[The video to the Today show segment is here at 1up.com I’m linking to that instead of just straight up embedding here because I don’t think WordPress will let me. They’re very picky about their video embeds.]
There’s a certain aspect about the video game culture that seems to get everyone in a tizzy. It’s that anyone who isn’t a gamer doesn’t understand what it’s like to be a gamer. As a gamer myself sometimes I don’t really understand it. See here’s the problem:
Last Friday on ‘The Today Show’s’ Kathy-Lee and Hoda segment, they had Donny Deutsch come on the show and talk about Men things, Men Relationship-y things. The topic of that day was “Should men over 30 play video games?” Deutsch’s answer was simple. “It’s weird.” Then game blogs, and internet forums all over the place erupt in a fit of Defensiveness without actually discussing the topic at hand.
That’s the one thing I don’t really like as a gamer, nobody really talks about these things, there just bitch about it and carry on. I think it’s okay to agree on some things sometimes. Like yes, it’s perfectly okay to play games with your kids, that’s actually passing the torch from one generation to the next in a sense. The Occasional gaming session when you have the time is perfectly acceptable too. The kids are asleep the wife is in bed, grab a glass of water and play for an hour. The thing I appreciate about portable gaming is that I can scratch that itch on the go when I have time.
Well look, the idea that men gaming over 30 is weird is BECAUSE there’s other things in life that (in that point in time) are more important to you. By then people have serious jobs, wives, kids, houses, serious responsible adult things. The weirdness shouldn’t be that you occasionally play a game at night or when you have time or with your kids. The weirdness comes with the frequency. If you’re in your 30s and above still playing games as much as you did when you were younger (Unless you’re being paid to do this) then it’s weird. It comes off as you not doing anything with your life.
I know I know, it’s a bit of a terrible stereotype. but it’s a stereotype for a reason. Because there’s the majority of people out there that are like that ruining it for anyone else that thinks they have some sort of higher intellect. So those of you who are “smarter that those idiots” cry about it on the internet because you feel insulted. I’m not going to blame you, but a lot vast majority of these people are still children that just hear the words ‘gamer’ and ‘stupid’ then proceed to attack.
If you’re not in that age range, and not even close to getting any serious with your life then it doesn’t apply to you. If you’re in your 30s or above and can healthily manage your hobby with your life, then it doesn’t apply to you. If you’re in your 30s or above and have really done nothing with your life but play video games all the time. then YEAH! That’s weird! you either deal with it (like you probably will) or you look at your life and see what needs changing around.
End of story.