Identifying Yourself as a Gamer

When I describe myself, I have a lot of labels. I do a lot of different things, so I can’t tie myself down to one distinct personality. But there’s one label that may be the truest. And I never use the word.

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It has so many bad connotations. When people hear it, they get flashes of basement nerds and junk food. Children yelling terrible things into headsets.ย Acne-faced men power-tripping on a fantasy.

So, like many of us, I don’t bring it up. Sure, I talk about games passionately, but I try to disconnect myself from them.

The problem with gamers is that the vocal minority is typically the loud, obnoxious group that drone on about topics nobody else cares about. And if this is how gamers are seen, then the more polite, considerate gamers stop wanting to draw attention to their hobby. So they keep quiet, letting the rude gamers speak louder.

I don’t know if there’s any easy solution to this. Whether we like it or not, the general public sees gamers as a single group.

We can’t ignore these people; they represent a large number of us. I don’t want games to have a cultural stigmaย any longer. I want to be comfortable being called a gamer.

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    The problem with EVERY GROUP is that most people only get to experience the vocal minority that’s loud and obnoxious.
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    I feel the same way about calling myself a nerd. However the biggest problem is the people that pin it on themselves as...
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    Hey now. Don’t leave us girls out the mix here. Honestly, I’m sick of girls not being call “real” gamers just because...
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