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