Gamer Stereotypes

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Disclaimer: All data assembled for this Editorial was collected by G4TV in April of 2009. But since this is an Editorial I‘m going to take the Fox News route and not quote my source. 😛

While having a wonderful conversation with my parents this mother’s day I was told by them that I am not your standard person that plays videogames. After I laughed for a little bit I asked them what they thought your average gamer was. Apparently it’s someone who isn’t in shape, has no social life, and is a guy. So I thought we would examine these stereotypes a bit to maybe understand why people think of gamers in such a way.

1. Gamers are out of shape and don’t go outside.

Now this one is just silly, gamers have to go outside. How else would we get our videogames, Mountain Dew, and Taco Bell. However this one does seem to be the most propitiate stereotype that gamers suffer given that 70% of hardcore gamers don’t exercise outside or even at all. That’s not saying that they’re fat but they’re probably not in shape either. This is funny considering that all the professional gamers in Korea say that exercise is one of the key reasons they are as good as the are. A 30 minute daily exercise routine has been proven to increase reaction time and blood flow throughout the body including your brain. So exercising for 30 minutes everyday not only makes you healthier but also a better gamer. And if you want to live long enough to see the holodeck you better start those crunches.

As for going outside I completely understand those that have allergies and how much it sucks every time you go outside during the warmer months. A good way to counteract this is to get locally grown honey because it will slowly make your body immune to the allergic reaction(much like how CIA agents build up an immunity to truth serum). Plus outside is good for your body, unnatural light can actually accelerate your balding and cataracts.  I personally surf an hour everyday(when it’s relatively nice), so you could be like me and knock out two birds with one stone.

2. Gamers have no social life

No social life? Then what would they call my MWF 7-11p.m. raid with 24 other people? If that’s not socialization then I don’t know what is. In all seriousness though, gamers actually are more likely to be in a relationship(married or dating) than the average American. It’s like people assume that when we’re playing games we’re not talking to other people. To be honest while I tend to enjoy playing games by myself(not that co-op isn’t fun I just don’t like sharing the rocket launcher) a good 90% of the time I’m on skype or vent talking with other people. I also go to the movies every week with friends. And on the weekends if someone isn’t over at my place I’m normally over at someone else’s.

3. Gamers are almost all guys

HAHAHA girl gamers that’s a good one. That’s about as likely to happen as a black president. Seriously though, what is with people (my Mom included… hi Mom) assuming that girls don’t play games? While female gamers tend to not be as vocal about their gaming (i.e. they don’t complain in forums or seek to attend cons) they do make up about 40% of gamers. The real problem here is that girl gamers get harassed by a certain male demographic(*cough* prepubescent teens) and will often not reveal that they’re girls until they’ve gotten to know the other person a little bit. I’ve always had female friends(in fact my best friend is a girl) and I guess it just must be lack of information as to why some guys think girls are that different from guys. In all reality besides the parts being different guys and girls are very similar.

Unfortunately about 10% of the gaming population does fit the stereotypical gamer with the remaining 90% not being able to be classified because it is so diverse. But that’s how it is with almost every stereotype, you’ll have about 10% that fit the stereotype while the rest don’t. What’s awesome is that you can find gamers in ever walks of life and in every demographic. These stereotypes where established in the 1980’s and unfortunately it hasn’t been long enough since then to see these stereotypes fade away.  I just hope one day we can do away with stereotypes because if I’m suppose to be you’re stereotypical white guy I need to be a racist and love mayonnaise. And I hate mayonnaise…oh yeah that racist thing too.

Editorial by Ninth Batter the author/creator of Nobody Like You.

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About NinthBatter

NinthBatter(or Jack) was born in 1518 on the shores of Loch Shiel in the highlands of Scotland. Seriously though, Ninth is a small town geek born and raised although he does live in Los Angeles now. He’s been gaming since the SNES with “Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past.” He currently games on PC, Xbox, PS3, Nintendo DS, and the N-Gage(it’s a GameBoy and a phone!) He also has a Wii but currently uses it as a door stop. If you haven’t been able to figure it out, Ninth prefers to take a light-hearted and humorous approach to gaming. He also loves Pokemon…the handheld games…seriously.