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To Be A Gamer, You Have To...

I never fit. Ever. No matter what I do or how the industry changes, I am simply not synonymous with video games. Or so most say.

It's not just a matter of stereotypes; it's more about associations. For instance, if someone enjoys camping, most will assume they also like animals. If someone likes to sing karaoke, it's usually safe to assume that person is a music-lover. Various elements of our hobbies can and often are found in other leisure activities, so it's natural to make such assumptions. But here are a few that people make when they discover you're a gamer, and my corresponding reality:

You must like sci-fi; both reading it and watching it

Nah. There was a time when I loved Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series and I did enjoy "Firefly" but for the most part, I'm no sci-fi buff. I never understood the fascination with "Star Wars" and "Star Trek," I don't watch any sci-fi on TV or in the theaters, and as far as reading goes, I've stuck to the classics over the past five or six years. This is mostly because the classics vastly outstrip even the best contemporary work, but whatever.

You must've been into comic books...or maybe still are

Nope. I think I read a few Archie comic books at my grandmother's house when I was a kid, but that's about it. I'm pretty sure I never owned any myself and I didn't really care, either. It's just another obsession I've never grasped and thus, the superhero phase in Hollywood didn't really appeal to me, either. I did like the "Batman" movies, though. I guess comics have always been lumped into "geekdom" from the start, and that's unavoidable and undying.

You must like gadgets and all other electronic stuff, too

Wrong. I hate most all of them; I barely use my five-year-old cell phone and I couldn't possibly care less about smartphones. I basically despise the "social" Internet networks like Facebook and MySpace and Twitter. If I didn't use it for work, I'd probably only have a computer for writing and e-mail; I know very little about computers in general. I had some fun with remote-controlled cars back in the day, and those little handheld Tiger games, but that's about it. Games are my only electronic passion, really.

You must be in poor health

Coming from a family that encourages a good diet and exercise, and being athletic from the time I was in kindergarten, this is almost out of the question. This is usually the biggest surprise when the uneducated find out what I enjoy (and what I do). Many think I did play video games a lot, and then I discovered sunlight and decided to lose 100 pounds. I could tell them I've had a standard workout regiment for 8 years and I could probably curl them if they lay horizontal, but why bother? Their head will explode.

You must only play video games

The idea that anybody who plays a game once is immediately hooked for life came from the addiction scares of the '80s. And trust me, it really hasn't gone anywhere. For whatever reason, the clueless assume that if you're a gamer, that's all you are; it defines your life. The only way it's even close to reality for me is because it's my job; other than that, it's quite inaccurate. It's just another automatic assumption that has never encompassed me.

Like I said, I just don't fit. "To be a gamer, you have to..." seems to follow in the minds of the mainstream populace, and I'm not really complaining. It's only natural to make connections. I'm just wondering how many others don't fit the mold, so-to-speak. And P.S.- the reason I chose this picture is because most girls don't play their games wearing underwear and high heels.  It's about as rare as finding a gamer like me, I suppose.

4/15/2011 Ben Dutka

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Ole_Gunner
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 9:41:51 PM
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Yesssss

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Mog
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 9:42:32 PM
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darn society and their mentality!

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Douchebaguette
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 6:37:51 AM

Agreed. It's like reading the Today section on MSN - over half the articles on there make me laugh ['Chocolate-based beauty treats - forget the easter eggs, try our guilt free alternatives' or 'Diet tips for men only' and of course the 10,456 articles on what both genders apparently want in their love lives and how to gain that trust according to the opinion of 1 person.] It's actually likely you'll find an article about people who play video-games along with all the stereotypes above, associated.


Materialistic as hell. I mean who lets these people write this confetti?

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AcHiLLiA
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 2:00:38 PM

Good thing Society wasn't a big role when I started gaming.

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LightShow
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 10:00:39 PM
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you forgot "you must be highly opinionated on your favorite system, series and particular game"

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Lawless SXE
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 10:17:19 PM

Nah... that's a view from gamer circles, not an outside view. Though perhaps immaturity could be added into the editorial.

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LightShow
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 10:44:32 PM

point.

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FM23
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 10:07:05 PM
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So true, so true.

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Riku994
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 10:09:29 PM
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I like electronics. None of the others apply to me, and I'm not even a huge electronics buff.... I may have to admit to only playing video games, but i do also see my friends a lot. If I had a job I'd go to it..

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Lawless SXE
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 10:15:15 PM
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Those are all fairly bad interpretations of most of the gamers I know. I mean, people are people. And gaming is just another hobby for most. Those uninitiated with the hobby simply make assumptions based on the stereotypes that cropped up thirty years ago. It's a sad mentality, and as bad as racism or sexism in my eyes.
Peace.

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Shiva369
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 10:17:41 PM
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Yeah, I'm not into much sci-fi, loved Star Wars as a kid and watched the 2nd gen Battlestar Galactica, but don't get Trek or any of those other series. Comics, nope. Sci-fi books, a little Heinlein and Asimov as a teen but def not now. Made a lot of models until about 3 yrs ago, so there's that...
Must admit tho, when I read your line about camping, my first thought was "what's camping got to do with animals...oh right, *that* camping". So that'd fit the stereotype I guess ;-)

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Qubex
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 10:28:30 PM
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Wonderfully written Ben, and so true. All non-gamers should have a quick read through what you wrote... it may just educate them about the people behind gaming, and that actually, the adage that all of us are different and individual holds true, no matter what our main hobby or interests are.

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Scarecrow
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 10:33:09 PM
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None of those apply to me either, specially the sci-fi one and the electronics ones (cell phones).

Have always disliked Star Wars and its clones.

These associations are ignorant, and will sadly be passed down from generation to generation by society.

One has to eventually not care about what people think about gamers.

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Clamedeus
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 10:39:22 PM

Yeah, i don't care what others say. If it's something you like doing don't let them stop you it's pretty ignorant that people would criticize you for doing things that you like or label you as something that.

One last thing. F what society thinks.

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Clamedeus
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 10:36:23 PM
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I love sci-fi and reading about it, i like comics although i haven't read one in a long time.

I love electronics, my health is ok it could be better i got sick a couple of years ago they still don't know what happened both my kidneys shut down on me when i was 19/18 i can't quite remember had a stroke was in a coma for 2 weeks had to re-learn things like speech, reading etc my memory is horrible.

Had surgery so my metabolism slowed i put on some pounds working on getting that off i weigh like 208 even though i don't look like it.

But that's life for you, you gotta learn to love what you have and chug along.

But the most weirdest part though i was very healthy when i was younger and Bam! I used to go outside and do a lot of things like basketball swimming etc.

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Scarecrow
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 11:04:39 PM

Yeah man, life's weird. One just has to adapt and find what's best for oneself.

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Clamedeus
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 11:13:14 PM

I agree.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 11:48:10 PM

I've been to a similar place, and games were a great way to keep my mind sharp at a time when I had medical issues that kept me from interacting much.

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BTNwarrior
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 11:05:44 PM
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and you apparently have to be a hot chick who likes to walk around the house in your underwear and high heels

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 11:48:32 PM

well that's a given.

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Underdog15
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 9:51:02 AM

Aren't you?

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Danny007
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 11:24:11 PM
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To Be A Gamer, You Have To... Enjoy Playing Games(period)

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AcHiLLiA
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 11:27:12 PM
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Well their is one important thing that I always think of and I'm sticking to it for life.

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Highlander
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 11:44:25 PM
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There's an article attached to this picture? Really? Sorry, I was focused on the picture...Definitely my sort of gamer that. Obviously has many varied interests including high heels but not a great deal of clothing. Perfect....

LOL!

I fall into about two of the multiple stereotypes for gamers, and a few other categories that would ordinarily rule out being a gamer, so I guess I'm pretty typical...LOL!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 12:20:38 AM

I just have a bad feeling she's like 15.

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Highlander
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 2:08:12 AM

SayWhatNow!?!?!?

That would indeed be bad, find another image...quickly!

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Gone
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 10:01:13 AM

We are watching the both of you now. A specially you TheHighlander. Don't let it happen again, else all of your trophies will be deleted. (j/k)

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Underdog15
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 12:11:02 PM

Yeah... Watch it Highlander. Or I'll give you a "specially" to you too!

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Highlander
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 4:47:39 PM

Hey, pretty and petite does *not* automatically mean young, especially when the pretty and petitelady is Japanese, Korean or another of the countries who's women possess more than their fair share of 'cute'.

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hadouken
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 11:53:04 PM
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Awful stereotypes. I think you left the one off that gamers don't get any ladies either lol.

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hadouken
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 11:55:03 PM
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Some of those do apply to me. I love gadgets and my health is decent but could be better.

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Mog
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 12:07:57 AM

I doubt there is anybody in this world who is 'completely' healthy. There is always something, I have never met anybody utterly healthy: mentally, physically, socially and spiritually.

Sooo yeah, everyone can use some improvement.

It comes back to this idea of 'nobody is perfect'

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 11:55:15 PM
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Ultimately, it's easy to cast a net over any group of people and say "They are so _____" but then you meet someone who doesn't fit that mold and you have to re-evaluate yourself.

It's the people who refuse to allow anything BUT the stereotype in who I'm worried about. Stereotypes come from somewhere, but I'd like to think that somewhere down the line being a regular gamer will be as accepted as being a regular movie-goer. It probably won't be soon but we'll get there.

I never quite fit in anywhere so I always gave a nod to Sinatra and did it my way. One of the greatest things about this life is that really, nobody gives a sh*t what you do. No girl goes home and sits on her couch alone and says "Wow I'm glad I turned THAT guy down, HE plays video games!"

Live a flourishing life and be happy with yourself and you'll both attract the right kind of people around you and not turn into a righteous pr*ck.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 12:07:14 AM

Well said. But I get this feeling that some girl somewhere has indeed said exactly that. LOL

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 12:36:56 AM

Maybe, but I've come to realize that, well you wouldn't want that person around anyway if they aren't wise enough. And the more I put myself out there, the more I realize that I'm a hundred times harder on myself than anyone else is. People are so wrapped up in their lives that it's pretty selfish to think they take your foibles home with them.

I've also noticed that if you're absolutely sure of yourself and what you are into and make no apologies for it, people respect you more.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 12:43:28 AM

Smart words and sound advice, World.

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kraygen
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 9:10:33 AM

Sadly all the other men in my family and most of my married friends do not own video games because their wives refuse to let them. How sad is that. They come over to my house and will play just about anything because they are not allowed to at home.

To be fair though I have known some guys who would be addicted to gaming if it was allowed in their homes. They end up putting a video game before their family, which is obviously wrong.

However most married women I know seem to expect their husband to do something more productive than play games. I know their are women out there like my wife who think it's ok to play video games. I personally think it just comes down to being responsible. Don't put your games before your ladies and ladies don't stereotype your game loving man.

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Qubex
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 1:52:38 PM

Here here World... your words are wise and true!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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thj_1980
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 12:02:47 AM
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what a joke. Though only one of these really only applies to a large majority it's still stupid too assume all this bull here.

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Alienange
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 1:02:54 AM
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Let's see... The best sci-fi to ever grace television was 2nd gen Battlestar Galactica. If you've dismissed it because of the name or because it's sci-fi, you're missing out, big time.

Comic books? Yeah, back as a young adult for a couple years. Still have them around here somewhere...

Electronic Gadgets? Nah. I've got a train set sitting here and a netbook on my gaming couch, but that's it.

Poor health is an interesting one. I might be. I know I sneeze sometimes.

And lastly, yes, I only play video games.

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DirtySkillzHD
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 1:03:01 AM
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I love me some gadgets thats pretty much the only thing on that list that pertains to me

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BikerSaint
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 1:26:56 AM
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As a Biker & a gamer, I don't give a F'ing rats a$$ what anyone thinks of me.

Now as for gadgets, I just found a 7-port tentacle Hi-speed USB hub for $5 & I'm as giddy as a schoolgirl!!!!!

*giggle*

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 2:36:23 AM

lol, you shouldn't mention schoolgirls and tentacles here.

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BikerSaint
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 10:04:49 PM

World,
I know, right?

There's a strange Japanese culture with a lot of their anime that I've seen, which involves lots of young schoolgirls & roaming tentacles.

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JMO_INDY
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 1:33:32 AM
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I'm a gadget freak, as far as specs, how they work, and what they can do, I know about it. As for the poor health part, well TBH I've seen footbal players in very poor shape and they're in a very active sport. I did baseball for 9 years as a kid and kinda gave it up as I moved 5 times since those times and it makes it hard to be on a school sports team when you don't really know anyone. I then played football for a year and it just wasn't my thing and went to being an avid hiker on my 400 acre woods (best shape I've ever been in) and still manage to get in a healthy amount of gaming in as well as balancing school and piano. I think I've managed a way to fit all my passions in to a healthy schedule that doesn't spread me too thin.

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deadmanwithin
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 2:56:42 AM
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Interestingly enough,I fit the first three of the things you mentioned.They're just interesting to me,and that's about the only reason I need.
I think you meant "Poor physical shape" rather than overall "poor health".Even the best athletes can catch a cold or get infected with something.
Since I love the outdoors(hiking&climbing are my things) and I visit a dojo 4 times a week,I don't fit that one.
Video games don't define my life.The very idea is ridiculous for people like me.Though I do enjoy the expressions of people when they find out that I play video games for fun . "You play VIDEO GAMES ? You don't look like it" ... "Well you didn't look like an idiot,but then you had to start talking"
The concept of stereotypes is for close-minded people,and when you don't meet their expectations they tend to get baffled/annoyed.
It's not like we care,though.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 3:20:57 AM

"Well you didn't look like an idiot,but then you had to start talking"

That's how you know that light travels faster than sound. :P

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just2skillf00l
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 3:12:11 AM
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I guess I fall into the sci-fi territory sort of. I never was an avid fan of Star Trek. Star Wars was never really my thing either. But I love Fringe, V (the newer series), and a lot of other sci-fi stuff...enough to know there's no point in mentioning more.

However, I don't fall into any of the other categories though. If I did then well...I did. There's always some self-righteous critical mastermind out there trying to label other people. From my experience I've learned that those people are the most insecure ones. Just do what you do. No one person is superior to you no matter how they try and spin it. We're all just people. Irrational sometimes, maybe even foolish, but looking for a better tomorrow.

p.s- (Did I just say looking for a better tomorrow?) I know that somewhere in the world a bumper sticker just died a little more, prematurely peeled a little bit faster. Gomenasai!

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___________
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 3:19:41 AM
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amazed to see how far stereotypes have not come.
you would think over time they would die, and people would stop believing them.
but you would think wrong!
if i have had a penny for every time i heard someone say your too old to play video games id be a miltibillionare by now!
my uncles 84 and he still plays games from time to time!

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bigrailer19
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 11:49:16 AM

Just curious, how old are you?

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JMO_INDY
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 1:09:47 PM

The age would explain the pessimism and set in his ways attitude perhaps... yes how old are you?

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PharaohJR
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 3:21:36 AM
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sci fi yuh i watch em heavy but not as much as horror.

comic books..... love the characters & there meaning with there talents & purpose watch the comic movies heavy but books..... naw.

gadgets.... if u taliking bout electronic devices that i get to command & the results equal fun.... yuh already.

poor health... when u from the struggle 95% will spend there time outside growing up & im in the 95. health wise dr say im good. body wise folks try to figure out how im lean & fit, i telem watchout for s$#@.

all i know is gaming.... naw love bmx mainly jus flying threw the area like bmx races over stunting. i medidtate with or without tha herb. workout, researching, drawing, dj & try to get involved more with cars.

looks like the branches shown are activities that have to do with tryna escape life.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 3:39:28 AM
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I'll admit; gaming has become more of 'just a hobby' for me. If you took gaming from me I'd be lost for about...I don't know, maybe 6 hours of the day? 0_o

But yeah Ben. Your like a double of me lol. 'Cept I don't workout apart from 100 push-ups each day and a game of football now & then. Social networking sites really get under my skin also. My sister posts practically everything she does on facebook, and I'm like 'you do realise nobody gives sh**. Alas, I don't think she does.

But umn, in my eyes, to be a REAL gamer, you have to be able to adapt to any type of game. Like you can't just say "Argh screw this tactical crap lets go play cod". Anyone agree?

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 3:53:00 AM

I agree wholeheartedly Liam on your definition of a gamer. But that principle applies to almost everything in my life. I am open to watching any kind of movie, listening to any kind of music, and I will try any activity at least once. Variety is the spice of life after all.
Peace.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 8:51:31 AM

Precisely Lawless. (can I call you by your real name by the way? This is kinda werid calling you that lol.) I don't know what type of music I'd be listeining to had my parents not introduced me to proper music...*shudders* ;P

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 2:04:05 PM

The name's Damien. And feel free.

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crunchy_nut_kid
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 3:42:32 AM
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did anyone else click this article because of the the picture, or is it just me

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RadioHeader
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 3:55:18 AM
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You must be devilishly handsome, fun to be around, astronomical IQ, kind to animals (except xbots), a wizard with the ladies, devilishly handsome and modest...

Guilty. I guess I'm a gamer through and through.

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Cole
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 3:59:23 AM
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Let's see...

1.I'm not into scifi.. never have been, never will be. I'm currently playing Mass Effect 2 and while I consider it a good game with a decent story, I just don't get why the gaming media heaps so much praise on it.

2.I enjoy reading comics when I get the chance, but it's not a hobby that I actively pursue.

3.I know more about pc's and gaming consoles than the average bloke, but that's about it.

4.I'm in better shape than most of the 'normal' people I know. I swim, cycle or gym every day.

5.If anything, I don't play games often enough. My free time is spread a bit thin across my various interests.

Most of my friends and family see gaming as a childish passtime. They can't understand why I haven't outgrown it yet. The few gaming buddies I do have confine themselves to their preconceptions of what they consider to be 'adult' games. They tend to snigger at me for playing what they see as kiddey games.(Mario, Kirby, Ratchet and Clank ,etc.)

I don't let it bother me. I've been gaming since I was about 4 years old.(I'm 25 now.)The medium has grown and matured just as I have. And will continue to do so. I'll be there every step of the way.

As for the ribbing I get from my gaming buddies.. It's their choice if they want to miss out on good games just because of the subject matter. If a game is good, I will play it regardless.

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Wissam
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 5:10:16 AM
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I am a gamer. but I have no interest in sci-fi nor comics or gadgets. and thank god I am in a good health.

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Snaaaake
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 5:15:20 AM
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To be a gamer, you have to enjoy gaming!!!
That's the golden rule of being a gamer!!!

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Douchebaguette
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 6:13:30 AM
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"To Be A Gamer, You Have To...Play Games."


Hahah. We seem to have quite alot in common, Ben.


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Beamboom
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 6:36:48 AM
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Hehe - this is funny. I actually qualify on all checkpoints. I just never knew they were all gamer stereotypes.
I live&breath sci-fi (Ben, give a collection of new sci-fi *short stories* a chance, they often have the "classic" feel to them), am a trekkie since early teens (the restored versions on blu-ray are *fantastic*, best restoration work I've seen on HD so far), my Marvel collection still grows every year, everything that's electronic and preferably with blinking lights automatically get my attention, and as a result of all of the above I have the health/stamina of a 70yr old man. Oh and my gf is half my age. Do this make me a cliché?

Only thing missing on that list to make it a complete profile of me would be computing/programming geek.


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MadPowerBomber
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 6:47:21 AM
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"I guess comics have always been lumped into "geekdom" from the start, and that's unavoidable and undying."

I'm going to avoid getting myself into a huge rant, 'cause I hate when people make assumptions and generalizations about comics and people that read them (more so than video games), and I'm going to keep it short. I seriously doubt you've met anyone obsessed with comics. Obsessed with superheroes, definitely, but not comics. Comics are an artform, a medium; they're telling stories with pictures and words. That's all.

And... that guess? It's a bad one and a wrong one. There was a time in American history when comics flourished. They had a wide range of readers from all walks of life and had an even larger range of diversity amongst genres. It wasn't until the birth of the Comics Code Authority that thigns went down hill for the medium in this country, and they've not been able to wipe the tarnish of what the Authority did since -- although, the Authority is gone. No longer. Even Archie comics publishes without it nowadays. They've only recently began to reach a wider audience through the translation and republication of Japanese comics here, and even that lends a hand to further segregating western material.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 10:22:28 AM

That's nice.

...now I'll show you 9 out of 10 people off the street in every town and city on the planet, who associate comics with geeks.

The truth matters not to the masses.

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MadPowerBomber
Sunday, April 17, 2011 @ 9:40:08 PM

"The truth matters not to the masses."

It sure is a good thing I was just talking about you and your uneducated guess about the social stature of comics since their inception in the early 1990s and not the masses!

Oh, and about your bullshit statistic that you dredged up from the bowls of OHMYGODTHATWASCOMPLETELYRANDOM?

Yeah, the entire country of Japan might disagree with you on that. You should look into that before, y'know, you go making stuff up. Just sayin'.

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herukuti
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 7:33:22 AM
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all but the last 2 are true for me. i also like to read blogs and internet media. and frequent internet dating sites and ogle womens pics on deviantart.

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Bjorn77
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 7:35:17 AM
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Ah man the first two points you made are spot on..
I love SciFi
I Liked comic books in my youth

But I am in good health, I practice MMA and Muay Thai on regular base.

I hate Gadgets and Social Media

I play games regularly but in no way that's all I do.

So 2 out of 3! I am a casual gamer then?

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parasitic
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 8:13:42 AM
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Oh the amount of people I have met on my university course who fit these association perfectly, could even add bad personal hygiene to the list too.

For me I guess I fit into a few of those listed here, I do like new gadgets, I like to know more about them and whats new coming in the near future, but usually being a student I can't afford them, so that still leaves me in a normal position, not being surrounded by the latest electronics.

I do like some sci-fi books and films, probably because I like many futuristic things including the clothing style. Nothing like star wars and star trek or any TV shows similar to these.

I guess I am fairly healthy in terms of my body shape, I walk everywhere, dance off the alcohol consumed, but I do like to eat fast food like pizzas but because I still under-eat it simply never stays on me, so the illusion is that I am fairly healthy.

I guess that's 3 boxes ticked, but still with many 'buts'.
So I am a casual gamer of some sorts and that is true more recently as there's barely any time for playing games in my life with all the studying and making games :D

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kraygen
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 9:26:30 AM
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I love quality science fiction, in book, movie, or tv form. I stress quality though, scyfy channel stuff does not qualify.

I love comic books, I am a collector. I have issue #1 of Amazing Spider-Man. I am picky about my comics, but the ones I have I love.

I am a tech freak. This pertains to tech that I find useful though. Social media is annoying for the most part and I don't own a smart phone. I see smart phones as expensive gadgets that do poorly what other gadgets do better at home. I like to mess with computers and find useful gadgets to make life easier. Instead of buying an mp3 player I put a stereo in my car that has usb and I just use a thumb drive to carry my music.

I am in poor health, but it has nothing to do with my gaming. I have health issues that cause weight gain, so even though I work out, I'm still a little over weight.

I have been stereotyped my whole life and could care less, just because I do all of these things doesn't mean that is all there is to me. I write, working on a book, I've always written poetry, I write song lyrics.

I love rock music and classical music, I love action movies and I love drama's. I like Jimmy Stewart and Dick Van Dyke. I love dogs, hate cats, love to travel and try strange foods. If I have a good book I'd rather read than do just about anything else. I'm strange, weird, and complicated.

Basically stereotyping is for the narrow minded. Think of me what you will because I could care less. Until you remove your stereotypes and get to know someone you'll never understand them.

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Shatterday
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 10:13:59 AM
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Dear Ben,

You are awesome.

Sincerely,

Nick

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Aranha
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 10:58:07 AM
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Couldn't agree more. Although for me, I seem to fit into many circles, but never felt like I really belonged.
The sci-fi thing, I never really read any sci-fi books, but I do enjoy a good sci-fi flick here and there, but for me it's more about content and quality, and that goes for just about everything. Star Trek is a good example, because I never really watched the show(s), or any of the previous movies, but was blown away by the very last movie that was released in '09. I understand some were upset by an alternate storyline, but I don't think many can argue that it wasn't a quality film. Had it been called "Some Random Sci-fi Flick" it would've been loved by all. But I've gone off topic on this one.
Comics never did it for me, yet I love to read. I guess I never made an effort into turning comic reading into a hobby, because I can't say I dislike comics. I read almost anything, so I can't be specific in terms of what I like. Like I said, it's the content and quality of the material that do it for me, so I can read about just any topic.
The whole gadget thing, well, most guys like electronics. But yeah, since childhood, I've had a knack for electronics, so you can call me a sucker for those, but I've delayed my early adopter ways, partly due to finances, and partly due to not feeling like it's been worth it as much (I still ended up w/ an MGS4 PS3 bundle, which makes me feel like I got the best overall system (don't jump down my throat 60GB-ers, I know you've been playing your system longer and have better PS2 BC than I); a PS3 system w/ BC on most of my PS Games of the 2 previous generations, a DualShock 3, MGS4, 4 usb ports, an 80GB HDD (which I've now upgraded to 500GB) and the chrome trimming of the 60GB launch system, at the price of what the 20GB system was). Also, I got my degree in Computer Information Systems, attended BOCES 2 yrs in high school for PC Repair and Technical Electronics, and it's almost in my blood (3 of my uncles are engineers).
But I'll tell ya, most people can't believe that I'm a gamer (not as "hardcore" as I used to be in my younger days, but a gamer nonetheless) because of the great health I'm in. Every doctor I've gone to says I'm in amazing health. A month or two ago, a doctor that specializes in natural remedies and wellness said I'm the healthiest person he's seen in a very LOOOONNG time. My life insurance agent said my result came back and I'm in the top 10%, and that I have the health and physique of an Olympic athlete. I kid you not my fellow readers and commentors. I'm also a practitioner of Capoeira, and am learning Wing Chun. In high school I was in a sport during every season (Fencing, Swimming, Lacrosse, Tennis), and to this day hold one of the fastest times for the shuttle run in the school's history (7.6sec), along with a pretty decent mile run (5min 50sec). I also know gymnastics (which integrates beautifully into Capoeira), and when it comes to eating, my habits are pretty good; doc tells me I have a balanced diet. I try not to eat too many greasy foods, staying away from soda and other sugar-loaded drinks and foods, and I drink plenty of water. Besides, my body seems to crave healthy food, which makes it easy for me to eat healthy, probably because that's what my exposure has been.
Either way, I kinda get a kick out of people's reactions because of this, because I'm such a mixed bag. Too bad that leaves me at the "Jack of all trades, master of none" group, but it's all good. I'd rather know a little about a lot, than a lot about a little, although that can be subjective.
Sorry for the long post, especially this being my first (possibly second?) post, but I've been a reader on this site for awhile now, and I couldn't resist commenting. I read and check on this site 2-3 times a day, and it's about time I contributed SOMETHING.
It's been a pleasure, peace.

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Qubex
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 1:54:23 PM

Please remember to use a space in between your paragraphs if possible. It makes for much easier reading on the eyes :)

Interesting read... and keep healthy... you will probably out live me quite easily then :)

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Aranha
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 3:12:15 PM

Thanks and yes, I'll keep the spacing in mind. I was using 5 spaces (equivalent to pressing 'Tab') at the beginning of each new paragraph, but when I posted the comment I realized all those spaces were truncated. I'll skip whole lines from now on.

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bigrailer19
Sunday, April 17, 2011 @ 2:21:08 AM

It is easier on the eyes but I could see where you ended and started a paragraph, so don't worry bout that too much. This isn't graded or anything. ;)

It's amazing your in that good of health. I find it fascinating that people like yourself can so easily exert the body to that degree. What mean is I work out 3-5 days a week, I play slowpitch softball year round and engage in motocross (one of the top physically demanding sports) and I don't see myself being anywhere near that type of health! Mainly because I just eat what I like lol. I only consume liquids like water and juices and milk. I don't drink soda or anything like that, but will have the occasional beer. But food. I love food. I love to cook, and I love to try most types of foods. So it's hard for me to eat "right" as they say. I do however stay far away from fast food chains. ;)



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Skatejimmy5
Sunday, April 17, 2011 @ 5:55:33 AM
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I'm not too into sci-fi, really. I enjoy a nice movie of that genre sometimes, but I never really cared about Star Wars or Star Trek either. Never touched any other comic books than Donald Duck, but that was just when I was a kid. I was crazy about those for a while, but it passed just as fast as it started.

I like iPhones, but I don't really care for any other gadgets. Facebook and Twitter are nice, but not essential to my life.

I'm in somewhat good shape, I guess. I don't work out all the time, but I run sometimes and play badminton every Sunday. So I'm not just a couch potato. I also skateboard, so I'm not really in poor health.

There you have it, not everyone is one of the stereotypes, but I'm sure a lot of people fit these connections. At least some of them.

;)

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TheOldOne
Monday, April 18, 2011 @ 10:13:47 AM
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Loved the pic of the article (gamer girl wearing underwear and high heels)!

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Beer Bandit
Monday, April 18, 2011 @ 10:32:17 AM
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Is it just me? Isn't Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series fantasy and not sci-fi? Granted, they always lump the fantasy and sci-fi books together at bookstores and the super goodwill I go to, but I would never consider it sci-fi. Enders Game on the other hand..... (who DOESN'T like that series!)

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ChadWSmith
Monday, April 18, 2011 @ 11:26:18 AM
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Basically, you aren't a real gamer. At the very least, you are far from the typical gamer.

I'm not saying you have to do all those things to be a gamer - but if you don't do any of them - particularly "game all the time" - then you aren't a true gamer. You're a casual gamer, at best.

The reason the association between SciFi and games, and SuperHeroes and games is obvious - look at the content of most games. SciFi, Fantasy, and SuperHeroes.

As as far as liking other gadgets - that's pretty much a safe bet, too, for most true gamers. It stems from comparing various consoles, particularly handhelds, before purchase - and/or building your own gaming rig, or knowing what you need to know to buy a good rig....

The part about being in good health, that's a result of people who play games all the time - they probably aren't in good health, because sitting and playing video games doesn't burn a lot of calories. And up until the Wii and then Move and Kinect - there wasn't much movement involved. Even now, the vast majority of games can be played sitting on a couch. But - it's certainly not always true.

Anyone can play video games. But to be a true "Gamer" you need to be more committed than you seem to be.

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Lairfan
Monday, April 18, 2011 @ 6:25:56 PM
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Great pic choice, Ben.

Anyways, I easily fall into the first category. I love sci-fi. Its my favorite genre out of all other genres, and as long as its quality I eat it up.

As for the other ones, well, I've never been into comic books, though I like certain characters like Batman and Iron Man (with the recent addition of Cole the Electric Man). I dislike technology's over-complexity, but I'm cool with services like Steam that offer a lot of options. I'm always open to cool options that I would like to use when it comes to tech.

I'm in decent health right now. I exercise enough to keep healthy and trimmed down, but I'm certainly not an athlete by any means. As for playing video games exclusively, I don't do that at all. I love reading, watching movies, watching good TV (none of that reality crap or any remakes of old shows like V), and playing games equally. They all offer something unique and interesting for me to do when I'm bored or want an escape.

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Banky A
Monday, April 18, 2011 @ 6:39:06 PM
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I don't follow things that are sci-fi.
Comic books aren't that interesting.
I like gadgets but I don't buy them.
I do boxing.
The last one I relate to.

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