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VOP2288

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#1 11 years ago

The other day something occurred to me...

what's the seterotypical video gamer like/look like?

Some words that come to mind are: fat, four-eyed, lonely, virgin, geek, depressed, anti-social, nerd, and unpopular.

over the past few years I've noticed a huge trend change in who video gamers are these days. While I would agree/bet that more than half of gamers can be described with any one of those words (including myself) the ratio is drastically changing very quickly now.

My reasons for why this could possibly be happening are games like Halo 2, Call of Duty, and GTA. Basically games which require little or no actual strat or liking of "geeky" things (ex. someone who likes D&D would like any RPGs). Also the multiplayer aspect of just loading in COD2 and blowing your friends to hell after school could have an effect. In fact in my social scene it's a little weird..the people you would think would be all video gamed out actually dont play them at all while myself and my other friends, those of which are fairly "popular" and are your normal prep school jocky party kids, are the ones who make it a tradition to at least twice a week go back to one of our houses and load up either COD2 or Halo 2 and kill each other...their g/fs even get into it as well...

Another reason I could think of was just how much video games have been "accepted" and deemed "cool" by the pop culture of today...it's no longer considered MEGA GEEKY to be awaiting the released of Halo 3 or just enjoying a nice afternoon of massive FPS killing....a cause of this could be that the very first video gamers are now older and having kids...thus making the video game culture more mature and stretch over a wide variety of ages.

Anyone else seem to notice this trend of culture change?




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#2 11 years ago

VOP2288;3513934The other day something occurred to me...

what's the seterotypical video gamer like/look like?

Some words that come to mind are: fat, four-eyed, lonely, virgin, geek, depressed, anti-social, nerd, and unpopular.

over the past few years I've noticed a huge trend change in who video gamers are these days. While I would agree/bet that more than half of gamers can be described with any one of those words (including myself) the ratio is drastically changing very quickly now.

My reasons for why this could possibly be happening are games like Halo 2, Call of Duty, and GTA. Basically games which require little or no actual strat or liking of "geeky" things (ex. someone who likes D&D would like any RPGs). Also the multiplayer aspect of just loading in COD2 and blowing your friends to hell after school could have an effect. In fact in my social scene it's a little weird..the people you would think would be all video gamed out actually dont play them at all while myself and my other friends, those of which are fairly "popular" and are your normal prep school jocky party kids, are the ones who make it a tradition to at least twice a week go back to one of our houses and load up either COD2 or Halo 2 and kill each other...their g/fs even get into it as well...

Another reason I could think of was just how much video games have been "accepted" and deemed "cool" by the pop culture of today...it's no longer considered MEGA GEEKY to be awaiting the released of Halo 3 or just enjoying a nice afternoon of massive FPS killing....a cause of this could be that the very first video gamers are now older and having kids...thus making the video game culture more mature and stretch over a wide variety of ages.

Anyone else seem to notice this trend of culture change?

I don't notice mainly cause i don't really care OMG I GUY THINKS I'M A NERD FOR PLAYING GAMES! But anyway i think it's more of the has you said mutiplayer part were u can just sit back and blow your friends head off




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#3 11 years ago
I don't notice mainly cause i don't really care OMG I GUY THINKS I'M A NERD FOR PLAYING GAMES

Yeah I'm not saying that anything has to do with that...cant you see some difference at all in the overall change in social and cultural trends, and how such things that were identified with "geeky" kids and such have now become more widely accepted as the norm?




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#4 11 years ago

Well last documentry l saw on this subject, was only on discovery, but it showed the average age of fps gamers to be 26 to 32 and rts games it was something like 30 to 35 average age. It showed most youngsters were still playing on games consoles, where the adults were using pc's. Pc's have much more complex games.




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#5 11 years ago

I've been a gamer all my life.

Fat : no four - eyed : no lonely : no virgin : yes geek : maybe depressed : no anti-social : I'd say more "against going outside" nerd : maybe unpopular : no.

(How do you define between nerd and geek?)

Yes, the times they are a changin', and more people play games now than before, personally, I wish this wouldn't happen. It means being forced into contact with more people I don't want to interact with.

Oh, and Defecation_Eventuates? "Pc's have much more complex games"? Bullshit. The only difference pc's have over consoles is that the games they play are easier to control and have better graphical capabilities.




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#6 11 years ago

Many of my friends and I play video games as a social activity and we're pretty popular. These stereotypes are especially about MMO players, one of my more athletic friends loves it, but it didn't turn him in to your description of a gamer.