Discussion in 'Video Games' started by darz1, Nov 2, 2018.
Guardian about GG. Country makes no difference, I would argue.
And you should know this already with other words - the use of "gay" in the schoolyard (and dictionary) is vastly different to what 2 men in a loving relationship would mean by it.
Edit: Also, I'm sorry, but L O L at "niche internet phenomenon" - check the number of mainstream links in my post, and tell me that's "niche".
Sorry, but until you are able to prove a correlation between the category and the behavior, other than 'it' s a category so big that of course assholes will also be a part of it' it's a simple generalization that doesn't hold to scrutiny.
Also, you are free to give the meaning you want to words, just don't pretend the rest of the world must follow you in this behavior.
yes, proudly tell people you’re a gamer. i don’t think any one here is going to stop you.
i’d recommend not comparing it to an ethnicity while you’re at it. or do, whatever.
Other people can refer to themselves whichever way they want, but I'd rather say I'm a person who enjoys playing games every now and then than risk being associated with online 'gamer' culture. The embarrassing hysteria with Diablo is just the latest in a long series of events -- predating GG even -- that underscore my feelings on this subject. It's not "self-hate," as some seem to call it, but really just embarrassment for the vocal fan culture and toxicity that gives the hobby a bad image.
And I get that this is hard to understand - I know someone who gets incredibly upset when I use a word whose colloquial meaning is different to the dictionary definitions - but it’s not an Era thing, and we’re not saying we’re the sole arbiters. Language changes through time, culture and usage, and has done forever.
I feel like I'm talking with crazy people here. Good day to you all.
With regards to Blizzard announcement and the reaction, it is not the reason why "gamers" carries a negative connotation. There is a discussion to be had about expressing disappointment by a bunch of hyper passionate fans but that disappointment is not steeped in and is a separate from a culture of harassment of women, racial minorities and LGBTQ members.
Here are some fine examples of Gaming culture from this forum itself:
From the thread: I am disappointed by the lack of diversity depicted in Squadron 42
From the thread: CDP tweets trash tweet about trans people AGAIN this time from GOG (Read OP)
From the thread: Assassin's Creed Odyssey has an Alexios Problem [Loomer]
Over 60 million Americans voted for Trump. So whenever I hear "I'm from the USA" or "I'm an American" I just think "Trump Supporter".
After all "American" doesn't just have a dictionary definition and 60 million of them voted for Trump so...
You might say I should split them up into "Trump supporter" or "Republican" or "Democrat" or whatever but... Nope.
I can hear them already "but I'm an American and I didn't vote for Trump". Ha! Nice try.
You all voted for the worst political figure the world has seen for decades, potentially ever. A sexist, racist piece of shit.
Hi , I’m from west Australia and I enjoy videogames
I take it as an insult honestly. Dont call me a gamer
I play games so that makes me a gamer. If some folks associate the word "gamer" to some other meaning then so what? Don't let others define who or what you are
Gaming culture, my fellow folks:
I game, what should I call myself to let people know what activity I enjoy?
I thought Lady Gaga identifying herself as a gamer would kill this debate, but here we are.
Let us remember this gem:
You are registered to a gaming forum.
Don't want to be called a gamer.
Sweet sweet irony.
Gaming is a young hobby after all, and it definitely went through its awkward teenage phase. Now it's fully mainsteam I think people want to distance themselves from the 'gamer' tag, that people adopted back in the days when it was an unpopular hobby and has become associated with some toxic behaviour. I'll still say I'm a gamer though, because saying 'someone who plays video games' is just irritatingly long winded, and using that in day to day conversation comes across like you're waiting for the opportunity to explain your thought process or start a debate. That in itself is cringey as fuck.
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