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Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 9:11AM Muddleglum said

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I have never even met someone matching that sterotype. It makes me wonder how it came about.

Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 2:32PM Bartlebe said

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Oh boy, i've met a few for sure. They're mostly recluses.
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Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 9:14AM (Unverified) said

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I drastically defy some of the stereotypes and fall right into others.

For starters, I'm gay, so that kind of kills the whole "heterosexual male" stereotype/statistic. I exercise, stay in good shape, though good shape for me seems to be perpetually scrawny/slender, but I'm not overweight or anything. I'm not antisocial by any means. I have a wide range of friends of both genders and of both the gamer and non-gamer variety, and love meeting new people and am actually proficient at talking to people, getting to know them, and making friends - though I am pretty shy, so that's a nerd stereotype I guess. I'm not super-violent or anything like that - actually rather on the pacifistic side - so screw you, media. I have no plans of going on a shooting spree anytime soon, barring the occurrence of a zombie apocalypse.

On the other side of things, though, at least half of my t-shirts are gaming related - Zelda, WoW, D&D, Resident Evil - you name it, I've got a shirt for it. So it's pretty obvious to anyone who's in on the culture that I'm a nerd, but while I'm obviously not ashamed of my nerdiness, I don't tend to go babbling on about it to people who aren't interested. I'm pretty well-read and up-to-date on a variety of topics, so I usually have a pretty easy time of conversation with non-gamers as well.

Let's see... I'm currently sans significant other, but that's more by choice than circumstance. I'll admit that I have shirked schoolwork from time to time in favor of a game, but overall I don't let it interfere too much, and not once have I ever skipped a social event in favor of gaming. It's one of the reasons I can never be a hardcore raider - I'll cancel a raid in favor of a social outing without a second thought.

Oh, and I am pretty sloppy. I have Coke cans and empty glasses and such on my desk around my computer pretty much constantly, but that's rarely a result of gaming and almost always a result of late-night modeling/texturing/animating binges for school.

And of course, I do use MMO lingo in conversation a lot of the time, even with my friends who aren't gamers. What can I say? I'm just not ashamed of it, I guess. I see no reason to be. But usually it's actually not MMO lingo so much as internet lingo that most people would comprehend. I have been known to make the odd skill-up/level-up/aggro joke around gamer friends though.

So in a nutshell, yeah, I'm a nerd, but I'm a pretty socially well-adjusted one.

Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 9:19AM Wisdomandlore said

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10 years ago I might have. I don't think I do anymore. Then again, gamers are growing up, and most of us aren't moving in to our mom's basement (although with the economy, who could blame us?).

Even in media, the image of the "gamer" is changing. When I see people playing games in magazines or ads, they're always late 20s, vaguely ethnic, and they're having the TIME OF THEIR LIVES!!! WOOOO!!!! Also they're holding the controller wrong...because they're models who've never played a video game before. http://www.gamespy.com/articles/106/1066150p1.html

Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 9:26AM (Unverified) said

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if you are female, you don't fit the MMO stereotype

Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 9:55AM DeadlyAccurate said

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Missed it in one chromosome!

Let's see. Married for 16 years. No problems talking with the opposite sex. (Finding friends of the same sex is actually far more difficult). Desk is messy with bills and retirement fund documents, but I don't like actual trash on it. Grammar and spelling are nigh perfect (now watch me have an error in this post since I said that), because I'm a writer, and it's what I do. I'm in good physical condition, consider exercise to be very important, and I even try to do non-game stuff at times.

If I were going to take off work time for a game, it would be carefully planned so all my priorities are first in order, and if I were working a corporate job, I would use my vacation days for it. I have used MMO speak outside MMOs, though in most cases it occurs during a D&D game. But not always.

I have several gamer friends, and I don't know any who fits the stereotype. Not as D&D gamers or as computer/console gamers. Even the single guys own their own homes and hold down good jobs.
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Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 9:29AM Ocho said

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I think I fit a few stereotypes... but definitely not all of them. I think I fit into the 'casual gamer'. I do play when I can, but not at forsaking other things (aside from sleep :) ). I would rather go out to a bar with friends or play in our weekly ultimate game, or other social activities first. I do not miss work because of a game. I am dating a woman that I've been with for a long time and we are to be married in July, and she is fine with my gaming habits.

However, although I, myself, am a clean person, I do tend to game rather than clean up the space around me sometimes. So my own personal space isn't the tidiest. And I'm not the most physically fit person in the world, either. I can run a few miles, but you won't see me running marathons. So, I do have some stereotypes, but just by looking at me, I'm not sure one would know that I'm an MMO fan.

Oh yeah, and the only MMO terms I use in real life would probably be ones that are more abundant in other places, too... terms like epic or fail, which have grown out of the MMO genre and into the mainstream.

Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 9:30AM (Unverified) said

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Im pretty close to the stereotype, only recently overweight due to the new sedentary desk job, but not by a whole lot. I have good hygene but I dont keep up with appearances, so I look shaggy most of the time. Only my used clothes are messy in the apartment, I dont live with any parents. I take meds for depression, but going unhinged was never a concern. I havent played any MMO's recently since I quit WoW due to dissatisfaction. Ive played MMO's since the AO beta and loved them but, recently havent had interest in any one in particular. Not a social butterfly outside of my work/home/personal friends hangouts. But I have many friends within gaming, irl and over the internet. I have a decent job, but it could be alot better. I dont talk much about gaming to strangers, its something I need to feel out in someone first.

I hate hotpockets and red bull. I never had the opportunity to take off work to raid, but I did sometimes just raided when friends were over the house, however they usually were with my roomates doing nothing in particular. I speak eloquently and type 80-100 words per minute. I have infact used MMO speak in daily life on purpose, I like Call of Duty MW2 but I also do find it frustrating sometimes. And unfortunately while I do date from time to time Ive never had a girlfriend.

Is that the stereotype? Probably. Do I care? No. Just respect yourself and people who mind you dont matter, while people who matter dont mind. ^^

Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 9:45AM AlamoeJones said

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I'm a skinny nerd with glasses who still lives with his parents and I own that Nerf gatling gun (long story), however it is not modified and only shoots the foam bullets.The similarities pretty much end there. I can't stand it when people don't type in proper English, most of my close friends are girls, and I've never raided...nor do I particularly want to.

So I'd have to agree this stereotype comes from a true place, but everyone is there own individual self and should be respected as such. Good luck getting any outside-the-gaming-industry-news-sources to recognize that though.

Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 10:29AM (Unverified) said

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I would say that I am a functional nerd. That is to say, I have the ability to interact with other people and talk about things that did not happen in/on a server/book/game/etc. I even talk to girls (though, to little avail as to dating one...). I hold a steady job and have only once put a game before it, though I do plan to take my vacation the same week Cataclysm launches. I'm an udder slob but that's a lifelong battle that has nothing to do with being a nerd or any other factor in my life other than being lazy. I fall into some stereotypes but I'm not the kind of nerd we all avoid becoming.

Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 10:01AM (Unverified) said

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How did Massively get that picture of me?!!!

Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 10:18AM (Unverified) said

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I play MMOs almost everyday
I'm also paid to skateboard for a living. Does this fit the stereotype?
I think the original gamer stereotype went out in the 90s. Everyone games these days.

Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 10:16AM Ripper McGee said

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Would I stay holed up in a room playing games all day long if I could? Sometimes.

That being said, I'm 39, have a family, own my own house, do actual outdoor activities (bike riding, camping, practicing soccer and baseball with my kids for their teams) and have a consulting career where I'm not only required to speak with people, but am a successful trainer and a popular public speaker at my technical conferences.

I'm part of the first generation of electronic gamers, starting with Pong. I've grown up with gaming my entire life and now am happy to share that enjoyment with my kids (responsibly). Even better, my passion for gaming has given me the opportunity to actually do some work in the industry.

Am I a nerd/geek? Yes, it pays well and is fun, but it doesn't begin to describe all of me.

~Ripper

Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 10:19AM Shazzie said

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My husband & I use gamer lingo in real life all the time, and have since we got hooked to our first MMO- the original EverQuest, when it first released. However, inadvertent gamer lingo? Erm. I've said "AFK" to someone I was on the phone with, instead of "Hang on a sec". I totally didn't realize what I'd said. The great thing? Neither did they, until I came back and after a while, thought about it, and said "Did I tell you AFK back there...?" That's not purely 'gaming lingo', however. Amongst gaming friends, though, gaming lingo creeps in just like any other everyday words, even when not discussing gaming. I would NOT be surprised if it's slipped out in other conversations with non-gamers who just, luckily, never pointed it out. Perhaps they were simply used to it from others, who knows.

As to other stereotypes...Our computer room is kept fairly tidy, though the cats have been known to perform as miniature wrecking crews now and then. Really poor versions of typing, spelling, or grammar drive me absolutely bonkers...I can go on rants about 'you' vs. 'u', and the their/there/they're conundrum. I never missed work to raid, even back when I was working before I became disabled. Missed SLEEP to raid, or just stay up all night gaming, sure. I'm 37, oh so very much past the teenage years, and I'll still find myself doing that when I get my hands on a shiny new RPG. I think I'll finally feel 'old' when I can't do that any longer.

Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 10:55AM Lctwo said

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I do not think I fit well with the stereotype. I am a 30 year old, married male with a college degree, law degree and masters in tax law. I practice tax law professionally, I exercise regularly (at least 4 times a week), eat very healthy and maintain a healthy weight.

I only game on the weekends because that is the only time during my week I have free. But I love keeping up with the industry on massively.com and mmorpg.com during the week while I am at the office

Frankly, I think the stereotype is quite overstated by media outlets.

Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 10:57AM (Unverified) said

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Definitely not the first one, certainly the last one. I do eat a lot of junk food (And still under-weigh all of you, hah! :P), too.

I feel, that the certain terminology, is rather common if you do any activity for an extensive period of the time. Those who text a lot and use shorthand in said texts may end up typing it out as well where it's not necessary. Those who have terminology in video games or sports may also find themselves using that lingo in everyday activities, it's certainly not limited to just video games.

As for never seeing the opposite sex? Can't say I have *ever* found a gamer who has *never* spoken to the opposite sex before. Whether it be online or offline. Hell, if you're a raider on WoW then you're most likely going to be using some form of voice-chat, and there are plenty of gamers of both genders nowadays.

If you've never had ANY offline interaction with a female, *at all*, then I'd seriously feel sorry for you. Sure, it's possible, but if your parents coddled you for that long then never talking to anyone wouldn't be the first problem you have.

Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 11:17AM (Unverified) said

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I am married with 3 children, in the military full time (CQB/MOUT Instructor) and I tech martial arts. I am also a fervid WoW player, I dont think that I fit the sterotype!

Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 11:14AM J Brad Hicks said

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I am overweight, but who in America above the age of 30 isn't? And NutriSystem is quite successfully taking care of that. And far from having no social life, I spend at least as many hours in an average week out hanging out with friends, either just going out to dinner, or catching a movie, or my weekly book-and-AV club, or the monthly polymunch, or a party at somebody's house.

I'm a retired former computer networking engineer who spends roughly the same number of hours per day in an MMO that most people spend watching TV; my total TV watching, most days, consists of watching a smidgen over an hour of news. MMOs substitute for TV, with me, only with fewer advertisements and more mental engagement. It's the people who spend all (expletive) evening every night glued to their TVs who are the morbidly obese jobless, sexless losers.

I am, however, an unapologetic Star Trek fan. But let's face it, calling Star Trek "nerdy" is like calling Harry Potter "nerdy," it's that mainstream.

Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 11:34AM Valentina said

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Nope, I don't fit many, if any of the stereotypes. I got into gaming via my brother who is 5 years older than me and he tried to get me into it ever since I was little and I used to suck miserably at it until I was a teenager. We joke about it sometimes, because people are always surprised when they find out that I play games. Some of his friends fit some of the stereotypes, but not all of them. I've never met someone who falls into the category and the full image people paint of gamers.

I'm a very clean person, and very conscious about my appearance, I haven't lived at home in 3 years now, and I don't talk or communicate in "nerd speak" or "binary". In fact I find it annoying :P

Posted: Jun 22nd 2010 12:00PM (Unverified) said

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Seriously though, not many of us are the stereotype. I would suggest that mmo players are more goal oriented people that enjoy working for their success instead of receiving instant gratification. (HEADSHOT!) I hold two university degrees and am a triathlon athlete. Its the grind that makes the glory that much sweeter to us. I have been married for 5 years to a woman that loves MMOs. She probably logs more time than me. When she tells people that she plays MMOs and thinks that WoW (because that's where everybody knows of "mmo" from) is a children's game people don't know how to respond. It makes me sad that people consider us creatures of the night with no social life.

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