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Band of Bloggers #5

Before I start, I would like to thank Saint and the GIO community for giving me great support with my writing. I am very honored to write the fifth edition of Band of Bloggers but would like to mention that I turned a different way with the subject I was given. I didn't mean too but writing just works that way. Some people may disagree but I wrote about what I felt after reading Saint's question. Maybe I thought deeper or maybe I didn't but something ticked inside of me and I started writing. One of the reasons is that this subject is something I have covered. I wrote a similar post but I didn't want to pass up writing about it more and maybe taking it a different way. 

Anyways, I would like to thank everyone for helping me become the writer I am today and Thank you Saint for giving me with wonderful opportunity, much appreciated. 

Gamers from a decade or more ago were often stereotyped as young male nerds that were socially awkward, but nowadays we see a balance of male/female gamers of all ages; and it’s not only accepted to be a gamer, it’s expected. Discuss the current social environment in the world of video games and the fact that society would likely frown on physical relationships and interactions between people of significant age and gender gaps yet online, this never seems to be an issue. Are gamers more socially understanding and accepting than the mainstream non-gaming populace?~Saint

Gamers are nerds. Let's face it, we all talk about gaming in a very interested way. Sorry if that statement hurt or offended any gamers but I will admit that I am a nerd too. To tell you the truth, being a nerd is nothing to be ashamed about. To be a nerd means you have an interest in something. Usually a big interest and I don't see how the word "nerd" became a description of humor. But in the end, it is whether we are the stereotyped gamers? Gaming may have become more accepted but as a hobby and an activity it has become a laughing joke. 

One look at me, female, tall, (horribly) skinny, attractive, and people would never guess that I spent 60 hours on HeartGold. They, the many people who read the newspaper and find out that this game World of Warcraft has taken over gamers lives, look for a socially awkward male who is on his computer most of the day. I am not saying there aren't gamers out there like that, I have seen some of them. But to say and think that all gamers are like that is upsetting.

There are three different types of gamers that I see in the world. First, is the casual gamer and we all know what they do and play. They usually play the free or few dollar gaming apps on their cellphone. These gamers aren't really gamers but still they play, so I have to recognize their interest in gaming.

Second, is the "gamer," someone who owns a gaming system but plays it as if it where a cellphone or they play it with no passion. These gamers aren't much in touch with the gaming world, but instead feel the need to do pretty well in the online leader-boards. This gamer style depends but from my understanding it is usually a gamer but nothing serious. More like a user but doesn't understand video games much.

The third is what I believe most gamers who are reading this are, the hardcore gamer. This gamer takes everything about gaming serious, sometimes to the point where gaming looses it's purpose. But either way, we play, read, and even write about video games. Here at gameinformer.com, most online users are the same level of hardcore gaming but have different opinions and games. Hardcore gamers are what make the gaming world go round and is the main reason the app market hasn't destroyed gaming at it's core.

Gaming is a very, very wide subject of thought. And stereotyping is one of the main problems us, hardcore gamers see. As Saint writes "gamers from a decade or more ago were often stereotyped as young male nerds that were socially awkward," I still don't think the world has gotten over stereotyping. Not to argue and I realize that he is being specific to the gaming community and not the world but I feel I can't not write about how the world stereotypes, especially hardcore gamers.

As being a girl, I don't get stereotyped much as a hardcore gamer. But doesn't mean I am blind to it happening. Who stereotypes can be anyone, not just that certain person who annoys you but the media does too. If to say that you play World of Warcraft, most of the listeners reaction would be to stereotype you as what they saw or hear on the news. "Latest headline, man loses his life because of a popular online game, called World of Warcraft." Once that sinks into a non-gamers mind, it usually stays and judges.

Are gamers more socially understanding and accepting than the mainstream non-gaming populace?

Maybe. It depends on the gaming community you are with. I posted a blog about harassment of different sex on online gaming like Xbox Live. That post is one of my favorites I have written (and even got herded status) but the comments are even better. I read and saw that the GIO gaming community is very unique, not only do they respect but like Saint said, expect different gamers.

Like different gamers, there are different gaming communities or opinions. But today I would like to say the community I have joined and respect back, are very open to different gender, age, and so on. But the media world is not. 

I like online gaming, not only because it helps with boredom but many other gamers from around the world are there gaming with you. In my blog post I mentioned above, I didn't put Xbox Live or online gaming is a very flattering light. But I didn't say I don't like the system, I just don't like how people misuse it. I have the same opinion for other programs, like Facebook. It is a great idea and I enjoy using it but I don't much appreciate the way some "friends" use it.

 Like in my post, many gamers misuse online gaming. Some even seem to think it is a chatting program but other times there are gamers who don't misuse the system. Instead they talk to you equally, respectfully, and only stick with game-play topic.

I can't really answer this question, it is very complex. To compare the gaming community with the whole media oriented world would be huge. I can see what Saint is saying but I feel compelled to say yes and no. Like everything, there is many different groups of gaming. Like I mentioned above, there are different types of gamers, along with different opinions. 

I will leave off and say yes, the the gaming community I try to be with are very understanding and totally not the stereotyped gamers. But hey, we are still nerds. I feel that gaming if in the right group, are very accepting and comfortable. The world is almost poser-ish, but gamers, these gamers are not trying to be anything but themselves and there for, we are not posers nor the stereotyped.

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