Geeks Are In, But How Come Game Geeks Are Always Out?
Somebody has to explain this to me, please.
Nerd culture is in. It's hip. It's slick. It's the thing to be. "The Big Bang Theory" is a popular television show. Everyone loves electronic gadgets; it isn't just the pale, friendless, awkward kid in school.
So why aren't gaming geeks in fashion? What happened?
Everything about cell phones and tablets and computers is deemed "cool" or at the very least, "normal" these days. Back in the 70s and 80s, electronics were strictly the haven of the nerds, of the kids who weren't invited to parties, and of the adults who never were invited to parties and were subsequently stuck with solitary forms of entertainment. Quick tangent- Let's not forget that video games was initially a solitary hobby, which is why the nerds gravitated towards it.
But now, just about everything that was considered "geeky" decades ago is part of mainstream culture and widely accepted as perfectly normal. ...except video games. We just can't win, can we? Growing up in the 80s, I never would've dreamed that the majority of stuff I was interested in would become interesting to the masses. And yet, here we are, and the most popular chicks in school are into electronic gadgets of all kind, and yeah, even the jocks might play a video game or two. But overall, in the bigger scheme of things, avid gamers simply aren't allowed to move up the social ladder. No more rungs for you!
It's a bizarre phenomenon, actually. You could do all sorts of geeky things. You could be a "Star Wars" buff and dress up and go to conventions, and even that doesn't seem half so geeky as someone over the age of 30 playing video games. You could still be into Dungeons & Dragons or be in love with all of Tolkien's work. Hell, those "Lord of the Rings" movies were kinda popular, yes? And we're all allowed to enjoy that but when it comes to video games, the stigmas and stereotypes remain firmly entrenched, despite the electronics explosion. Totally weird.
I will never understand why it's okay for someone to play a game on their cell phone or tablet, but playing a game on a dedicated entertainment system is still seen as a touch...questionable.
4/10/2012 9:11:44 PM Ben Dutka