These days everyone plays games. Itâ€™s been over a year the Wii has been out and people still are getting in line for it. Itâ€™s funny how time has a habit of changing things, I remember back in my middle school days, my daily hobby of playing video games was to be kept a secret from my peers, just for the sake of my dignity. Whenever I would mention any thing relevant to gaming, Super Nintendo, GameBoy, etc, I would just be setting myself up for the â€œcool kidsâ€ to just pick on me. But now, itâ€™s the talk of the town. People spend thousands of dollars (Ebay) on these systems, and I used to be terrorized for just playing them? Ironic isnâ€™t it? Of course there is still a kind of stereotype going on nowadays, people think video games are a waste of time and are just brain washing kids to become super mass murders that will eventually take over the worldâ€¦ right. Iâ€™m 23 years old, and whenever a relative comes from out of town and watches me play Mario Galaxy or Halo, they ask me, â€œYou still play this?â€, â€œI thought you wouldâ€™ve grown up by now?â€, â€œThis is kids stuffâ€. Iâ€™ve been getting these lovely remarks ever since I had a Super Nintendo, and, when I was younger, I would feel ashamed and turn off whatever I was playing. But now, whenever they present their unwanted opinion or question, I just smile and continue playing. Why, cause I enjoy it. Just as all we gamers do, we play for the fun of the game, not for the sake of anyone else (Unless youâ€™re a game tester).Of course, some of the old fashion stereo type still exists. The, â€œOh my god, you play video games? Youâ€™re such a loser!â€- Apparently they donâ€™t see anything â€œloser-ishâ€ in the way their talking! I actually had a debate with one of my female friends. I mentioned to her how I bought an Xbox 360 for $400 and sheâ€™s responds with the, â€œWhat a waste of money!â€ and I responded on how she doesnâ€™t find buying a $500 Coach purse a waste of money. So we â€œdebatedâ€ about how much useful an Xbox 360 is compared to a Coach purse. Yes, she is stupid and no, sheâ€™s not hot.
Now this is where the Wii does wonders. People love it, itâ€™s simple, itâ€™s new, and itâ€™s fun. I wouldnâ€™t go off to call these people the casual gamer, the Madden and Need for Speed people, I would label them as, non- gamers. Though I see more and more people interested in Wii sports! Now as a hardcore gamer, I see that as a game just to show was the Wii is capable of, not as a REAL game. But, the non-gamers are buying into it! I mean câ€™mon, how long can someone play Wii sports for!? The Wii is more about Mario Galaxy, Zelda: TP, and Metroid Prime 3!
These non-gamers also have the typical image of a hardcore gamer: overweight, hairy, breath loud, talk from their nose, and have glasses as thick as professor Fonzworth (Futurama). I remember when I went to go reserve the Wii, it was a Friday because thatâ€™s when my local Gamestop started taking reservations. I didnâ€™t have class that day and I called in sick for work so I could be there on time to get the system. In order to get there on time and not to be last in line, I had to get up early, which is something uncommon for me. (Sleeping in FTW!) When my mom heard that I was up, she came out and asked me what are you doing up so early? And I told her that Iâ€™m going to go reserve the new Nintendo system and the expression on her face clearly said , â€œDumb ass.â€ Nonetheless, I got to Gamestop and I saw a small line of about 7-8 people. I got in line and sat down, there was still a good hour an half left for the store to open, but it went by so fast, because I found it so easy to relate with those people. There was a fair share of weird people but nothing extreme.
Either way you look at it, almost every new culture has itâ€™s stereotype, we might not find them appealing as others would, just as they wouldnâ€™t find gaming appealing as gamers would. So, am I a loser for playing games? Nope, but people can think whatever they want, but unlike them, Iâ€™m not waiting in line for a Wii.