I know about this subject for awhile now and it has been discussed many times before. Unfortunately no matter how many times it has been discussed and how many times it has been brought up, there are still so many ignorant people out there. I want to bring this subject out for the true gamers on this forum so we can discussed why people still think video gaming is for kids.
This hit home for me many times and it does bug me how ignorant people are. I am 33 years old. I considered in the catagory of a full grown adult. I have many hobbies and one of them is obviously playing video games. A a month ago I went to my girlfriend's parents house to hangout with her parents because she is now my fiance and we planning on getting married in 2016. So it is fitting that I should hangout with her parents more. So we had dinner at her house and I was hanging out with her dad. We talk and he asked me a lot of questions which was fine. Then when he came across my hobbies I told him about me liking to watch sports and motorcycles and video gaming. He stopped and was like "excuse me, did you just said video gaming? Like Super Mario video gaming?" The ignorant just smash me in the face with that question and I knew what he was about to say. "Aren't you a little too old for video gaming?" I told him it is a big misconception that video gaming is only for kids or young adults. I told him I do somtimes spend hours playing video games but I also spend hours riding motorcycles and other hobbies. " I am not a loser sitting in the basement at my mom's house playing video games all night" He said "no I didn't mean it that way. I always thought video games was only for kids" So I end up having to educate his ignorant.
Now why do I care so much of what he thinks? Well he will be my father in law and it seems like I am not fitting to marry his daughter because I play video games and Im a man child. The prejudgement of gamers are still rediculous to me. When I first dated my girlfriend she was also ignorant about video games. It was almost a turnoff for her when I told her on our first date that I love to play video games. Eventually she understood what I meant and she became a gamer also. She played mostly the sims and farmville and all those kind of games. Now I have to educate her dad now.
Video gaming has been popular since the mid 80's. I am an 80's child so i grew up during the big boom of video gaming. Yes I know it start in the early 70's with Odyssey but the video gaming didn't become big until Nintendo put it on the map. I used to play a lot more than I am now since I have a career now but I still play a lot compared to most people. I have a gaming PC and a console which I use a lot. I find it fustrating how people are still having this misconceptions that video gaming is for kids. If they look at the facts, the % of people who buy games and play them are in their 30's not their teens. People around my age group grew up in gaming. Now a days video games are not just jumping on platforms and cute little cartoony games. It is more complex now and you need to be an adult at times to understand it. A 7 year old won't know what to do on a lot of games that came out now a days. I want more people to understand gaming instead of being so ignorant. Some love gaming so much they became developers. Does it bother you that people still are so ignorant about gamers in general? I know doctors and lawyers who still enjoy playing video games.
I want to know your age and if you will ever stop gaming? I think I probably be gaming until im 70 lol.
Edited by epicwolf, November 24, 2014 - 08:06 AM.