[Feature] Is society prejudiced about gamers? By Charles Fuchsel

Published on February 2nd, 2014

Have you ever identified yourself as a gamer to someone you just met, and then felt the need to justify your own social skills? Do your parents, who you know care about you; tell you that you spend too much time on your games?

It is not difficult to find someone who at least owns one current next generation console in their home.  While I myself have not made the transition from the Xbox 360 to a Playstation 4 or Xbox One, I would gladly do so if I had the funds.  My parents, however, would gladly see me stop playing altogether.  For, as you see, they fail to understand that for me, gaming is a way for me to cope with stress, anger, and even anxiety and depression.

Games, to me, allow us to escape into world not our own.  We get to become the hero, or sometimes, the villain.  We feel a sense of accomplishment whenever we reach a given goal, and that thrills and excites us, and encourages us to push on to the next target or quest.  We strive to see the end of the story, to reach that next level; we hunt for that all elusive rare piece of loot, hoping against hope that when we finally gain it, we will be superior to our enemies.

It is not hard for someone who is not a gamer, looking in, to fail to understand why gaming is important to someone.   My parents, for example think that I am not getting out enough and am failing to see some of the greater things life has to offer.

I would disagree. I personally attempt to limit the amount of time I spend on gaming.  Be it that I am at work, taking a walk, going to the gym, or just simply attempting to have a good time with my friends or girlfriend by going to the movies or the mall, I do try to separate myself from gaming as much as I can so I can have an active social life.

However, gaming has its own social community which allows for interaction with others easily and without judgment.  If those without the knowledge of the gaming community were to do a basic search, they would find numerous websites like RoosterTeeth.com, IGN.COM and GameInformer.com, dedicated to the world of gaming.  They offer reviews, previews, and social commentary about current gaming trends, and allow their viewers and readers to post their own comments or questions about what is occurring in the gaming community.

You might ask, “Are gamers nerds then?” In my case, yes, but that is not to say that that will be the case with everyone you meet. I love Comics and Anime just as much as the next guy, and in some cases, the worlds of comics and anime overlap with the world of gaming.  A perfect example would be TellTale Studios and their recent releases of The Walking Dead Episodes and The Wolf Among Us.  Both are based off of highly successful comic book series, but contain their own stand alone story, so it is not required, as a gamer, to buy the original source material.

Gamers have their own dedicated stores as well, in malls and shopping centers all across the country.  GameStop, Play and Trade, even local stores, buy, sell, and trade video games, new and old.  Some stores even sell, to this day, old game systems and games to play it on.  It is even hilarious sometimes to go to my local mall and see parents with very young children attempting to steer their child away from the local GameStop because they know their child wants a specific game from the store.

What strikes me as ironic, however, is that most family members I know assume that all games are the same.   While a vast majority of games mostly involve shooting or somehow dismembering your opponent, not all of them are like that. There are plenty of games that are uplifting and cheerful.  From the joys of playing Peggle, to Plants vs. Zombies, to the joys of building your own castle in MineCraft, there are games out there that would and could appeal to everyone, be it a young child to an adventurous young adult.

The point is: everyone could be a gamer if they choose to be. My grandmother could technically be considered a gamer, as she uses the Wii Fit. There is no criterion that has to be met to consider you a gamer.  There are no membership fees or secret meetings, no board of oversight if you miss buying a specific game.

So, is there an unfair stereotype placed upon all gamers that we as a group are attempting to overcome?  There might be, but for us gamers, we will always find ways to change society’s perception of whom and what we are.  Gaming is supposed to be for your enjoyment, to help you relax.  If you need a couple of hours alone with a game to unwind, go for it. There will always be people who don’t understand your hobby but that’s okay. Just turn to your gaming brethren and hold your head and controllers high and game on.

 

A feature by Charles Fuchsel, ally of the Imperial forces and American correspondent for RP2.

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  1.  Posted by Kayte Schafle on February 3rd, 2014, 23:21 [Reply]

     Very well said Chaz!! I agree completely (: People need to understand that we are not a bunch of lazy dead beats doing absolutely nothing to contribute to society JUST because we are gamers... Thank you for writing and posting this article buddy :D <3 Your BFF Kayte

  2.  Posted by Megan Dawn Belt on February 4th, 2014, 00:51 [Reply]

     I agree. Gaming is a hobby that brings joy to people and there's nothing wrong with it when done in moderation. Good job and I look forward to reading more of your posts. :)

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