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Posted: Jul 19th 2010 8:23AM (Unverified) said

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Hah! If your friiends or coworkers give you wierd looks when you bring up gaming before they return to their conversation about American Idol or The Batchelor, perhaps it's time to re-evaluate the calibre of people with whom you associate.

Posted: Jul 19th 2010 11:38AM xyna031 said

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Touche!
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Posted: Jul 19th 2010 8:25AM Mirin said

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I have always tried to hide my dirty little secret from anyone not in my immediate circle, I made the mistake of opening up to a co worker one time about SWG and it turned out he played too! Sounds great? No it was horrifying. For the next two plus years a day didn't go by that I wasn't forced into some serious nerd chatter in front of other co workers who decided that we were both asshats. That was the first and last time I let my worlds collide.

Posted: Jul 19th 2010 8:28AM (Unverified) said

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No, but I'm not particularly proud of it either.

Posted: Jul 19th 2010 8:31AM Lobotomist said

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I am gamer, and i am totally ashamed.

Well not really ashamed, cause i am not. But i am certainly a victim of strong stigma of video gaming.

At work I am considered silly ,immature and irresponsible because of my interest in gaming. Although i always say "I game, and you watch TV. What is the difference ?"

As parent i am target of ridicule for my gaming hobby. And again am branded irresponsible parent.

I have to hide my gaming interest from my father in law , cause it proves his point that i am no good husband for his daughter.

And finally i am constantly under society branded self impression that i am wasting my time. While watching TV or working on your car is good way to waste your time ?

So yes, yes,yes

I am glad you brought this topic up.

Posted: Jul 19th 2010 8:37AM (Unverified) said

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Considering "normal" people my age are trying to destroy as much of their brain as possible with booze and drugs, I consider being a gamer a badge of pride and don't hide it from anyone.

I even have K.K. from Animal Crossing hanging off my belt with my keys :D

Posted: Jul 19th 2010 8:37AM timthel0rd said

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All my friends are gamers so I don't get this :P

But I don't bring up gaming when I'm tlaking to non-gamers, simply because it's not something I can have a convo about with them. Just like my dad doesn't talk too much about his steel industry work, cos I got no idea what's going on with it.

Posted: Jul 19th 2010 8:38AM (Unverified) said

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I talk about being a gamer in my Toastmaster speeches. I have a large Halo 3 thing hanging in my work cubicle. I also have a companion cube, portal coffee cup, and fallout 3 bobble head on display.

Yes, I'm proud to be a gamer.

Posted: Jul 19th 2010 10:10AM JustPlainJim said

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Hello, fellow Toastmaster!

My ice-breaker speech was on my (tabletop) gaming habits, and it sparked conversations with the other club members on various games.

I'm not ashamed of being a gamer, but then I'm almost cliché in my geekiness. I loan out board games and video games to my coworkers (or more often, their kids). I have a couple Super Mario do-dads on my desk at work, right next to a couple Transformers.
In my home, my collection of giant robot toys is proudly on display, which played a part in turning my brother's girlfriend into a fan.

I'm just proud of my geekdom and happen to hang around people that can appreciate it.
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Posted: Jul 19th 2010 11:07AM (Unverified) said

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I hear you there, I get ridiculed by my family frequently because I'd rather spend an evening playing my favorite MMO than sitting in a bar getting blind drunk, and probably getting into a fight or arrested for being drunk and disorderly. My social circle are largely into gaming themselves though, and colleagues at work just accept the fact that I game, play football, and have a life that doesn't revolve around hitting the bars on a friday night.

Posted: Jul 19th 2010 8:41AM Jhaer said

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Only insofar as it pertains to employment. Until I learn that a potential boss also likes games, I don't trot out that I do because of the possible stigma of "wasting time" with gaming and it being a distraction.

And I'm not immune either. When people tell me they play golf, I look down on them the same way other people look down on video games. Golf is such a waste of time.

Posted: Jul 19th 2010 10:10AM (Unverified) said

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Golf is sort of a game too you know... I play golf and I don't think it's a waste of time. It's just a matter of preference i guess... And besides, people won't think I'm weird or lame for playing a popular sports game as opposed to some video game. :P
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Posted: Jul 19th 2010 8:41AM (Unverified) said

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Yet we have these billion dollar companies like EA & Activision-Blizzard, that do nothing about spreading awareness or assuaging fears. EA especially needs to campaign to assuage parents, friends and coworkers and their fears of gaming since they have A: an FPS that takes place in an on going real world war zone. And B: Are working on a very expensive MMO that has the added stigma of ruining relationships and tearing lives apart due to the time required to play such a game.

We as a community can only push our hobby so far into the mainstream. Big business needs to give us a hand with those who don't understand it.

Posted: Jul 19th 2010 1:09PM toychristopher said

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I was just thinking this the other day. It would behoove gaming companies to someone change the stigma around playing video games. Of course it might just work itself out over time.
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Posted: Jul 19th 2010 2:07PM BigAndShiny said

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what they need to do, is get some really famous people who the public really like and think are really cool, and then put them into a campaign saying they play video games and find them "awesome".
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Posted: Jul 19th 2010 8:45AM deejrandom said

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I Don't see the point in 'hiding' anything. I don't know if I'll ever be one of those people that throws my gamer habits in the face of everyone around them, but I don't try to hide it either. I'm just me... People can take it or leave it.

Of course when I talk about throwing it in their face, I mean the people that seem to want to argue about "what it is to be a gamer" and what not. I do wear gaming shirts, carrying around a ds or a PSP, have gaming songs and such on my phone, talk about gaming...

But it is because I like gaming, not because I feel I have a point to prove. I did that stuff long before it was "cool" to be geeky, even if it isn't totally socially acceptable yet.

...which is a point I'd argue, by the way.

Then again, why should we care about it being accepted? That never stopped gamers before... I think gaming media and gamers are way to preoccupied with what others think of them. We need to grow some back bone and just *not care* and go on with our merry little lives, dang it, as a whole.

...so no I'm not ashamed XD

Posted: Jul 19th 2010 1:35PM (Unverified) said

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I completely agree!! Nice!
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Posted: Jul 19th 2010 8:45AM Drannos said

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Professionally, I keep gaming very, very quiet. Even working in "higher education", and for the IT department no less, I don't talk about gaming except with a very few coworkers with whom I share this hobby.

Personally, I don't flaunt it or advertise, but neither do I hide it. If it comes up, I talk about it openly. If it doesn't, there's always plenty of other subjects to cover.

I guess it comes down to how you feel about gaming yourself. If you buy into the stigmas with which mainstream society tries to label us, I can see how you'd feel less than interested in talking about your hobby. Personally, though gaming is my biggest passion (aside from my family), I don't find it a particularly unusual pastime, and therefore it rarely occurs to me to feel like it's something I should hide. But neither is it anyone's business, really.

Posted: Jul 19th 2010 8:46AM Greeen said

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I used to be a bit ashamed, but not anymore. I don't go "broadcasting" it though either.
Nowadays people/parents (relatives, friends, coworkers) actually ask for advice if their PC doesn't work, or "what is up with WoW", etc. :-D

Posted: Jul 19th 2010 8:50AM (Unverified) said

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I mostly keep it to myself. I have a few gamer friends, but even they think I'm weird -- they love their 360s and various FPS, and don't get why I play RPGs of all kinds on the PC. The only time we really could geek-out together was when Mass Effect 2 came out.

The people who tend to judge me the most are the people who sit on Facebook all day, and spend every night watching TV for 4+ hours.

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