Finish the sentence.

It's not so much about stereotypes, it's more about what we commonly associate with hobbies and likes and dislikes. For instance, if someone tells me they like going to gallery openings and museums, I might assume they enjoy reading as well.

Unfortunately, though, so many of the assumptions people make when they find out you play video games still hold negative connotations. For instance, for the longest time, those not "in-the-know" really believed that anybody who played video games also read comic books. The comic book thing was also tied in with "Star Wars" and Dungeons & Dragons, too; I guess indulging in any sort of otherworldly fictional fantasy means you're a geek and thus like anything related to fantasy or science fiction.

It also implies immaturity, obviously. But this assumption has never worked with me; I think I read a few Archie comic books at my grandparents' house when I was a kid, but that's it. Never understood the superhero thing, even when it got big in Hollywood. Another popular one involves technology and electronics in general; the belief being that if you play games (especially in this day and age), you're also a big tech or gadget freak. Well, I'm neither. I basically hate all that sh**, believe it or not.

So what are the common assumptions people make about you when they find out you play games? And how often are those assumptions accurate?

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cLoudou
cLoudou
8 years ago

Sadly I can't finish the sentence…

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

… Me neither. I qualify with every single association I can think of that is tied with gaming.


Last edited by Beamboom on 8/26/2012 6:43:46 AM

Hokie
Hokie
8 years ago

That I enjoy First Person Shooters. Gimme a good ole JRPG any day of the week!

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
8 years ago

enjoy the outdoors. That's what came to mind first.


Last edited by AcHiLLiA on 8/24/2012 9:53:47 PM

fatelementality
fatelementality
8 years ago

Might I ask what your avatar is and where i can find that pic? 🙂

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
8 years ago

Sure, female Asian model (forgot her name, had this pic for some time now), art done by a fan (very good job to). Google it on the images tab, forgot exactly what I typed in the search bar. So this might give u some help. 🙂


Last edited by AcHiLLiA on 8/25/2012 1:25:20 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Fatal, that character is Mai Shiranui from King of Fighters and Fatal Fury.

fatelementality
fatelementality
8 years ago

Wow……..uh…………wow. Don't type that name into google unless you have some free time on your hands 🙂 Thought she looked awful familiar. Still haven't located that specific pic. Right now it looks to be lost in an online ocean of drool.

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
8 years ago

Good to know, never played either of those games, so had no idea. I just chose this pic out in the open while searching the net and came across it and thought it awesome and hot.


Last edited by AcHiLLiA on 8/25/2012 6:32:55 PM

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
8 years ago

it is tricky to catch.


Last edited by AcHiLLiA on 8/25/2012 6:46:26 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Just because I play games doesn't mean I spend my weekends dressing in my mother's clothes and killing prostitutes.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
8 years ago

During the fallout surrounding GTAIII, I was working at EB and me and the rest of the staff purposely scared the crap out of this woman.

She came in, looking all scared, obviously thinking she might not get out alive or something, and asked if we actually sold that "horrible killing game" GTAIII to kids.

One of the guys said, "No, but we've all played it and now we rape and kill at least two women a day!"

…he got in trouble, obviously, but even he said it was SO worth the look on her face.


Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 8/24/2012 10:37:46 PM

Temjin001
Temjin001
8 years ago

I remember when I was sharing a place with some friends. One of my room mates was watching me play a game. Crackdown maybe? I hadn't played one of them open city types in a while, not since Vice City before it. But I got in my police car and started driving down the sidewalk running over people while laughing maniacally. My buddy looked at me like, crap man, I think this game and your personality is dangerous. I'm like, "what?" That's like half the fun of this stuff. It's like the complete inverse of reality and what anyone would actually do so it's logically just humorous. It's like how jokes work, right? I can't say how many times I've laughed at myself while programming. I'll run into a runtime error and I go into debug or look at my code and find the logic error. And so many times its freaking hilarious because you see just why and how there was a problem and how silly it was to have coded it that way to begin with by accident.

Anyway, as for GTA, maybe it was Looney Tunes, with Taz and Bugs Bunny and folks all killing each other endlessly, I dunno. It's just funny =p

I will say, like when I read news stories, like the New York one today, it suddenly doesn't feel as funny because reality then comes just a little too close to home for a while.


Last edited by Temjin001 on 8/24/2012 10:51:00 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

lol, it can be fun to play with people who are at a loss for words when they find out you're one of "them".

I know what you mean Temjin, those real life tragedies bring you down to earth but then I just remember that in this very brief life you can't put a pricetag on enjoyment. Any of us could get dead any day but it isn't the games that make folks crazy, they were usually that way to begin with.

If I can enjoy myself and laugh maniacally while mowing down digital people in Saint's Row then to hell with people who think I'm nuts for doin it.

Temjin001
Temjin001
8 years ago

For me it mostly depends on the age I'm speaking to. If it's guys my age, buddies I grew up with or co-workers, we could talk games all day. But if the conversation involves an older person who didn't grow up with games, well, the conversation is something else, like sports, or movies, or some other hobby-like thing. I dunno, wood working (I actually worked at a wood working shop for a while). Anyhow, there's always a handful of snobs who hold up their nose to that stuff, but as far as I'm concerned, they're now more the wierdos.

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
8 years ago

… Am the devils creation.

Us latinos think that videogames is the devil! Lol no bs

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

Just Because I Play Games Doesn't Mean I…

…Can program your VCR from 1980 that you still pretend works as well as those disc things.

…can fix your toaster.

…am happy to be called at 4am because you lost your document in Word and can't figure out how to get it back.

…know anything about Halo.

…have an Xbox

…Like Mario, Zelda or Nintendo.

…can fly a plane.

…can make my own games.

…have lost all societal awareness.

…have lost all social skills and friends.

…care that some whacko who shot someone, played a video game when he was 10. Now shut up before I reach for my P90…

…think that all women have fleshtone balloons that move like they are filled with jello attached to their chest…although many plastic surgeons do in fact create this look on a daily basis – no thanks BTW, natural teardrop FTW!

…have lost reading and comprehension skills.

…have the vocabulary of a space marine blended with that of a Japanese pop Idol.

…think think that Kratos is the best thing since sliced bread (which as we all know, he invented after being attacked while eating lunch one day). Chuck Norris and Kratos once had a bet, the loser had innumerable craptastic jokes written about their supposed toughness to hid the fact that Kratos kicked their…

…have no sense of humor.

…am in my teens and have a spotty chin.

…etc….

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
8 years ago

Awesome. 🙂

It still drives me nuts when I tell people what I do, they think I can fix all their computer problems. When I tell them I probably know less than they do, they look awfully confused.

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
8 years ago

What?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

My parents still think I should "go into computers" because I can show them how to handle simple stuff on Amazon or Ebay. I was a computer tech for GE back in Highschool but since then I don't know sh*t about sh*t except how to do what I need to do to live.

Rogueagent01
Rogueagent01
8 years ago

Though most of those had me laughing my favorite by far was,

…care that some whacko who shot someone, played a video game when he was 10. Now shut up before I reach for my P90…

Being that there is almost 7 billion people on the planet, and 30 to 80 million that play video games frequently I hate that stereotype. We actually live in one of, if not, the most peaceful era since society sprang up. I forget who actually wrote a book on it recently and laced it with pages of statistics showing how safe it is to live today.

As far as the topic goes mine is simply…

Just Because I Play Games Doesn't Mean I…

care about your opinion.

xenris
xenris
8 years ago

I get the same thing from my parents world. I got it all through highschool. Although for a time I wanted to be a "video game designer" Which in my perfect world involved me just coming up with ideas for people to make while I just watched and learned nothing about programing lol.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

I could never program, I am an utter failure at math.

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
8 years ago

Just because I play videogames doesn't mean I have too much spare time. I just choose to use my free time playing a game instead of watching tv, I don't understand how people think that this is less productive

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
8 years ago

I'm with u too dude, when I find a game interesting to play, I forget watching tv some of the time.

Briar
Briar
8 years ago

Just because I play video games it doesn't mean I am anti-social, or someone with no friends. I do spend a lot of time gaming, but I also spend a lot of time reading and going out with friends. I'll never understand the weird taboo that ties video games to not having a life. If anything, it's boosted my imagination and kept me busy while others I know got into trouble and what not!

Gordo
Gordo
8 years ago

… Have arrested development!

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
8 years ago

….cant wield a double ended lightsaber

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Just because I play video games doesn't mean I am interested in your bizarre fascination with Farmville and other Facebook junk.

kraygen
kraygen
8 years ago

Amen!

homura
homura
8 years ago

don't care about real life anymore.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
8 years ago

This really is a thing of the past from my point of view. Rarely does anyone I do or don't know, have anything to say about ke playing games. I used to defend myself, I used to get crap about it but it was easy to, get people to see it's not what they thought or how they associated it anymore. But back to present day, it seems everyone has a console, regardless if it's just for games or as a home entertainment system. Everyone can relate in some way.

I know more people that play or atleast have a game console than those who don't. So this just simply doesn't apply to me.


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 8/25/2012 1:16:01 AM

MrAnonymity
MrAnonymity
8 years ago

Just because I play games doesn't mean I am going to discuss them all day with you.

Anyone get that? I love me some videogame-age. This does NOT mean my conversations are to be centered around such things. In fact, I find talking about games only leads to anger. And anger to hate. And hate leads to the dark side. (Sorry, couldn't help it.) Seriously though, I can't seem to talk to someone about games without having CoD's praises sung, Sony's consoles bashed, or argued with that The Elder Scrolls are the greatest thing to happen to RPGs (yes, it has really happened). I'd sooner argue with a doofus blasting Disturbed that his favorite band is not metal than talk to some random person about games.
.

…..
So what does that say about my ability to talk about them here?
<(~paradox~)>

kraygen
kraygen
8 years ago

Just because I play video games does not mean; I am the devil, a demon, or possessed by either.

Yup that's what some of my family believes. Didn't you know video games destroy everyone who ever plays one. Video games are responsible for drinking, drugs, prostitution, quitting school, and pretty much every other thing people see as negative.

JC1225
JC1225
8 years ago

Just Because I Play Games Doesn't Mean I am not good at sports and other physical activities…
It surprises some people that I know how to hit, catch, throw, kick a ball.

Strythe
Strythe
8 years ago

I get that a lot too. Even worse is that the person making the comment is usually totally useless at sports or any physical activity.

Nevermind that I played league soccer, baseball, and was Captain of my hockey team.

fatelementality
fatelementality
8 years ago

….am a deadbeat with no job, no social life, no girlfriend, bad eating habits, and get no exercise. Ok, so maybe the last one has a little truth to it, but I'll start pumping iron and putting on muscle mass when someone gives me a useful reason for it. I can understand cardio, but some of the 5ft wide shoulder beasts I see walking around, I just don't understand. Unless your job is that physically demanding or you just plan on lifting cars off of babies in the near future or something like that. I have a good job, have made new friends over the years, still have old friends from school, eat mostly healthy foods, and have a beautiful girl that adores me (been confused about that one for years now). By the way old people, not every game system is called a Nintendo! I still remember when my family would come by to see me and say "Still playin' that Nintendo boy?" Um, I'm 30, and this is a Play……say it with me…….Play….Sta…..tion……thu….reee. I dont ever remember seeing them pull up in their redneck trucks and being like "Still driving that Ford boy?" Ok, so they were Fords, but you get the idea dammit.


Last edited by fatelementality on 8/25/2012 5:36:28 AM

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
8 years ago

Just because I play video games doesn't mean I can't see the forest through the graphics(or the tree's)


Last edited by BikerSaint on 8/25/2012 6:07:21 AM

Ergi
Ergi
8 years ago

Just because I play video games doesn't mean I'm a virgin that lives with his mom.

tes37
tes37
8 years ago

Just because I play games doesn't mean I am one of 'those people'. I've been called that, but I haven't a clue what they meant by it and I didn't ask for clarification. I didn't ask because, if they don't even know what makes themselves tick, how could they possess the wisdom to know what makes me tick.

The look on their face, when you call them one of 'those people' after watching them do something stupid, is priceless.

xenris
xenris
8 years ago

Basically, most people are surprised when I say I play videogames and even more surprised when they see the time I put into them. I train and teach martial arts, coach gymnastics, and am a personal fitness trainer, on top of that I am a "health" freak when it comes to eating according to my friends and clients. Not typically what people think when they find out I'm a game enthusiast lol.

On top of that I play just about every genre of games, I used to play games competitively although it was very brief and amongst my gamer friends I am "hardcore" in what games I like. Basically I like really hard games that push me to be a better gamer.

I guess people are just surprised. Because I look the complete opposite, but really my interest in martial arts and acrobatics started when I started watching ninja turtles and batman on TV and playing fighting games like mortal kombat and street fighter, so I guess its really all linked for me. I remember when I was 4 I asked my dad if he would take me somewhere to be a ninja turtle and the next week I was in a karate class and I haven't stopped for 21 years.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
8 years ago

So tell us, which Ninja Turtle are you?????

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

Raphael is the coolest and I want to be more like him, but I think I, for one, am more like Leonardo. (sorry, had to jump in there)

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
8 years ago

Leonardo is the best, anyway. 🙂

xenris
xenris
8 years ago

Hahaha, Raphael was my favourite as a kid 😛 Probably just because I loved the colour red, also Sai are awesome.

I dont know who I am more like. I am usually always cracking jokes in real life, but if I'm playing a sport or fighting its the complete opposite. Hard to say maybe a combination of all of them 😀

fatelementality
fatelementality
8 years ago

Wow Ben, you just opened a whole can o' worms there. Donatello all the way from a fighting perpective (better reach) and Raph from the coolness perspective. Leonardo??? Really??? Boy Scout 🙂

xenris
xenris
8 years ago

Hahaha, can we agree they are all awesome? I remember being torn with who I liked more between Raphael and Leonardo and would change my favourite one like every week.

But now I just like them all, for what they all bring.

But lets be honest here, in a fight I'm putting my money on Splinter.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
8 years ago

It was really only because of the swords. They seemed like the only weapon to me that would actually do anything. LOL

fatelementality
fatelementality
8 years ago

Understood. I used to switch up who I pretended to be when I was little. I had a plastic TMNT weapons set and the swords were the first ones to snap in half due to repeated tree thrashings. The nunchucks and sais went next and all I was left with was the bo staff 🙁

xenris
xenris
8 years ago

Hahaha, yeah, my plastic swords broke really quick. Me and my friend had hard plastic swords and they broke the first day of us dueling. Then we got these other plastic ones which were softer but hollow? I don't know if you know what I'm talking about but they would becoming like a noodle after a couple of fights.

So we ending up just going to the forest near my house and finding the best sticks we could and would have sword fights with those. Surprisingly no one really got hurt other than the occasional bruise I think maybe one bloody nose but that was a super big accident.

Oh how fun childhood was, I feel bad when I look at the children at my block and none of them wrestle or have sticks or anything like that.

I also loved Leonardos sword, but when I was little I was scared he would cut someone so I sometimes closed my eyes when he fought anything not a robot. Probably had something to do with my fear of paper cuts and just cuts in general. I later learned how family friendly the series was lol and the fear left me.