Gamer's stigma.

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    Jun 07, 2011 10:54 PM GMT
    Not really sure where to put this, so I figured this section may be appropriate.

    I'm one of those hardcore gamers, I mean, I'm probably going to make a living off of it, so I should be.

    I feel like when I tell people that I play videogames, the stereotype just flows in. Especially when I'm more of a Japanese fan.

    I mean, people aren't really mean about it or anything, but you kind of feel the way that they somewhat assume that you are just on your butt all day.

    RJ probably isn't really a community to find people who can appreciate videogames for all their true worth, but I just wonder how people really see gamers? Are we all really just couch potatoes in the eyes of others?

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    Jun 07, 2011 11:05 PM GMT
    Why do all the gamers claim they're going to make a living at it? You're not the first I've heard it from and none of them have two nickels to rub together but always seem to find money for the next new game and all the candy they can eat.. Do you eat a lot of candy? .
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    Jun 08, 2011 3:02 AM GMT
    Semitransparency saidNot really sure where to put this, so I figured this section may be appropriate.

    I'm one of those hardcore gamers, I mean, I'm probably going to make a living off of it, so I should be.

    I feel like when I tell people that I play videogames, the stereotype just flows in. Especially when I'm more of a Japanese fan.

    I mean, people aren't really mean about it or anything, but you kind of feel the way that they somewhat assume that you are just on your butt all day.

    RJ probably isn't really a community to find people who can appreciate videogames for all their true worth, but I just wonder how people really see gamers? Are we all really just couch potatoes in the eyes of others?



    Eh I can feel you on the stigma aspect, I generally don't bring it up when I first meet guys; but generally comes out that I waste a few hours every now and than on games. I used to spend 8+ hrs a day playing em, and so I'm always embarrassed to admit that fact. Hell I'm even guilty of watching MLG events and korean starcraft haha.

    There is definitely a potential to make a living playing video games, but it's sort of similar to becoming a professional athlete in a sport. Millions of people will aspire of have that dream, but it only happens for the minority of people and unless you are amazingly good at whatever game it is you play, dont rely on that as a sole source of income. I knew one of the guys who played competitively(MLG finals etc) in WoW, but he had a real job on top of making money through playing the game.
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    Jun 08, 2011 3:11 AM GMT
    I have been gaming a long time and I have never met anyone, even at the higher echelons, that was able to make a stable living from just gaming and only gaming. Most subsidize with waiter-ing, washing dishes, or mommy and daddy.

    It is just good, satisfying recreation when you are off the clock to pick up Pokemon or a controller for PS.3 or Xbox360.

    Probably not enough of an elite gamer since I have a day job where I am unplugged. But enough of a gamer that it is one of my "pre-screening" questions to a potential suitor about what they play, how many hours per week, and what they are comfortable with in a mate.
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    Jun 08, 2011 3:17 AM GMT
    *Hacking. Cough.*

    Oh, and beneful1, while it is true that video game TESTERS do not make a lot of money compared to other jobs in the field, people in the computer science areas typically, including the gaming industry, make quite a hefty sum for a salary. I'm planning on going into the industry myself, and if what the news tells me is true, it's only going to keep growing. Assuming my job isn't outsourced to India. ¬¬
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    Jun 08, 2011 3:44 AM GMT
    beneful1 saidWhy do all the gamers claim they're going to make a living at it? You're not the first I've heard it from and none of them have two nickels to rub together but always seem to find money for the next new game and all the candy they can eat.. Do you eat a lot of candy? .


    Sorry, maybe you didn't understand what I said. I'm not going to play video games for a living, I'm going into the development of video games. In case you are too close-minded to actually know anything about it, it's a growing industry that is very much on par with the movie industry these days.
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    Jun 08, 2011 3:46 AM GMT
    colboy saidYou're gay. Aren't you used to dealing with stigmas and stereotypes?


    I feel as though people are much more forgiving of gay people, at least, from my own personal experiences. Guess I just have great friends...
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    Jun 08, 2011 3:50 AM GMT
    SoCalScotty said
    Semitransparency saidNot really sure where to put this, so I figured this section may be appropriate.

    I'm one of those hardcore gamers, I mean, I'm probably going to make a living off of it, so I should be.

    I feel like when I tell people that I play videogames, the stereotype just flows in. Especially when I'm more of a Japanese fan.

    I mean, people aren't really mean about it or anything, but you kind of feel the way that they somewhat assume that you are just on your butt all day.

    RJ probably isn't really a community to find people who can appreciate videogames for all their true worth, but I just wonder how people really see gamers? Are we all really just couch potatoes in the eyes of others?



    Eh I can feel you on the stigma aspect, I generally don't bring it up when I first meet guys; but generally comes out that I waste a few hours every now and than on games. I used to spend 8+ hrs a day playing em, and so I'm always embarrassed to admit that fact. Hell I'm even guilty of watching MLG events and korean starcraft haha.

    There is definitely a potential to make a living playing video games, but it's sort of similar to becoming a professional athlete in a sport. Millions of people will aspire of have that dream, but it only happens for the minority of people and unless you are amazingly good at whatever game it is you play, dont rely on that as a sole source of income. I knew one of the guys who played competitively(MLG finals etc) in WoW, but he had a real job on top of making money through playing the game.


    Sorry, I should probably clarify. I'm going to work as an artist/animator, not a game tester. I never thought of that as something very viable as for a job. Also, I don't think I'd avoid bringing it up to guys, I mean, it's my life, it's a part of me that I think is very important, but the reactions I get...not so much as effect me personally, but I just wish they weren't so expectedly rude, in a way.
  • gumbosolo

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    Jun 09, 2011 2:58 AM GMT
    You know, I only know one person who's taken his love for gaming and made a career out of it, but it seems to be working for him. Granted, he reinforces rather than contradicts those stereotypes of the unfit and somewhat obsessive gamer, but he's also found a healthy place for it in his life.

    I will admit that when I hear someone is a serious gamer it puts up a yellow flag, but only in the sense that it gets me watching out for deeper personality traits like laziness and lack of focus that often, but not always, go along with gaming. And if those traits aren't there, then I see no cause for alarm. I might even sit down and try my hand at whatever you're playing for a few minutes (and probably give you a big confidence boost as you beat me down).
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    Jun 09, 2011 2:18 PM GMT
    Gamers actually are on their arse a lot. How else do you play games? Though I do stretch and do a bit of yoga whilst there's a cut scene on.......

    A reason could be that to have something in common with a guy that is focused on video games/anime/manga and no other interests is very hard. If you hear a guy say they like to play games I'd straight away think they are indoors a lot and if I'm an outgoing person that's seems incompatible.
    There's a social barrier and a lot of games are based on solo play. If there's interaction with other people its usually online. With another person, that is also playing by themselves.
    Have you listened in on hardcore gamers' conversations? I'd rather listen to women discussing the pros of hymen removal than someone explaining how they leveled up from 87-110 in one afternoon with a key of enlightenment and did it without a clan. Obsessive types aren't that great to socialise with and when people aren't great at socialising they usually talk about themselves and their achievements. Doesn't sound fun to me. Granted there's more than one type of hardcore gamer that doesn't play MMORPG (sp?) but just an example and stereotype.
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    Jun 09, 2011 9:15 PM GMT
    jim_e saidGamers actually are on their arse a lot. How else do you play games? Though I do stretch and do a bit of yoga whilst there's a cut scene on.......

    A reason could be that to have something in common with a guy that is focused on video games/anime/manga and no other interests is very hard. If you hear a guy say they like to play games I'd straight away think they are indoors a lot and if I'm an outgoing person that's seems incompatible.
    There's a social barrier and a lot of games are based on solo play. If there's interaction with other people its usually online. With another person, that is also playing by themselves.
    Have you listened in on hardcore gamers' conversations? I'd rather listen to women discussing the pros of hymen removal than someone explaining how they leveled up from 87-110 in one afternoon with a key of enlightenment and did it without a clan. Obsessive types aren't that great to socialise with and when people aren't great at socialising they usually talk about themselves and their achievements. Doesn't sound fun to me. Granted there's more than one type of hardcore gamer that doesn't play MMORPG (sp?) but just an example and stereotype.


    So why does one have to assume that gamers aren't interested in anything else? Just because I an hardcore about video games doesn't mean I can't be interested in anything else.
    Also, you might want to expand your horizons and meet different types of gamers. Because the majority of gamers enforce the stereotype the same way that flaming gay guys do, and I hope you at least understand that comparison.
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    Jun 09, 2011 9:27 PM GMT
    Yes, I play very sporadically and mostly because some friends I've had for a long time play. Its not something I routinely volunteer in conversation but if someone asked me what I did today I wouldn't leave it out.
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    Jun 09, 2011 9:27 PM GMT
    there's a thing called boys, your should try it

    p.s. I should also mention that I'm playing the fan translation of Earthbound 3 :p
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    Jun 09, 2011 9:34 PM GMT
    I know how you feel about this. Growing up I played A LOT of video games. I was a fat kid too back then, probably because I sat around all day. It slowed down a little as I got busy with work and school and I started focusing on fitness, but I still really love games. I'm one of those people who can pick a game up I've never played and be great at it because of how much I used to play growing up. It's hard though, cus most people think negatively about gamers. I feel embarrassed telling people that I like to play video games and it's even harder to find someone who is as good as me at them and wouldn't mind spending a Friday or Saturday night having a gaming marathon.
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    Jun 09, 2011 9:38 PM GMT
    hazardous saidI know how you feel about this. Growing up I played A LOT of video games. I was a fat kid too back then, probably because I sat around all day. It slowed down a little as I got busy with work and school and I started focusing on fitness, but I still really love games. I'm one of those people who can pick a game up I've never played and be great at it because of how much I used to play growing up. It's hard though, cus most people think negatively about gamers. I feel embarrassed telling people that I like to play video games and it's even harder to find someone who is as good as me at them and wouldn't mind spending a Friday or Saturday night having a gaming marathon.


    I would have a gaming marathon.

    Video games rock my socks.

    To be perfectly honest, a lot of games are just another way of telling a story. Much like a movie or a tv show today.
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    Jun 09, 2011 10:10 PM GMT
    cold saidI play video games and I've never felt this stigma. I think a lot of other gays like gaming in some form or another.


    Yes i totally agree i love video games icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 24, 2011 6:45 AM GMT
    I don't feel the stigma and I play video games as well. Though I don't play them as much as I used, I just play like a couple hours the most. Video Games also inspire me with my own career purposes. I don't want to make a living off of playing video games but I don't want to do art for them. I love drawing and Video Game concept art always inspired me so I feel games have a purpose in the way I see them as they help give me ideas for my drawings.

    As for the stereotypes, I don't necessarily believe in them. I've met some people who play video games and do other activities as well so I just think a stereotype is just that, a stereotype.