As a person who has been playing video games since 1990’s and has some experience playing the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Atari 2600, the entire gaming culture has changed over the past 20 years. To state that video games changed is an understatement. Gaming has evolved in ways that it still made my head spin at times. Call me a retro game player but that is much I am raised since I am living on a budget until I acquired a gaming PC laptop.
As for the entire gaming culture and assuming that the audience are reasonable human beings, I would like to explain why I am fed up with gaming culture.
I cannot justify why people belittle or having a witch hunt when it comes to certain games that people play. Be it that it is Farmville, Angry Birds or even Call of Duty they are still games. No matter if it is dull or repetitive or more of the same matter they are games no matter how you slice and dice it. If it was involved with UI controls, then it is a game. If people start to claim that Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros or even Tetris are “hardcore games”, this is not correct.
The Hardcore crowd is a finicky bunch. I can state that the hardcore could be either old school or new gamers who proudly proclaim themselves as gamers who played their first console game on the Xbox 360. At times, you could say that the Hardcore crowd could be a veteran MMO player or an elitist jerkoff who believes their playing ground is to dump off their frustrations onto new players or perhaps a different jerkoff to classify that “I play first person shooters therefore I am hardcore”. Well, when we play video games for the first time we turn out to be casual at first. If the interest hasn’t sunk in for a specific genre, then this game isn’t for you. Invest more time and it turns out to be your hobby.
If a person managed to increase their playtime and has an interest on a specific game genre such as Farmville, they would happen to be Farmville enthusiast. I enjoyed Tetris as my first timer and played it on my Game Boy to see how far can I go on A-Type. My sisters used to play NES and SNES and their interests drop off after N64 due to their personal work, growing up and having a family etc. That is when the Wii shows up, everyone was playing it.
Why do people describe gamers depending what games they play? The Big Bang Theory stereotypes an MMO gamer and other media shows a gamer who happens to eat unhealthy food, lack of exercise and at times get angry much like every other video game player. The worst happens to be some dumb sexist and racist gun-ho lover who spams the microphone as their dumping grounds for frustrations. At times harassment and trash talking is amusing but this wasn’t happen in the early days of the arcades. There is another person better than you but certainly trash talking didn’t exist. Unless your head is stuck in the late 20th century where being called a white cracker head is the norm and the n-word is used as a double standard.
Fine, it is an opinion that a person who plays nothing but indie games say that Call of Duty sucks but when that person acknowledged that they never play the game only judging by its cover, that person doesn’t deserve an opinion. But hey, the entire gaming hive-mind only exists in the internet and nowhere else unless they happen to be a decent looking human. After all, freedom of speech allows you to talk whatever and whenever you feel like on impending frustrations and the like. However, be prepared for the backlash if your opinion is not popular.
Hardcore players also happen to be narcissistic bunch and very confusing as well. Mass Effect 3? Your expectations are way too broad. Left 4 Dead 2? Could be an expansion set from Left 4 Dead 1. Electronic Arts happen to be the worst company than a bank that happens to make working folks lives worst? Doesn’t matter, EA still sucks. Activision and Blizzard is still hated upon? Why even purchasing their games for? Oh yeah, casuals and ‘hardcore’ people are buying their games. Day 1 and on disc DLC? It is a necessary evil and you damn well know it. Companies need to make more money and well hey, it is Capitalism.
I consider the options of why we need new players for MMOs. Many people state casuals are ruining gaming. Unless you, the hardcore audience continues to fund their servers for eternity, your gaming servers will not survive. I have seen many many MMO go from pay2play to free2play and others couldn’t make it. There are reason that the hardcore audience hates casual players ranging from gaming developers catering to the new audience instead of the core audience to balance changes to even have access to items they never gain before. My point is that without new players continuing to play certain type of MMOs servers will go away and it will be left nothing but a ghost town. That defeats the entire purpose of a MMO server. It might as well serve you a single player experience.
Gaming Ambassadors also vying for the spot since people with different views onto how to make gaming better and the many issues that gaming culture has. So far, many gaming ambassadors doesn’t have one but so far, Aris Bakhtanians is happy to represent us as the hardcore crowd.
To end this in such a downer note, I will quote Charlie Brooker from his pilot episode “Gameswipe”:
Video games, bleeping blooping masturbatory aids for emotionally crippled outcasts,
probably male outcasts, probably physically repugnant and sexually inexperienced,
probably frightened of the real world, probably standing in this very spot saying these very words on camera right now,
probably me basically, Video games are for losers like me, apparently.
On the other hand, maybe we need to stop calling people gamers as a proud, supreme niche and drop everything related to casual vs. hardcore. Oh and console wars and PC vs. Consoles needs to gently caressing stop.