Southpark portrays a Gamer from the episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft"

Just the mention of the word seems to conjure images of overweight, acne-ridden males, living in their parent’s basements, surviving on a diet of Burger Rings and Redbull. They are smelly, unsociable cave dwellers; sporting their sweat laden t-Shirts with the latest internet meme that would only ever make sense to another ‘gamer’ that they have no chance of running into, as they never leave their darkened rooms.

Or are they?

Gary M. Grobman tells us that “a “stereotype” is a generalization about a person or group of persons. We develop stereotypes when we are unable or unwilling to obtain all of the information we would need to make fair judgments about people or situations. In the absence of the “total picture,” stereotypes in many cases allow us to “fill in the blanks.”

It seems that gaming culture has grown up with a stereotyped image of the ‘average’ gamer. Tell someone at a BBQ that you enjoy playing games and you are usually met with a look like you just told them that you like torturing small animals. Don’t even try, as The Sydney Morning Herald did, to explain that “If you don’t play games, you’re not just missing out, you’re ignoring the most rapidly evolving creative medium in history.” Because you will simply be met with a reply that is prevalent on most game related articles such as;

“Put down that silly controller, get out, hop on a bike, go for a bushwalk, surf, etc, etc. A bazillion times healthier and more social to boot.” or “You’re a nerd who still plays computer games….FAIL!”

But can we blame society for thinking that gamers are nothing more than a bunch of socially awkward pre-teen boys that never grew up. Boys that are forever ‘on the edge’, ready to march into a local high school with a handgun or re-enact our latest exploits or pixel based violence and pornography on society?

Atkinson wants Gamers to "Face the real world"

Michael Atkison, former South Australian Attorney-General, has made public his views about games and gamers during his push to block an R18+ classification for video games, referring to the games as “terrorist simulators’ and going even further, stating that his family was “more at risk from gamers than we are from the outlaw motorcycle gangs who also hate me”. But it’s not only Mr Atkinson that has this view of Gamers…

Caroline Overington is an opinion writer for “The Australian”. In February 2010, Overington

wrote an article in which she said “anyone over the age of 30 who spends any time deep in some sagging sofa, console in one hand, the other down the front of their pants, imagining themselves to be a combatant in some pretend city, is lame.”

She goes on to attack gamers with horrible generalised statements. “they don’t participate in life in any meaningful way”, She paints gamers as jobless ‘sadsacks’ who “withtheir wet hands and their weak chins,[would] never get through an interview.”

Caroline Overington believes that adults that choose to play video games are "major-league lame."

It is this kind of media representation of ‘Gamers’ and gaming culture that perpetuates the stereotype. But how true is the stereotype? Are all gamers young guys with no life?

At this point, it might make sense to define the word ‘gamer’. A gamer is, put simply, a person who plays games. Now, back in the days of the local fish and chip shop arcade machine, this may have been a fairly limited number of individuals. It might even be important to note that the word ‘gamer’ is simply a label that we apply to a group of individuals that have an interest in a certain form of media.

Sam Hinton is a senior lecturer in media and the course convenor for the Media Arts and Production degree at the University of Canberra. In 2006 Sam was awarded his PhD from La Trobe University and also had the opportunity to, via invitation from Id Software, attend the annual Quakecon where he helped fellow ‘modders’ showcase their modifications that they had made to Id Software’s Quake 3. Sam has a keen interest in the sociological aspects of computer games and suggests that perhaps the issue is less about ‘stereotypes’ and more about the way that society creates labels for people in an attempt to make sense of the world and people or around them.  These labels are even used as a tool, as can be evidenced by people like Michael Atkison and Caroline Overington, to meet their own agendas.

Good Games' Rei explores gaming in the professional world." - Video

When a person declares that they are a gamer, they are simply placing themselves within a community of like minded individuals.

When Atkinson uses the word gamer, he is making a statement about the type of people who spend their free time playing games. He is more interested in using the term as a negative, pushing his stance on the dangers of introducing an R18+ classification for video games onto an unprepared Australia.   Atksinons campaign was based upon propaganda and prejudices, making him a demagogue. When Caroline Overington uses the label gamer, she is doing so to place gamers into a ridiculed minority, simply to enforce the stereotype for the sake of a few laughs at the ‘sad sacks’ and to push her own personal agenda.

I think the real problem we are facing may not be the stereotype of a ‘gamer’ but the fact that we need to entertain the fact that the word holds any real meaning at all.

According to a study done by Bond University, we are told that 79% of Australian households have a device for playing computer and video games. Xbox 360’s, PS3s, Nintendo DS, Personal Computers, iPhones – we have gaming at our fingertips.

"Pocket Sized" gaming now means that we have access to games wherever we go.

Whether it is sitting in front of our glossy 50” High Definition Plasma television screen, or standing on a busy city bus playing Plants vs Zombies on our iPhone, gaming is accessible to everyone, everywhere.

It would seem that there isn’t even something as simple as a Gamer anymore. As the medium has expanded, it seems that the industry has decided that it would be easier to place the gamer into a specific subgroup! Take your pick. Are you a Hardcore gamer? A Retro Gamer? Are you a pro or a noob, or dare I even mention it – a ‘casual’ gamer.

Casual games are generally games that are produced to appeal to the mass audience. A lot of your ‘hardcore’ gamers would tell you that anything you buy for your Nintendo Wii from Wii Sport to Wii Fit, are casual games. Games for other consoles like Singstar and Buzz! could also be labeled ‘casual games’, but probably one of the most well-known ‘casual games is Farmville!

81,427,680 users play "Farmville"

If you have logged into your Facebook account lately, there is no doubt that your wall will have been spammed with your friends and relatives letting you know that they have reached the next level of farming, earned a ribbon or planted some fantastic crop.

Farmville, created by ‘casual game developer’ Zynga has become one of the most popular applications on Facebook, with a mind-blowing 81,427,680 monthly users as of April 20, 2010! The website Casual Connect ran an article on the Casual Games Market in 2007 which suggests suggest that the casual gaming demographic vary greatly to those of ‘traditional computer games, typically being older and with over 74% of them being, wait for it, women! And it’s not just ‘casual’ games that women are playing either.

The “Interactive Australia 2007 : facts about the Australian computer and video game industry’ paper goes on to tell us that 41% of all gamers are female and that on average, these gamers are 28 years old!


But wait, haven’t we already established that all gamers are young boys or socially retarded men?

Steph goes a long way to casting a different light on what a 'gamer' is.

Stephanie Bendixsen (aka Hex) of ABC Televisions “Good Game” goes a long way to dispelling the myth of the ‘male only’ game culture, but then seems to automatically fall into another stereotype, or labelling, of ‘girl gamer’.

When Hex joined the Good Game crew in 2009, internet forums flared up with cries that “someone in management came up with the brilliant idea that having a female in a lead role would increase viewership with an aim of making Good Game more mainstream.” and that “The average female that plays video games is not a real gamer, there is no evidence to show that Hex is different.”

Stephanie says “They are out there – they just don’t speak up enough. It can be quite intimidating for a female gamer to make herself known in the gaming community – particularly when joining the trash-talk and craziness of online gaming – but the more girls who stick their hand up and say “Hey, I’m into shooting zombies, too” – the more it will give other girls the confidence to try it out. We just need to break down a few of those social conventions and then it will become more commonplace.”

Because fans of the medium have used the word gamer to associate themselves with a certain group, they have also seemed to create their own rules about who does and does not fit.  Stephanie replies to this idea with “People need to stop perpetuating these stereotypes if we have any hope of enticing other girls into our excellent culture.  The reality is, I’m passionate about gaming, I’m thrilled to be writing about it week in and week out – and if I’m breaking any ‘girl-gamer stereotypes’ in the process, well – that’s certainly an added bonus”.

Nintendo challenge the idea of a 'typical' gamer

Nintendo seem to know that the stereotype of a gamer is blurred and sees this as a chance to market their games and consoles to a ‘non traditional demographic’. Nintendo have always marketed themselves as ‘family friendly’ and with the release of the Nintendo Wii said that they wanted to “break down that wall that separates video game players from everybody else.” (and at the same time indicating that ‘gamers; were not like ‘everybody else’)” Gamasutra ran a news article in 2006 which stated that The official Wii website was quoted as saying: “Wii sounds like “we,” which emphasizes this console is for everyone. Wii can easily be remembered by people around the world, no matter what language they speak. No confusion. Wii has a distinctive “ii” spelling that symbolizes both the unique controllers and the image of people gathering to play.”

Their latest advertising plays on this, with the likes of Nicole Kidman, Liv Tyler and Olivia Newton John promoting the Nintendo DS. We can also see Nintendo using Rebecca Gibney to advertise Wii Fit and she even promotes it during her article for Women’s Weekly.

So where to now?

Mazes & Monsters plays on the inaccurate newspaper stories about James Dallas Egbert III

Just like Rock n’ Roll of the 1950’s. Comic Book in the 1960’s and Heavy Metal of the 1980’s, video games and the people who play them seem to be the latest focus as the imminent downfall of western civilisation. Too often we hear stories of school shootings fuelled by video game violence, teen deaths caused by ‘obsessive’ playing and game induced rage the cause of murder.

Let’s remember that it wasn’t too long ago that the media were placing the same focus on Dungeons and Dragons for the woes of the world.

Perhaps as the gaming medium grows, society will slowly move away from the idea that video games are tools of the Devil and that the word ‘gamer’ will become obsolete as we realise that there is no such thing as a ‘gamer’ and just a person that ‘plays games’. We don’t feel the need to label people as “TV-ers” , so maybe its time to stop feeling the need to place people in a box?

In the days of Web 2.0 and the freedom of a folksonomy, we don’t need to ‘tag’ ourselves with a single label that defines us.

Robert Ashley's "A Life Well Wasted" explores why we game.

The internet radio show “A Life Well Wasted” is a podcast about video games and the people who play them.

In episode 3, “Why Game” Robert Ashley, explores why people play games and it becomes apparent that people play video games for a variety of different reasons. They are fun; they are an escape from the pressures of day-to-day life. People play for social reasons, people play for a sense of accomplishment. There are opportunities for a deeper immersion than we can get through movies or television, experiencing worlds and stories that aren’t attainable in the ‘real world’.

Yes, gaming is actually a social hobby.  ‘Gamers’ will discuss their favourite games over internet forums.  They will play online games together (World of Warcraft alone having a 11.5 million people playing together, making it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the  most popular MMORPG by subscribers).  They will gather at conventions like The Electronic Entertainment Expo, which in 2005 reached a record attendance of 70,000 people, and meet at their local LAN gaming cafe.

Unfortunately, this is usually dismissed with a shake of the head and a ‘yes, but that doesn’t count’ attitude.  Why is this kind of interaction any less valid than a book club, an online support group or meeting with the boys from the footy team on a Saturday morning for practice?

Warcraft fans take their Guild into the 'real world' for the 2007 Blizzcon Convention in Anaheim

The world that we live in is not black and white. People do not fit in boxes, neatly labelled to make it easier for the rest of the world.  We can see that the ‘stereotype’ of gamer belonging to the nerdy, socially awkward teenage boy just doesn’t hold water these days.  Just like television, sport and reading, people play games, and some choose games as their preferred pastime.   This doesn’t make them a ‘gamer’, it simply makes them a person that plays games.

28 Responses to “Gamer – The Stereotype”

  1. July 21, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Growing in the youngest of three brothers,
    I would always watch my brothers play games like
    donkey kong and super mario, and I would basically only play a
    casino game since they were playing it, it looked fun,
    and I wished to do stuff with them. Most consoles
    can be rigged to avoid from to be able to play games with adult content,
    even though this may be far trickier on personal computers.
    Some killers have credited video games for helping them prepare,
    he said.

  2. May 27, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Hello there I’m Jorge. This article got my attention when I was being called a pathetic low life piece of crap. I was called this because I endorse pictures of the website I created for a halo clan I’m in. I do not know how to take this since its constantly coming.

    I’m 17 and I’ve been on the wrestling team for my high school and many other extracurricular activities. I have friends and go out when they want to hang out. I only play twice a week as well but it still affects me…..

  3. January 19, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    I agree with MOST everyone here. Yes, being a gamer is proud, but it does kind of hurt that people stereotype. I mean, aren’t you hurt when someone makes a racist comment? Even if you know for a fact it isn’t true, it still hurts. It works the same way for a group. If someone says something negative about being a gamer, we still take offense. And DansDans, yes, we do need to work out how to get rid of the racist members of our community. Even if it means shoving your hand through the mic and putting duct tape over their mouth. And yes, we do need to get rid of the 12 year olds who cant seem to think “Oh, it’s just a game! No need to scream bloody murder!” For me, CoD is the only real game that I can get pissy about. Its because its a true military simulator. It scares people, and it makes me get into a mindset of “Its either kill or be killed.” But I am not one of those people who get pissed over every little step. I just say “Bull” when I make a mistake and move on. I have seen people, even my own brother, who scream at the game on campaign. If one has ever watched Tobygames on YouTube, that’s how I act. I get a little aggravated when I cant figure something out, but that’s human nature, we don’t like to be wrong and we don’t like confusion. I just have fun with it. I even go as far on Halo as to laugh hysterically every time I die. It’s fun to me. That’s how I am.

    Now, as to the whole lazy part, I was lazy before I even ever played Mario on the NES. (I am only 17, so yes, we played old school games.) I just found something to accomodate my laziness. But I am still a bit active, probably more so nowadays than I used to be. I play soccer and I ride my (now ran over) bicycle. I climb trees at least a few times a month (when I can find my gloves I use to keep my hands from getting cut up) and I ride 4-wheelers with my dad and sister at least twice a week. For me, videogames is sort of an outlet. Stress, daily life, and even sometimes anger can be relieved just by blowing out the brains of some 12 year old’s character after he tells you how many different ways he is gonna whoop you. It may be wrong, but I do enjoy hearing their reaction when I pass them in a free-for-all match in ranking on CoD or I completely decimate them with a Spartan Laser on Halo.

    I also need to adress the fact about the junk food. I, like alot of other gamers, enjoy junk food, but every person I know that plays videogames, enjoys home-cooked meals like roast chicken or lasagna more than they do a bag of popcorn. The whole junk food junkie aspect of the gamer stereotype is a bit extremated (an imaginary usage of extreme to mean “Taken well over the extreme.”) and a bit too cliche. I don’t know about others, but I get tired of junk food really quick and would prefer to cook a meal or get cooked a meal than to open up a bag of Cheetos and a monster. Yes, those are enjoyable, but for me, I prefer those as snack foods when I go on a long trip. You know, something just to munch on.

    Now there is one that wasn’t really adressed in this issue (yes, I am using the correct form of adress.), but I have been told it millions (not really millions. more like dozens) of times by my parents or people who stereotype gamers in my community. They say gamers aren’t very intelligent. Well, Mr. Know-it-all, I am a senior in high school and I slack a lot more than other people, yet I maintain a 3.6GPA (WHILE SLACKING I MUST REPEAT) and I always am sure to do what work I have, even if I turn it in at the last minute. Now you might be thinking, “Oh, if you’re that smart, why do you slack and game? You could be a doctor! Or a lawyer!”

    First off, I hate blood.

    I also hate dishonesty. I only lie when I absolutely need to.

    And I have actually found plenty of articles where they have proven that gamers have heightened skills, such as faster reflexes and more hand-eye coordination. Gamers who use headsets, like me, tend to rely on more senses than their sight alone. I can hear minute footsteps in my woods while playing airsoft. I can smell Dr. Pepper in a closed can. I feel whatever I want to feel as if I were really touching it so long as I have experienced it before. Really, we aren’t intelligent? Then how do you explain the doctor in Little Rock telling me and a group of my friends that I took up there with me that after we all played a match of Call of Duty, we had opened up an extra 5% of our brain capacity? Yes, we did do this, even though it lasted for an hour. And how do you explain the CEOs today that play videogames?


    I am sorry. I am starting to rant even more. I just have so much to say on this subject and so little words. Yes, I get offended when people negatively stereotype on gamers.

    BTW, for all the girl gamers out there, you DO realize that it’s hot when you can keep pace or even smoke us in a match of MW3 or Black Ops 2, right? That should be enough influence to help at least another 1% of females get into gaming. I don’t know a single guy under 21 that would cheat on a girl who will sit down with him and play videogames.

    Plus, we are all very sweet guys. I myself have been told that people think me and a select few of my friends are all sweet guys. And guess what, we’re all gamers.

    Think about that the next time you get heartbroken.

    I’m going to sign off. I have been typing for a half hour now and it’s almost time to get out of English and go to Library Aide.

    Thank you for writing this article. I was able to vent and rant and people will (hopefully) read all the way to here.


    • 4 Insomniakat
      July 24, 2014 at 6:54 AM

      I will apologize I read halfway through your post then kinda scrolled down until I saw something about girl gamers. I agree completely. I’m a girl gamer and have been for a while now. The main thing is to find a good group of guys. I find guy gamers are way friendlier than a group of football players or even the normal guys at the schools who don’t play videogames. I don’t know where I’m going with this yet I just wanted to say that I agree with you completely.

      • 5 EccentricCelanese
        March 11, 2015 at 3:27 AM

        True, I just started playing games after watching my boyfriend do it for so long. At first I didn’t understand what was so great about getting stiff legs from sitting all day in front of a screen, until I found an online game that I really enjoyed and that i still play whenever possible. In to be honest my boyfriend and his friend plays online games and they are the most intelligent people I know even if they spend most days inside on a game.

  4. 6 Dylan
    April 25, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    A great read first of all

    and i’m one of those 15 year old gamers, that dosn’t fit the stereotype at all. but i would say that i am a hardcore gamer. where i grew up though, gaming was shunned alot, it was a real backwards place, and i was thought as one of those stereotypical gamers, even though i didn’t fit any

    when i moved to a bigger place there where alot of groups, including popular groups, that weren’t exactly hardcore, but more then casual

    I’m at Tafe at the moment, and really there’s nothing wrong about being a gamer anymore, and there are alot of opportunities in the gaming world for jobs etc.

    for example, you can participate in tournaments and earn alot of money (Riot games has invested 5 million dollars into the eSports of League of Legends)

    And there’s alot of job opportunities in a gaming community, from QA to lead designer etc,

    and Caroline Overington was actually quiete offensive, the typical stereotype for a gamer is actually quiete rare, considering how big it’s become

  5. 7 obsidianKnight
    April 5, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Gaming is the fastest growing industry in Australia. Its not really essential to prove to all the ignorant people ( because there all middle aged and are going to die soon anyways) because they are just going to be swept away in the massive wave that is gaming. However we need to clean up our forums BUT i do not think we should have a central authority on gaming because thats like SOPA and PIPA it would be restricting the fun and freedom of the comunities we have.

  6. March 14, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    Caroline Overington a Bitch….
    Johann agrees

    I wonder how many gamers hate her now. I shall spred this article through out the gamer world!

  7. 9 Johann Ward
    March 14, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    How dare you say that Caroline!!!! We gamers are actually more social than you and your kids will ever be. >:) your face is lame too you Australian Aborigine who needs sunscreen at night to make sure you don’t get moonburn because you are that white.

  8. 10 Angelina
    March 12, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Tell that to my brother. He’s morbidly obese, riddled with acne, has no real friends, no job and is failing his junior year because he’d rather spend his days wasting away in front of a computer. Shit, if you want to pretend you’re a guy who helps people, hunts and runs through nature, why don’t you REALLY do it?!?

    It’s a pathetic existence.

    • 11 Alan
      March 14, 2013 at 8:03 AM

      No, it’s pathetic to look down on others. People like you are why I think the real world sucks, so I play video games. I can’t speak for your brother, and I don’t pretend to speak for anyone else but myself. Get out of your own head and make an attempt to understand us before labeling our hobbies as a “pathetic existence”, please.

  9. January 12, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    i am doing a experiment on stereotypes of a gamer can you give me some help

  10. 13 jonboy
    January 12, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    i am doing a sicence experement about sereotypes of a gamer can you give me some help

  11. 14 Chrono crashers
    October 21, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Is it okay if i refer to this on a youtube video and school project? It’s actually on this subject, and your opinions are very fitting! Great work, if you wanna see it on my youtube (ShamanTheHedgehog) check in 7 weeks 😀

  12. 15 M_the_dead
    October 19, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    And these people that ‘dedicate’ their lives to sport think that they will get a decent job. So, you can kick a ball. You have so much talent. Let us pay you 1 million dollars a year so that you can amuse various bogans that enjoy yelling and screaming at ‘skilled’ players. And these are the same people that struggle to pass english tests. These are the people in common society without jobs because they didn’t make it to some soccer team. Suck it up, get real, and get a job working at maccas. look, I’m not a hardcore gamer. In fact, I’m in year 9. And I think that, yes, some of us are very, very offensive, but they are the diehards. I am a nerd. And guess what, I’m proud of it. I would love to stereotype those people that play sports. What talent do they have? None. Thank Bill gates, Steve jobs and everyone else who did something good with their lives. Bottom line: Sportsman have no future, and if they call you a nerd, gamer, or whatever, wear that name with pride!

  13. 17 Thomo
    August 31, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Brilliant article, thanks for the link. Hope it makes people think a little more

  14. 18 Raptor
    May 20, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    I agree completely ith DansDans.
    We, as a community of people who like playing video games, REALLY need to clean up our community.
    I find it quietly funny that a sterotyped community of ‘gamers’ has a steryotype of the 12 year old squealer that plays too much Halo and manages to generate a volume that is just under that required to burst someones eardrums. The sad thing is that this steryotype is all to common. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve had to hurredly take my headphones off to avoid temporary deafness.
    We need to clean up our community and educate people about video game ratings to avoid 12 year olds buying M rated games.
    Its amazing how many parents dont read the ratings.

  15. 19 Kipling
    November 8, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    Excellent article for so many reasons…

    Obviously ‘gamers’ come from an extremely broad cross section of society. I am old and I am a gamer and I love it. Ironically, I found Ms Overington’s comments particularly offesive for a range of reasons – don’t panic, I won’t bore you with em 🙂

    Ironically, I was researching a completely unrelated story of hers when I stumbled onto this, consequently, enough research done, she is a hack. No brainer that one…

    Now, time for some WoW.

  16. 20 hannah
    October 19, 2010 at 1:02 AM

    gamming is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. 21 hitnrun
    September 20, 2010 at 5:24 AM

    With all respect, I think the most common characteristic of gamers nowadays is sensitivity. Really, who cares what Caroline Atkinson or Michael Overington think about anything? Are you interviewing with them with a job or trying to score a date with them? No? Then why do we care so much?

    As an old time gamer, I’ve seen the future, and it ain’t them. When I was in school, videogames were something discussed in groups of two, in the hallway, when no girls or cool kids were around. We lived in fear that laws banning entire genres of games might be passed. I graduated in 2001.

    When I went back to school in ’05 to get my college degree, the generation just behind mine were my new classmates. Videogames were discussed incessantly. Every girl had a Nintendo DS. When my phone rang – with Lucca’s jingle from Chrono Trigger – a classroom erupted.

    I understand gamers from places like Australia and Germany are still fighting the good fight. These old clowns still have the power to hurt you. But believe me, time is on your side. There will come a day when even the most culturally conservative politicians will blink politely when some group or other complains to them about videogames. And the rest of us really ought to stop wringing our hands over what these folks think.

  18. April 30, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    An excellent read. I think a lot of stereotyping lies with the older generation. My in-laws still call my husband asking how much video games he is playing as if it’s some sort of bad habit he didn’t outgrow rather than a hobby he enjoys. My parents do enjoy facebook and iphone games but I doubt I would ever hear them call themselves gamers. From my generation down, gaming evolved tremendously and grew with us as we grew. I don’t think it’s uncommon to have 30-something gamers. I started on my Atari and now have an XBOX, Wii and I play MMOs.

    And i agree with DanDans that a lot of gamers are not unemployed losers. A lot of us have well paying jobs. We have families and interact with social activities.

    I liked the article saying we don’t call people “TV-ers”. It’s so true. Gaming is what I do to unwind at the end of the day. Sometimes I’ll watch a tv and sometimes I’ll pull out my laptop and play a game. It’s an entertainment choice for me.

  19. April 30, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Since when was the term ‘Gamer’ a negative one? I tell people I’m a gamer with my head held high. AND I’m female. AND I shower regularly.
    I’ve been playing games since I was 7 and have never looked back. I regularly blog and contribute to forums, and have now landed a role writing a gaming column in teen girls mag ‘Dolly’ – where my aim is to teach girls about gaming; the different types, why it is rad, and how its not intimidating for a girl to get involved.

    Here’s to a new wave of female gamers!
    Check out my blog

    • 24 bythemark
      September 20, 2010 at 8:52 AM

      It’s been negative since we’ve seen fit–joking and sarcasm aside–to put things like “AND I shower regularly” in our little blurbs about ourselves. It certainly may not have a negative connotation within most (and we really have to say most) of the gaming world, but in some parts of society it’s been vilified to a ridiculous extent.

      But I agree that it may seem overblown–the world over, so much of the world consists of gamers that the ones who criticize us hardly have a choir to preach to, but most of us don’t come out and say that we’re not a part of said choir. Articles like this are coming out more and more, and more gamers are taking on attitudes like yours, and I’d say that gaming’s connotation is going more rock and roll and less the way of comic books (not that I have anything against them)–within the next generation it won’t even be an issue.

  20. 25 DansDans
    April 30, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Poster, great article mate.

    I pose a question – as gamers, what should we do to try and show someone like Caroline Overington that we arent what she describes as us?

    As you know, a lot of us are in very good paying jobs, in respectable firms. We arent these weak and feeble minded people she seems to hint that we are.

    I find this ‘stereotype’ to be the most offensive of the lot. Its also something that Hollywood helps to enourage too – example, the movie “Gamer” shows a very large/obese male, virtually naked, glued to a seat munching greasy snacks. He has trouble breathing and its implied that he masturbates to the female avatar he has control of. This is an offensive stereotype, do you not think? I suppose one could question South Park’s use of this same stereotype, however it seemed to be lampooning the ‘norm’ in people’s minds rather than advertising it as reality.

    As gamers, I love the fact that we are able to stick together as a community more closer than others – I see only cultural and religious communities as perhaps being more dedicated to a ideal more than we are. And as a community we need to work out how to weed out the bad elements. Example – playing MW2 on PS3 and hearing offensive racist comments. I was tempted to get onto my microphone and tell the guy to be quiet, but I wasnt sure what that would prove. We need a way, as a community, to rid ourselves of these people.

  21. 26 Dan
    April 30, 2010 at 3:25 AM

    This is so true. The sooner we start breaking down and falsifying the stereotypes surrounding gaming, the more acceptable it will become to a wider audience, in the same way that racism, sexism and homophobia are perpetuated by negative, and often completely unfair, stereotypes.

  22. April 30, 2010 at 2:41 AM

    An excellent article and well worth my time reading. The media and society more broadly should work to prevent the presentation of negative stereotypes, such as those attributed to “gamers”.

  23. 28 Smoulder
    April 29, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    awesome !

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