I’m Prejudiced

Yup, I definitely harbor some prejudices. And not the normal ones that everyone has against Black people or Women, either.

Worse ones.

I’m prejudiced against video gamers.

Oh, it’s not that I want to lynch them or anything, but I do tend to view them in an unfavorable light.

And lets be clear. This isn’t directed at folks who play the occasional round of Mario Cart for fun, or go out with friends to Dave & Busters. That’s all ok.

That’s just having fun with friends through the help of an electronic medium. It’s akin to playing Scrabble, only without the educational value.

I also get people who play Wii. I mean, at least most of those games involve some form of exercise.

No, my prejudice is directed to those gamers who spend hours and hours immersed in battles in fictional worlds. These are the same ones who wait in line for the next “Halo Duty” game release, and then play it all weekend while relieving themselves in a bucket so they don’t have to stop the action.

There are also the fantasy world games that involve less epileptic seizure-inducing explosions and focus more on virtual relationships. You know, those adventury “Final World of Witchcraft” games.

It’s kind of like playing an electronic Dungeons and Dragons, but without the occasional activity of rolling fun-shaped dice.

I thought South Park did a brilliant job skewering these gamers– showing the kids morphing into these sad, sedentary creatures subsisting on soda and potato chips, all while singularly focused on seeking revenge against some creepy adult gamer.

Now, I will admit to enjoying the occasional D&D sleepover– when I was 12. Fantasy worlds were a nice escape every once in awhile, especially for a preteen struggling with his own identity.

I just take issue with later teens (and especially anyone over 20!) spending obscene amounts of time in virtual worlds rather than in the actual world.

Inevitably I think, “My god. There are so many more productive things you could be doing with your time! Like bathing. Or finding a job.”

See? There’s that nasty prejudice coming out.

And I am certainly not alone in this prejudice. I mean, there are very negative stereotypes surrounding gamers. And as we all know, stereotypes exist because society has decided that they are true.

Plus stereotypes are real time savers.

For example, whenever I hear that someone can’t wait to get home to play a video game or spent an entire weekend playing the newest release of “Sim’s Creed”, my immediate thought is that the person probably smells of parent’s basement and regret.

Yes, I am a judgmental bitch.

And even though it’s wrong, I do experience schadenfreude whenever I read a news story about a kid dying in their own filth after spending 50 straight hours gaming and drinking Red Bull.

Just thinning out the herd a little.

Now, if you are a gamer and take offense at this, well I apologize. Excessive gaming just happens to be one of my “red flags” for incompatibility.

Feel free to continue gaming all you want. I won’t try to stop you.

I’ll be too busy reading, or doing crossword puzzles, or practicing piano, or working out, or writing short stories, or going for a bike ride, or ….

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10 Responses to I’m Prejudiced

  1. I’m with you. Anyone who needs to spend that much time alone doesn’t need to spend any time with me.

    I’m also prejudiced against people who drive slow in the passing lane. I hate them all.

  2. truthspew says:

    Two games I absolutely love – Grand Theft Auto on the xbox, and Super Mario Brothers on the Wii. Never got into the MMPORG type games. I have enough drama in my life not to need that shit.

  3. Nik_TheGreek says:

    Boo. You’re wrong! :-p
    I love playing video games. I’ve been into them since I was a child and I probably will for years to come. I don’t live in my parents’ basement, I have a job and also enjoy a very nice social and personal life. It’s all a matter of having limits and not being excessive about anything. 🙂

    • cb says:

      Did you not read the post? I said, this isn’t about people who play occasional video games.

      It’s for the obsessive gamers who’s life revolves around living in fantasy worlds.

  4. justajeepguy says:

    I don’t think you need worry about gamers being offended by your post as none of them have the time to read blogs.

    Nik may need an intervention soon.

  5. MiKe says:

    I use to be anti-gamer until I met my boo. He is gym, work, school and gaming. I know his exact location at all times. His gaming means he is not attached to my hip and we still have time together. I see it as harmless fun as long as it does not take away from any other aspect of your life.

  6. brettcajun says:

    There is nothing wrong with being preachy judgemental… ahem.

  7. Jim says:

    As a gamer, I DO take daily baths and DO use to restroom to relieve my bladder. I am not offended by this post – because we all have red flags for compatibility.

    Different strokes for different folks.
    That being said, I do think you made some rather large brushstrokes of judgement on such a small sub-culture.

    And yes, “just a jeep guy” I am a gamer and I DO have time – and actually read about 50 blogs.

    Don’t be hatin’….just sayin’….

    • cb says:

      As I said in the post, if you just play occasionally for fun, I think that’s fine. But merely by identifying yourself as a gamer— well, YIKES!

      All that gaming AND keeping up with 50 blogs? You know there’s this thing called “outside”… Right?

      • Jumbo Jim says:

        I would say I am more than an occasional gamer. I play games every day. On my iPad and my PS3. It is how I unwind from working a 12-hour day – every day of the week.

        50 blogs are really not that hard to keep up with – they are all in my Google Reader which I check every morning. Not all of them are as active as you. Some are only once a month and others are just photo blogs.

        You have every right in the world to think what you want of gamers. But just like everything else in life, there are exceptions to the stereotype. I have a friend – who is a true gamer, hours on end, weekends fly by – and he and his husband have a great relationship. And he smells wonderful.

        I know some gym rats that could use a good shower….

        And yes, I do know there is an outside. I play games on my iPad while I take my 30-minute walk every morning.

        it is all about multitasking.

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