Breaking the mould – Stereotyping “Gamer”
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Gamer has been a term around for not a long time, maybe 10 years or so when people really started to become proper dedicated gamers and the industry started to boom. The term is quite a condescending one I think, most people assume a gamer is a fat, smelly nerd who lives in his parent’s basement and has no friends; maybe this was what a “gamer” was back when the term was conceived but even then I think it’s very judgmental of people to think that of somebody. Gaming is such a big part of a gamer’s life; it’s almost a lifestyle choice as you dedicate hours upon hours every week to the thing we love. People assume we have no social life but this is completely wrong with the plethora of social games today and more multiplayer games than I will to shake a stick at, people cannot call gamers anti-social as they are on average communicating with more people than the average person and these people are all from around the world with different experience, knowledge and ways of life but one thing bring them all together and unites them, games.
The majority of gamers I have met in my life time are extremely smart and ambitious and usually achieve throughout their lifetime. Studies have shown games improve people’s hand eye coordination and I would argue that it improves a lot more, such as team work, leadership, foresight, individual thinking and just overall intelligence. A game like StarCraft 2 takes extreme skill and speed to play and keep up with other players these skills gained in this game could easily be transferred to the workplace and other aspects of life and improve a person altogether.
Gamers usually have a large group of friends and even if their idea of a good Friday night in is playing an RPG with a group of friends and a couple of beers till 4 in the morning, who is anyone to tell them that this is wrong and that they should be out on the town and in the clubs? At the end of the day they are enjoying their life with friends and family and that’s how they like it, so why should the majority of society try and put a person down because they love games. No one would put a person down for watching endless TV soaps and what does that person gain from that? NOTHING!!! That is the answer; at least a gamer is constantly improving themselves as a person and a player and usually their brain doesn’t have any down time as they are usually thinking about every angle a situation could be tackled from.
When someone asks what hobbies a gamer has they usually can’t answer anything back because their only hobby is gaming, they love playing games, talking about games and generally anything to do with games. My whole life I have lived with games, I play them every day, I can’t do anything without thinking about them and I find most things tedious or boring after a while, say what you want about gamers but they are people too and extremely intelligent ones at that who have booming social lives and great life prospects if they apply themselves.
People stereotype gamers without a second thought but if they truly looked into a gamer’s life and tried to understand how they think then they would realise they their stereotype isn’t correct at all.
Post any thoughts in the comments of your experiences with stereotyping “gamers” or just anything in general to do with this subject, I would love to hear.