The Gaming Industry is already known to be one of the biggest industries in the world with the capability to beat the Box Office, Music Sales, and even currently keeping the economy alive. This is a business and as a business it should be taken seriously right?
Gaming has played a significant role in my life. I play every chance I get and when I am at school, you will usually find me ranting on about the latest games, trailers, and just the industry in general. Some people even come to me to find out what is coming out and when, my opinions about a game or just start a conversation for fun. I don’t mind at all.
It makes me feel good inside. But lately I have been getting a bunch of negative feedback from parents and people at my parent’s work place. They always state that gaming is ruining their kid’s life and how gaming is really just something kids should not do.
There are even ad campaigns against gaming! I have seen one that states “Gaming shortens the lives of children.” I read this with some surprise that an agency would actually go far as to attack the industry as if it were as dangerous as smoking or drinking alcohol. What makes it all the worse is that I, myself, can’t be looked at seriously.
People tend to look at me while listening to my gaming rant and give me this weird look as if my life is a joke. At times, my friends and I like to just walk around in uptown Long Beach and just talk about anything that comes to mind and, for me, that’s gaming.
We walk into stores and sometimes occasionally stop and sit as people walk by or stand around near us acting like they aren’t listening to what we are saying. The fact of matter is, they are listening. I watch these people walk around, and pretend to mind their business. I’m not stupid though. I can see them rolling their eyes. I can see them taking my talk as a joke when I’m sounding as serious as can be. I can see that.
Another thing that bugs me is when people assume I don’t have a life because of my gaming. I have been given so many insults at school and by so many people about how I stay at home and play video games. People always make the assumption that I don’t have any friends because of it. So many insults have been shot at me because of Video gaming and this shit needs to stop!
Crappy shows like Dr. Phil are getting in on the “Video Games are bad” boat. I don’t watch these shows often. Only if I’m at someone’s house and they are watching it, then I don’t have a choice.
I have seen a Dr. Phil episode where a parent had some kid who was violent and a drug addict. The mom later stated that he began to play violent video games while all this drama was happening. I watched this and just think, “Your son was already bad from the start lady. Blame yourself for neglecting him.”
I am just sick of people thinking that gaming is a joke. Plus, a big thing about games is that the gaming industry is currently one of the things keeping the economy alive. People are buying games even when the world is in such a rut resulting in some heavy marketing.