RSS iconTwitter iconFacebook icon

The Trek BBS title image

The Trek BBS statistics

Threads: 141,503
Posts: 5,511,223
Members: 25,135
Currently online: 471
Newest member: nonbelligerency

TrekToday headlines

Trek Paper Clips
By: T'Bonz on Dec 24

Sargent Passes
By: T'Bonz on Dec 23

QMx Trek Insignia Badges
By: T'Bonz on Dec 23

And The New Director Of Star Trek 3 Is…
By: T'Bonz on Dec 23

TV Alert: Pine On Tonight Show
By: T'Bonz on Dec 22

Retro Review: The Emperor’s New Cloak
By: Michelle on Dec 20

Star Trek Opera
By: T'Bonz on Dec 19

New Abrams Project
By: T'Bonz on Dec 18

IDW Publishing March 2015 Comics
By: T'Bonz on Dec 17

Paramount Star Trek 3 Expectations
By: T'Bonz on Dec 17


Welcome! The Trek BBS is the number one place to chat about Star Trek with like-minded fans. Please login to see our full range of forums as well as the ability to send and receive private messages, track your favourite topics and of course join in the discussions.

If you are a new visitor, join us for free. If you are an existing member please login below. Note: for members who joined under our old messageboard system, please login with your display name not your login name.


Go Back   The Trek BBS > Entertainment & Interests > Gaming

Gaming Non-Star Trek Gaming

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old March 10 2014, 07:06 PM   #1
Civ001
Lieutenant Junior Grade
 
Why do people judge gamers?

I would like to know, why do people still judge people for playing video games? Its 2014 and I can't believe stuff like: video games are a waste of time or are for children is still being said in this day and age. Why do so many people judge people for liking to play video games?
Civ001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 10 2014, 08:12 PM   #2
Solstice
Sexy Wizard
 
Solstice's Avatar
 
Location: I'm so lost T_T
View Solstice's Twitter Profile Send a message via ICQ to Solstice Send a message via AIM to Solstice Send a message via Windows Live Messenger to Solstice Send a message via Yahoo to Solstice
Re: Why do people judge gamers?

Who under 40 says stuff like that anymore?
__________________
Robert Maxwell
I has a blag.
I put on my robe and wizard hat...
Solstice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 10 2014, 08:14 PM   #3
RESPCT
SPCTRE
 
RESPCT's Avatar
 
Location: Skyhold
View RESPCT's Twitter Profile
Re: Why do people judge gamers?

^ I was going to say, the OP's "people" are in the process of quite literally dying out.
__________________
“Metro [...] is designed for casual users [...] designed for your computer illiterate little sister, for grandpas who don’t know how to use that computer dofangle thingy, and for mom who just wants to look up apple pie recipes. [...] the antithesis of a power user.”
— Windows UI designer J. Miller
RESPCT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 10 2014, 08:30 PM   #4
JirinPanthosa
Rear Admiral
 
Re: Why do people judge gamers?

In countries like Japan, video games are considered something you give up when you take on adult responsibilities.

It's only recently that in the US it became socially acceptable for adults to play a lot of video games, and people who don't play video games still associate them with manchildren who live in their parents' basement. In reality, lots of people with good jobs and families are still playing into adulthood. Just, in the 1980s when the older gamers started gaming, the games they played were designed explicitly for children, so it's hard for people older than that to unlearn that association.

Also you don't get a lot of portrayal of casual gamers in the media. Most gamers you see and hear about are the 8 hour a day MMO junkies. In reality most gamers fall more in the 5-10 hour a week, not interfering with social, family, or work responsibilities category. But the public face of gamers is the WoW episode of South Park and Big Bang Theory.
JirinPanthosa is online now   Reply With Quote
Old March 10 2014, 08:32 PM   #5
-Brett-
Rear Admiral
 
Re: Why do people judge gamers?

Play a little on xbox live, virtually any MMO, or visit a dedicated gaming site. With those people as our representatives, it's no wonder the rest of the world thinks we're losers.
-Brett- is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 11 2014, 12:59 AM   #6
RoJoHen
Awesome
 
RoJoHen's Avatar
 
Location: QC, IL, USA
Re: Why do people judge gamers?

I know very few people that don't play video games, so I honestly have no idea who the OP is talking about.
__________________
I am the Quintessential Admiral.
RoJoHen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 11 2014, 01:01 AM   #7
JarodRussell
Vice Admiral
 
JarodRussell's Avatar
 
Re: Why do people judge gamers?

Video games have that aspect that you are playing them alone. Even if you do online multiplaying, you are sitting alone in a room. Movies and TV shows have a different image. You watch stuff together.

But everyone plays video games. And games are the next big storytelling medium, TV and movies will die sooner or later.
JarodRussell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 11 2014, 01:55 AM   #8
Herkimer Jitty
Rear Admiral
 
Herkimer Jitty's Avatar
 
Location: Dayglow, New California Republic
Send a message via Windows Live Messenger to Herkimer Jitty
Re: Why do people judge gamers?

Civ001 wrote: View Post
I would like to know, why do people still judge people for playing video games? Its 2014 and I can't believe stuff like: video games are a waste of time or are for children is still being said in this day and age. Why do so many people judge people for liking to play video games?
They're jealous of your gamerscore.
__________________
STAR TREK: 1964-1965½, 1966-1969, Jan. 21-23 1972, 1979-2001, 2003-2005, 2009-?
Herkimer Jitty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 11 2014, 02:14 AM   #9
JirinPanthosa
Rear Admiral
 
Re: Why do people judge gamers?

JarodRussell wrote: View Post
Video games have that aspect that you are playing them alone. Even if you do online multiplaying, you are sitting alone in a room. Movies and TV shows have a different image. You watch stuff together.

But everyone plays video games. And games are the next big storytelling medium, TV and movies will die sooner or later.
You see games replacing TV/movies as the most popular storytelling medium? I love games, but the stories that make good games are different than the kinds of stories that make good tv/movies.

Video games are inherently more social than TV and film. Even when you're watching a film with somebody you're sitting silently staring at the screen. The exception, of course, being when you're watching bad movies to collectively make wisecracks about them. But video games have local multiplayer options both coop and versus. Men bond over video games, I know parents who bond with their children over video games. Some video games are not social, but the medium is inherently very social.
JirinPanthosa is online now   Reply With Quote
Old March 11 2014, 10:27 AM   #10
C.E. Evans
Vice Admiral
 
C.E. Evans's Avatar
 
Location: Ferguson, Missouri, USA
Re: Why do people judge gamers?

Historically, people always judge other people who are into things they aren't into or just don't understand.
__________________
"Don't sweat the small stuff--it makes you small-minded..."
C.E. Evans is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 11 2014, 02:33 PM   #11
Solstice
Sexy Wizard
 
Solstice's Avatar
 
Location: I'm so lost T_T
View Solstice's Twitter Profile Send a message via ICQ to Solstice Send a message via AIM to Solstice Send a message via Windows Live Messenger to Solstice Send a message via Yahoo to Solstice
Re: Why do people judge gamers?

My parents, who are in their 50s, were playing video games with me in the '80s. I doubt they were the only ones. Video games are fast becoming just another entertainment medium that respectable people everywhere can enjoy without stigma.

Anime fans, on the other hand...
__________________
Robert Maxwell
I has a blag.
I put on my robe and wizard hat...
Solstice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 11 2014, 06:28 PM   #12
FPAlpha
Vice Admiral
 
FPAlpha's Avatar
 
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Re: Why do people judge gamers?

SPCTRE wrote: View Post
^ I was going to say, the OP's "people" are in the process of quite literally dying out.
Not really when you have contact with the polar opposite, i.e. people who have a very active, i.e. much sports lifestyle and are generally outdoor people.

Now it always depends on the character of the person but i've met plenty of people who think gaming is for kids, nerds and basement dwellers and they look down on such people because their lifestyle is the one and only true lifestyle and everybody should be doing it.

However the general attitude has changed tremendously since i've been a kid 30 years ago and the computer/console scene was in its infancy in the early 80s.

Having a computer back then, even if it were only a C64 and knowing how it worked besides loading up games put you immediately in the nerd category.

It only started to change with Nintendo consoles and finally the barrier broke when the Playstation and later on the Xbox broke the barrier.

Now even so called jocks and everybody else sat down once in a while to play some Halo, Call of Duty or some of the million sports games available so it became socially more acceptable and on top of it regularly beats Hollywood in revenue by a large margin now.

So the time is thankfully over when you get strange looks once people see some consoles or computers at your place.
__________________
"Zhu Li Moon.. will you do the thing for the rest of our lives?" Varrick
FPAlpha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 11 2014, 07:23 PM   #13
Herkimer Jitty
Rear Admiral
 
Herkimer Jitty's Avatar
 
Location: Dayglow, New California Republic
Send a message via Windows Live Messenger to Herkimer Jitty
Re: Why do people judge gamers?

Robert Maxwell wrote: View Post
Anime fans, on the other hand...
What a bunch of nerds.
__________________
STAR TREK: 1964-1965½, 1966-1969, Jan. 21-23 1972, 1979-2001, 2003-2005, 2009-?
Herkimer Jitty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 11 2014, 07:29 PM   #14
Solstice
Sexy Wizard
 
Solstice's Avatar
 
Location: I'm so lost T_T
View Solstice's Twitter Profile Send a message via ICQ to Solstice Send a message via AIM to Solstice Send a message via Windows Live Messenger to Solstice Send a message via Yahoo to Solstice
Re: Why do people judge gamers?

It's not a subculture unless it has another subculture to look down on.
__________________
Robert Maxwell
I has a blag.
I put on my robe and wizard hat...
Solstice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 11 2014, 08:15 PM   #15
Shik
Commander
 
Shik's Avatar
 
Location: It's the 3 most important things in business.
Re: Why do people judge gamers?

Robert Maxwell wrote: View Post
It's not a subculture unless it has another subculture to look down on.
That's what furries are for. Which reminds me, Anthrocon should be coming back to town soon.
__________________
Be the chaos you wish to see in the world.
Shik is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 04:22 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
FireFox 2+ or Internet Explorer 7+ highly recommended.