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I honestly don’t play these specific games, but I DO play others.
If the title of this blog hasn’t scared you away yet, then please sit
and allow me to properly begin this with a small tale, based on a true
Once upon a time, in the far away kingdom of Port Hueneme,
California, there lived a young woman. Those who didn’t know her very
well assumed she was shy, while those who did would say quite the
opposite. Despite what others thought of her, she was at heart, a very
peaceful young lady. One who didn’t like violence (besides when she
would occasionally travel to the magical Land of Video Games) and always
believed that the Way of Love was the answer to all, if not most,
Her beliefs were put to the test one fine day during the Month of 12,
well into the late afternoon hours. Everything had been normal up to
that point. Her good friend was keeping himself busy in the kitchen area
while their young son was running back and forth, frolicking from one
room to the next with the energy of a 2-year-old. The young woman was
occupying herself by keeping one eye on the child at all times while
traversing the Digital Realm of the World Wide Web, made possible by the
16” screen-like portal she could put on her lap.
Her good friend came over to see what she had finally settled on and
was busying herself with. Not one to really care what others think of
her hobbies, she thought nothing of it. That is, until he laughed and in
a tone that indicated mockery, said she had turned into “nothing more
but a social gamer”.
The general reaction to that statement.
I didn’t…er, I mean she didn’t…know how to respond. For once
in a long time, she was left speechless. Her friend knew very well that
she liked games of all kinds, be it video, board, card, etc. To her,
there was no such thing as a specific brand of gamer and to label one as
such was, quite frankly, a bit distasteful. She’d heard stories of
others ridiculing social games and those who played them, and couldn’t
quite figure out why everyone disliked them so much. After all, a game
is a game and a gamer is a gamer, right? Why discriminate against those
who enjoy a slightly different form of gaming entertainment?
Well, she became angry at first, trying to (unsuccessfully) convince
her friend that she was not merely a “social gamer”. That she mostly
liked playing “hardcore” games, but found it refreshing to take a break
from a very intense session in the Land of Video Games and indulge in
something that was easier and, to her, just as fun. Her friend merely
scoffed at the idea and wouldn’t budge from his new label of her. It
seemed that to him, once you are a social gamer there’s no going back.
Your credibility has been tainted and you will no longer be considered a
“true” gamer until you quit.
After her unsuccessful attempts at convincing, she managed to calm
down enough to think. She hadn’t been upset about being labeled as
something specific (well, maybe a little). Rather, she was upset at the
tone in which her friend had said it. As if it was something ridiculous
to be ashamed of. She once again exercised the questions of why other
gamers thought it was such a bad thing. She honestly didn’t know and
decided that she would write her thoughts on it, posting said thoughts
into the Community portion within the Digital Realm of the World Wide
Web. Perhaps her confusion, and therefore her questions, would be
This is probably how I look like on a daily basis.
That’s the end of the story, but not the end of this discussion. I
guess where I’m going with this has to do with the fact that I’m
starting to get tired of how social games are constantly being berated
by those who consider themselves true gamers. I’m sure every single one
of you out there is sick of this topic, but it’s something that’s
bothered me for quite awhile. And as mentioned above, it’s something
that I just don’t understand.
Why hate on fellow gamers? Shouldn’t we all be sticking together and
praising those who share the same interest as us? Social games are still
games, no matter how much you try to deny it. After all, the word
“game” belongs to that of a broad spectrum. We should be trying to make
others feel welcome when regarding this term, not shun them and treat
them like outcasts. The gaming industry has already suffered enough by
those who don’t play and understand. Do you really want to become a part
of that suffering? I firmly believe that social games are the way to
bridge the gap between nonbelievers and gamers. I say we should put a
little more faith into them, for they may one day change the minds of
those who oppose games in the first place.
I don’t know how everyone else feels when it comes to this touchy
subject, but let me point something out. How many of you dislike
fanboys? You know, those who defend a specific game or console to the
fullest while at the same time, hating on the rival to the greatest
degree? Well, isn’t that exactly what’s happening when discrediting
social gamers as gamers? They are being hated upon, just like a fanboy
would do, because video games are supposedly superior and so much better
and blah, blah, blah…
*sigh* Fanboys… *shakes head*
I honestly don’t see anything wrong with liking ANY form of games. If
I decided to stop playing video games and only play Magic: The
Gathering, a card game, would you still consider me a gamer? What makes a
gamer…well, a gamer? I know people are entitled to their own opinions
regarding certain topics, and this just happens to be mine, but I don’t
think it’s right to hate on a certain group of people who consider
themselves something that the “hardcore” ones think they aren’t. And
this applies to all areas of life. Not just the game scene.
Okay, with my raving and ranting now done, let me pardon you from this blog with one final statement:
I’M A SOCIAL GAMER AND PROUD OF IT.
If I’m going to be labeled as one thing, even though I engage in
other activities more often, then I might as well do it with dignity, no