One Step Forward...It wouldn't be a lie to say that I spend a fair amount of my time defending gamers.
Given the generally negative stereotypes applied to my people, I find myself constantly quoting statistics and figures about how gaming culture has grown over time and entered the mainstream. We are no longer those basement dwelling social outcasts that we were long thought to be.
Have you seen a console launch lately? Have you seen droves and droves of people ready to gut their fellow man just to be the first person to call someone a &%@ing Noob on a brand new system?
That shit is mainstream, son.
We are legion. We are many.
Yet despite this new acceptance of our culture, the general population smirks at us, their self-righteous smile visible above their American Eagle popped collar.
For some reason I can't understand, it is socially more acceptable to play extreme frisbee or beer pong than it is to play some Halo.
Now, this post is not another defense of my people. Since you are reading this, you're probably one of my people, so I'd be preaching to the converted.
No, this post is about WHY they think that about us.
It has nothing to do with the games or the systems. It has nothing to do with news stories or media depictions.
It has nothing to do with you.
It's this guy.
Yup, that guy is the exact reason why everyone in the entire world looks down on gamers.
He is the very essence of their argument. He is the embodiment of everything they laugh at when they hear the word "gamer".
This man... This man is why we suffer. This man is the reason that girls look at you funny when you tell them you play video games.
Yes, you know what look I mean. That first time you were on a date with a girl you liked. You're laughing and having fun and she asked what you like to do. You said video games. Then, you watched as her face started to curl into a look of disgust. You might have just told her you molest baby kittens for the sheer revulsion you saw in her eyes.
Yeah, totally that guy's fault.
And there's nothing you can do. No amount of Professional Gaming Leagues or celebrity endorsements will stop the damage he has caused our culture.
He weeps for his WoW account.
I weep for our people.