5 Common Misconceptions About Gamers
Gaming can sometimes be seen as entertainment for outsiders. It doesn’t really have a set description that you can label it with and say that it is fact. There are many variables to take into account when you describe a gamer and there are many ways in which you can do it. It’s a vast world we have invested ourselves in and many gamers from all ends of the spectrum would always say that gaming is their passion and they might never give it up. Of course, we get people from the outside world that don’t really connect with our way of life and in turn many misconceptions arise when handling with gamers. Here are just a few of them that I have observed through my years as a gamer
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1. Gamers Are Idiots
I’ve said this many times before, but gaming is not just frivolous entertainment. There are certain popular games that can certainly be seen as such, but correlation does not imply causation. Just because there are thousands of idiots playing Call of Duty with marijuana leafs and penises on their emblems, it does not mean that every Call of Duty player is a goddamned imbecile. Some of them might be PhD students that take breaks from their research with a few matches for all you know. The point is that all gamers are not intellectual rejects just because there are a few bad apples amongst our crop. I certainly hope those bad apples would stop insulting everyone’s mother once in a while.
2. The Vocal Minority Represents The Entire Culture
We’ve all seen the comment section on a game trailer or an article that dealt with the pros and cons of a certain console. Trolls, malignant fanboys, children that have just discovered the word “faggot” and those PC gamers that always feel their opinions should be heard even if it has nothing to do with them. If you put these comment sections in front of a Fox News broadcaster then they will lose their marbles I guarantee you and might start proclaiming that gaming is the work of the devil. This is not us. Those people are only there for malicious intentions and not to provide solid discussion or rational debates. Sadly they outnumber the people that actually care about their hobby enough to give a worthwhile impression.
The thing is, most people that want to provide meaningful discussion don’t really want to. It might be because they are scared of being bombarded by all the various kinds of idiot or their comment might go unnoticed amongst the sea of “fuck you” and “Dota2 is better” comments. So the intellectuals are there, but they are just lurking. Shaking their heads at the absolute idiocy that has evolved.
3. Gamers Are Socially Devoid
Ah, the usual “he plays games thus he does not have any friends and is probably a virgin” get up. I can for certain say that such a statement is complete and utter bollocks. Gamers are just as social as the jocks of a high school rugby team, but their social group chooses to remain in the shadows. Some people like to scream at every possible moment that they have friends that can tolerate them for more than 10 seconds, but gamers don’t need to do that. They just join their chat sessions and talk about everything there can possibly be. The most heartfelt and sincere conversations I’ve had in my life were through a headset with people from all walks of life. You get clans that get together every day and have a mountain of a time that can outshine any crappy nightclub scene. The only difference is that people do not know about all this. There are no Facebook albums with pictures of an online lobby screen where the funniest shit you can imagine might have occurred.
I’ve seen a documentary on people that play MMORPGS (Second Skin for those wondering) and some of them have met their soulmates on the virtual battlefield or at the very least met the friends that they will cherish for the rest of their lives. I’ve had people in my life that shared with me some really personal details of their lives and trusted me with all their hearts, just through gaming alone. It’s a wondrous crowd to be involved in.
4. Gamers Have No Life
The usual, I like to call this one. It always strikes me as odd when people make this statement because their life isn’t that extravagant compared to a gamer’s life. Let’s look at the evidence. A person that would say such a thing would generally only do things that aren’t that important to begin with such as sport, obsess over the torque of a car and just pointless social gatherings where they get wasted out of their minds and do stupid shit. Apparently that’s what you have to do to “have a life”. On the other hand a gamer would experience vast worlds of absolutely mind blowing scale, take personal journeys, feel emotions that other people might never even experience and connect with characters on a personal and deep level. In a way, a gamer’s quality of life is much greater and more fulfilling than any generic cardboard cutout that would utter such a statement.
Also, just because I’ve played Skyrim for 200 hours, it does not mean that I don’t have a life. I’m still a walking, talking functioning member of society, but when I’m not, I play games. It’s what I do in my free time and it’s much better than saying “nm lib im bord” on Whatsapp every 3 seconds to a bunch of equally uninteresting people.
5. Gamers Are Geeks
Not all gamers fall under this stupid arbitrary label. I use the term “geek” not as the lighthearted thing that gamers like to call themselves from time to time, but the assumption that we are all obese, socially retarded people that live in their mother’s basement with glasses and tucked in shirts. Those types of gamers are actually in the vast majority and if you know a lot of gamers, almost all of them look like “normal” people. I have met guys that looked like underwear models, but have played more games than I have. There are also girl gamers that are absolutely beautiful and know the entire codex of Dragon Age: Origins by heart. It’s these types of misconceptions that really get to me. We are not some stupid made up thing that the media has implanted into our minds. We are individuals that follow a lifestyle that fulfills us in ways that people can not even imagine.
Gaming still falls under many misconceptions and false interpretations and that makes me sad. But why should we even care? We know how gaming makes us feel and if other people can’t see that then that’s their prerogative. If you have never experienced a game that made the hairs stand up on the back of your head or gave you that overpowering surge of adrenaline then you might never get it. But that’s fine. We are doing just fine without you.