While attending PAX I had a chance to become more familiar with the “gaming media scandal” that has been going on over the past few weeks. After listening to the PAX attendees and Enforcers I realized that I was really angry about the whole thing. One of my “labels” is gamer. That is not going to change because media says so.
We are all a conglomeration of labels. We all choose the labels that we put to the front. I am a wife, artist, painter, reader, gamer, nerd, woman, military…. The list goes ones. You can see I listed wife and artist first. Those are what I focus on. Gamer and nerd are in there, but not at the front. They are a part of me, but not all of me. They impact how I see the world and how I interact with it, but they are not the largest or most influential parts.
As a general rule I do my best to avoid media. The news is all skewed to fit into someones agenda. I am not interested in that agenda. I just want to know what is happening. When something interesting happens, I research it. I go to four or five sources to ensure that I have a good view of what is happening. A smart way to research. I like to research.
Not everyone is like me, or has time or will power to do that much research. Media should be clear and unbiased. Giving all the information so the reviewer can make up their mind. That is not what is happening. Media has chosen what we are going to think, see and understand. We will all believe that cops are bad, gamers are losers, and the only way to solve problems is to give it money.
I am angry that the gamer media has chosen to be just like the rest of the media. Sneaky, snide and bias. The bit that makes me really angry is how they reacted when they were caught. They denounced their readers, the whole reason they even get business. Gamers are being labeled as evil, bad, stupid and worse.
Gamers are many things, oblivious to social pressures is a good one. Gamers do not always see gender, race, creed, nationality, sexual orientation or any of the other labels that we put on ourselves. Gamers are passionate. If you have ever been to a gaming event or spoken to a gamer about their game, it is easy to see. We love our games and can speak about them all day. We will debate strategies, preferences and all the minutia that make us enjoy the game. Gamers want to share the love of the game. New to the game? They will teach you. Had a bad experience? They will listen and try to repair the wrong. The game not your thing? They will recommend other games that might be better suited for you.
Gamers are lovers, not fighters.