks about first person shooters, they always talk about the drunken frat boy types.
So, now we're 12, 20, AND 30 year olds. And we live in a dorm AND in our parents' basement.
I'm getting confused.
But we can all agree that we're "fat, virgin loser guys", right?
Oh shit... The losers thing...
They know we have a whole sports league now, right?
And that people make millions of dollars playing and designing games?
So, we're left with "fat virgin guys".
I don't know about you, but I've had sex.
The little person running around my feet seems to be a good indicator of that fact.
Okay... So... "fat guys"...
Do we not have overweight NON-gamers?
Even assuming SOME gamers were overweight, is that somehow an isolated characteristic of our demographic?
They've got a point. You never see fat baseball or football fans.
So... What are we left with?
I suppose they got us there. We're all guys, right?
What about chick games?
You know every time they make a new Babyz or Horsez or whatever game, it's automatically stereotyped as a chick game.
Do you think a bunch of guys went out and bought all those copies of Nintendogs?
Shit. So what does that leave us with?
Not much apparently.
If you take into account all of the gamer stereotypes, we are "12, 20, AND 30 year old, possibly fat, possibly sexually active, losers with lots of money and fame, men and women who live in houses, dorms and maybe our parents' basements."
Doesn't that cover pretty much everyone on our planet?
So... the prevailing gamer stereotype is "gamers are people".
Well, would you look at that...
Apparently, if you mix enough stupid together, you get the right answer.