Sunday, December 22, 2013

Animosity - A Gamer's article about Gaming/Gamers - by MTGJody

I have been gaming since I was old enough to hold a joystick, my first gaming system was given to me on Christmas of 1978 when I was six, it was a sears telegames system aka Atari 2600,being too young and living in south in that time, there wasn’t much exposure to video games in my age group, so let’s just say it was love at first sight, before my next console I got a taste of arcade games and was hooked as well, and I didn’t notice the derogatory words and attitudes until I was about ten or eleven, you see kids when I was younger there wasn’t first person shooters or big budget sports games, there was just games; good or bad that’s all we had, so it seemed at least from my perspective that when you got past a certain age, that still playing video games was considered childish, and you got called every put down you can think of, mostly by bigger kids that were more athletic or didn’t get it, people we not as open minded as they are now, and I know I ‘m using video games but this really did and does apply to all games, video, paper minis etc. People just like criticizing others, it’s just something that’s human nature, and now that I have your attention I’m going to get to the point of this article.
    Currently I play, video games, magic the gathering, board games , and sometimes I see animosity not only from one group to another, (Card vs. Mini etc) but unbeknownst to others outside of any gaming group there can be attitudes between players in and out of game, player skill vs. luck is a big issue with animosity and bragging, but not only that but misunderstandings that shouldn’t even exist, for example; I am not the best at the games a play, I know this but I do my best, and that should be enough, also if you have a game you play and your passionate about that game it doesn’t mean you have to be defensive about your hobbies, when I tell someone I can’t afford to play another game I ‘m not just talking about money, it takes a great deal of time and effort to learn a new game, I ‘ve been playing magic for over eight years, that means I have a lot of time invested in that game, doesn’t mean I ‘m the best and I certainly don’t act that way, that being said our hobbies ARE expensive no matter what you play, for every argument of heard that one’s more than the other, I’ll say I know someone who has all tier one decks for magic or if not all most of the armies for war hammer or war machine, your hobbies can and will be as cheap or expensive as you want it to be, so from my ten year old self getting teased for playing games, let’s all just get along, maybe play some pathfinder and learn to have fun, cause after all, that’s why we play games in the first place. Game on ~ Jody

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