Stig-martyr


Is this what you see when you think of gamers?

Why is it that sometimes we gamers are considered second class citizens? Why do non-gamers so often perceive us as anti-social delinquents with little to no redeeming qualities outside of the fact we can crack resi 2 with less than three saves in a little over four hours? How come gaming is considered less worthwhile and more childish than watching television or movies?

I know plenty of people who love the likes of Toy Story or The Princess Diaries yet believe that video games hold no place in society? I’m a guy so understandably I don’t really understand the appeal of Rom-coms nor do I hold them in a negative regard, they are a piece of entertainment like any other designed to take you out of your real life problems and help you unwind so why is it some people cannot allow the same courtesy to a form of entertainment that is arguably far more engaging and thought provoking? Looking down your nose at the likes LA Noire is akin to saying classic cinema is a bore…… Perhaps this is the way some people feel but at the end of the day its a crass generalisation made by people who have little experience of gaming outside of what they see in the press. Games are a media that covers such a huge set of genres (not to mention art style, direction, game play style) cannot be described purely as one form of entertainment.

With the advent of motion controls being just one in a long series of innovative steps taken by the many thousands of talented men and women behind these mega bucks studios it is rash to say Hollywood or television have anything better to offer. When was the last time you saw a movie where Tom Cruise taught you about the power struggles between the Medici and the Bourgia’s in renaissance Italy like AC2 does? (Won’t I be made the fool when it’s revealed little Tom is playing Ezio in the movie) Or expanded your mind like professor Layton? Hell I remember learning geography from where on earth is Carmen San Deigo when I was but 5/6 years old plus I now understand the rudimentary physics that go in to creating a wormhole into slip space with a Shaw-Fujikawa drive (ok that ones not real).

Learning is fun.

Video games today show so much advancement that it’s a little scary at times, where other art forms (thats right I called video games art those of you who have played any of the Ico, thatgamecompany or Viewtiful Joe games will agree) stagnate video games continue to smash the mould and create newer richer experiences that redefine entertainment at every turn. but don’t take my word for it you just need to jump online to see I’m right there are literally millions of blogs just like this one dedicated to the promotion of a media that people love.

You’ve probably guessed already someone made a throwaway comment about games and gamers that irked me and I know I probably took it too personally but I can’t help it, we gamers are a like minded people passionate about what we believe in. So don’t come crying to me when the Earth is under threat from Aliens, Zombies, Orcs, Ghosts or all of the above because you didn’t put the hours in learning just how to deal with such a situation.

Gaming is no longer exclusively a “guy thing”.

The traditional view of gaming nerds is finally being challenged by a new crop of gaming girls who are not in the least bit ashamed of their hobby and the gaming world as a whole has been more than willing to accept them with open arms (not least because we are unable to speak to girls let alone ask them to leave as the old stereotype goes).The stigma surrounding geeks and nerds has slackened somewhat in recent years, thanks in part to the portrayal of geeks in tv land but it has not disapeared completely and it’s still difficult to explain to a “normy” that gaming can be a social experience too. I’ve played with people from India, America, France, Poland and even a guy who lived two streets over from me purely by accident and I love the way online gaming has brought this aspect to the forefront because gaming like anything else is more fun when enjoyed with others.

Seth Cohen: Making life easier for geeks since 2003

Let me know what you think, tell me your stories of being dismissed for being a gamer or tell me why you think we are a danger to society who should be segregated from the rest of humanity and never allowed to reproduce for fear that we create more deranged VG fans hell bent on destroying the earths limited supply of … erm …. Bandwidth, Cds and electricity?

Elths rant over.

5 thoughts on “Stig-martyr

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  2. Sorry it took me an age to comment on this post. I did read it at the time but just didn’t have time to throw in my two pennies.

    The stigma we face is definitely still present but in my experience it’s nowhere near as bad as it used to be. The main problem is that of the portrayal in mainstream media. Computer games are often used a scapegoat for the ills of modern society. This is of course nothing new. Every time a new art form is delivered to the masses, the established artists and commentators of the day react by at first by being dismissive and belittling before trumping the dangers once it starts to gain popularity. It happend with movies, comics, rock ‘n’ roll. It happened with the printing press for gods sake! It probably happened when the written word was invented and when the first cavemen started banging rocks together.

    My point is don’t let the petty unthinking dissmive fear mongers get to you for a second. We have the privilege of being present for the growing pains of a new art form. It’s worth being belittled by a few people who don’t yet “get it”. Their numbers are already dwindling. Most will discover the joys eventually.

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