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Blog Banter [#4] Am I A Gamer?

Welcome to another addition of Blog Banter, which involves Hawty McBloggy’s cozy community of enthusiastic gaming bloggers, a common topic, and a week to post articles pertaining to said topic. The results are quite entertaining and can range from deep insight to ROFLMAO.

This month’s topic is:

What, in your opinion, is the biggest stereotype about gamers? Do you fit it or not?

What is a “Gamer” anyways? Dictionary.com defines it as “a person who plays games.” So technically speaking, many people are gamers. You don’t need to own a video game console to be one. I never really knew there was a stereotype for them. Usually the most common thing is that they might be fat and/or ugly. Maybe only those that play World of Warcraft are.

Seriously speaking, for the educated individuals, we know that gamers are people. People are from all different kinds of backgrounds.. and body sizes for that matter. You can’t really stereotype “gamers”. Some might be laid-back, while another might be very competitive. Either way, all gamers possess unique qualities that make them special.

Perhaps in the olden days, it was thought that gamers were nerdy.. but times have changed, and the era we now live in is that video games are a “cool factor”, thanks to games like Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution which helped bring gaming to a whole new level.

Do I fit the gamer stereotype? Well I am not fat (I only weigh 138), ugly, or nerdy… so I suppose not. I don’t really know any gamer that is any of those. Maybe then the real target is female gamers. Perhaps then I might have something to say about them.. but I don’t. They have every right to game as much as men do – if not more. No one should degrade them for playing games. It’s arrogant and ignorant.

What it really all comes down to is the old saying “the masses are asses.” Meaning stereotypes get created thanks to the wonderful people out there who are missing a few “light bulbs”. Bottom line is, who cares what other people think? Don’t let anyone stereotype you, and if they categorize you that way, prove them wrong – or better yet, don’t even waste your (gaming) time on such childish trifles. : )

Here are the following participants. Take a look at what they said: The Average Gamer, shinybento, Unfettered Blather, Boom Stick Brigade, Gamer Unit, Zath!, Man Bytes Blog, Game Couch, Video Game Sandwich, Delayed Responsibility, thoughts and rants, Hawty McBloggy

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16 responses

  1. Interesting (and funny). We came to similar conclusions.

    March 27, 2008 at 12:20 pm

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  6. Very well said Silvercube :) female gamers are usually the target in the whole stereotype boohaki. But I just really ignore it and prove them wrong (or at least shut them up) by killing them more on games like COD4, Halo3 and SOCOM. Like I said… we may speak softly, but we carry a BIG stick! :) Thanks for stopping by my little banter too! :)

    March 27, 2008 at 1:53 pm

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  9. bs angel

    Loved the WoW joke, LOL!

    I think the only thing we can do to fight the stereotypes (both for gaming and for just life in general) is to simply be true to ourselves. And that is something you excel at Silver. :)

    March 27, 2008 at 5:16 pm

  10. @ Terry: Lol, yeah. I just got home, so now I have some bantering catch up to do :)

    @ Valentine: You are welcome! Don’t mess with the women. :)

    @ bs angel: Thanks! Yeah. LOL.
    Gotta have integrity – that is the key – especially on Xbox Live :)

    March 27, 2008 at 6:05 pm

  11. “The Masses are Asses” f**kin genius
    Great Post Silver!

    March 27, 2008 at 11:55 pm

  12. Thanks, NyghtPhreak :)

    March 27, 2008 at 11:59 pm

  13. deckard47

    You’re right in every way, and I wish I’d thought of something this clever (and true) to say. Nice post.

    March 28, 2008 at 12:46 am

  14. Hey, your post was good too! :)
    Thanks.

    March 28, 2008 at 3:20 am

  15. Lou

    i’d like to think that a lot of generalization is born of fear and misinformation. The latter often acts as a catalyst for the former. People like to have opinions on matters they don’t understand, and often they end up believing their own fact-less ideas.

    Good stuff, yo! :)

    March 28, 2008 at 5:22 am

  16. Yep! ^_^

    March 28, 2008 at 11:43 am

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