To start off,I would like to point out that this isn’t meant to start a flame war between console fanboys/enthusiasts. This is meant to be a discussion about how video games and the people that play them. I would like to hear from everyone’s point of view on the subject and would appreciate your feelings on it. Just to say ahead of time,location and age differences will be a factor in this discussion. This also might be kind of long. So, Let’s begin.
I spend a lot of time on the internet,probably like most of you,so I’m sure you know what I’m talking about when I bring up the scrubby,wannabe,hardcore “gamer” crowd. In the last 6 or 7 years there hasn’t been any place on the internet that’s video game related that I haven’t seen these kind of people. (There’s even quite a handful here). I know that there has always been atleast a few sites like that,but now it’s gotten to where it’s like that everywhere.
Even when I was going to school there were these types of people. The types of people who spurt out “nerdcore” slang that only play what MLG uses.
Here where I live,which is a fairly rural area,I still encounter these types of people in real life. As a matter of fact,these are the only types of gamers I’ve only ever grew up knowing personally. There’s never been a scene of any sort over here. It’s just full of the hardcore MLG wannabes. I see some of these people on facebook and the video game related posts and comments they make just remind me of all the faceless wackos I’ve seen on forums. It’s kinda sickening really. I never ever heard of the term “gamer” until around 2005. And ever since then it seems like I only even encounter these types of people.
I can recall pre-2005,where I lived anyways,things weren’t ever like that. While I can’t speak for other areas,where I lived it wasn’t cool to play a lot of video games. It was just a fun thing you did like going out in the back yard to hit a baseball around or riding a bike. I was still pretty young then though. I was 14 in 2005,so bear with me. All throughout my younger years it was silly to play a lot of video games. And I was the silly kid that did play a lot of video games. My family had a NES before I was even born,so I grew up playing that along with the SNES and the Genesis. Needless to say by the time I started school,playing video games was as natural to me as breathing. Not in the sense of skill,but in the sense of that’s just how often I played. But,growing up I never knew a kid that played as much as I did. Most kids at that age just become uninterested because they can’t figure a game out. (Kinda ironic since most teen and adult gamers do the same nowadays,but to a more extreme degree).
Everybody knew I was the kid that played a lot. At one point I basically became some people’s hot line on how to figure stuff out in certain games. But,most of the time I was the weird kid that was laughed at because I played a lot of games. I know I seemed to have a limited view back then because I was just a kid,but I had older cousins and my older sister had friends. Video games seemed no different for people older than me that I knew.
Basically,you were a loser if you played video games more than average. But,I loved every console I played no matter what the differences were between them. The Genesis was an inferior piece of hardware compared to the SNES,but I enjoyed Sonic more than I did Mario. I loved video games.
Now fast forward to post-2005 through today. Now it’s cool to play video games,but only if you play Cod on xbox. Anything else,you’re just a “fagg*t” apparently. I still enjoy all the consoles from this gen. Video games are still a fun part of my life as much as they ever were,but I just get a headache from the communities out there that talk out their ass. I just think it’s pointless to sit there and have flame wars over what consoles are better. Every console ever made has always had their pros and cons. But,when it comes down to it,it’s the same shit. It’s like arguing over which is better: red colored apples or green colored apples?
Some things are more gimmicky than others,but what doesn’t have gimmicks?
I just don’t see how anyone can declare themselves a “hardcore gamer”,but only like and play one console. I know not everybody wants to blow money on getting more than one console,but even if that’s the case it still doesn’t warrant talking shit about another consoles.
I always hear about how video games as an industry and as a culture is more mature than it has ever been before,but all I see is one big flame war. It feels to me like it’s become more immature than it’s ever been. To me,the term “gamer” and “inflated ego” go hand in hand.
I’m through ranting for now. That’s how everything has been through my eyes. Has anyone else just had that huge change or has the world of video games always been like that for you?