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Gamers Living In "The Dark Ages"

You know, we gamers are starting to pine for the good ol' days when we were only geeks. Now, we're entirely responsible for breaking up the nuclear family and the recent phenomenon where men don't wish to grow up and accept the responsibilities of adulthood. And even worse, we're being accused of these atrocities by individuals who know as much about the subject as I know about gardening.

In a recent editorial at the TimesOnline, UK professor Kate Muir relates the story of how she overhears "two intelligent, thirtysomething suited guys talking about their new Xbox 360s and what transcendent joy was to be had from them." Then, she found out the two men were "childless," which apparently prompted a flood of thought from Ms. Muir, all of which fueled by archaic stereotypes that have no place in 2008. She was "worried" when she learned of the statistics, and went on to say that she "assumed that, after adolescence, young men would put away childish things" and you know, move on and have babies. She then says it's "worse than grown men building Hornby 00-gauge train sets in their attics, or constructing battles with painted toy soldiers." My favorite part of the whole piece is as follows-

"Who knew that the generation who first became addicted to Pac-Man and Super Mario would turn out to be boys who never grew up? Man-teens sitting before their kiddy consoles like huge manatees. But the games addiction is only a symptom of the extended childhood of the 21st-century hominid. Marriage, families and children are being delayed for as long as possible, replaced by conspiratorial flatmates and microwaved gastropub ready meals."

Now look what we went and did. We've destroyed the family and stopped women from - evidently - fulfilling their lifelong dreams of having children. We did. The gamers. It's all our fault. Because, after all, those "kiddy" consoles have always been, and will just continue to be, for kids. ...you'll have to excuse me, but my eyes are rolling so very far up into my head, and I may be risking an aneurysm if I continue.

2/6/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (16 posts)

Reccaman18
Wednesday, February 06, 2008 @ 11:56:12 AM
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I am really getting tired of this crap. How long do they plan to keep this up? You know, Im actually waiting for someone to take all the gamers to court or something! They did the same thing with rock and roll. It is getting ridiculously out of hand. I mean, seriously, what is wrong with these people?!

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danr
Wednesday, February 06, 2008 @ 1:03:55 PM

I know, playing games when they are 40-odd, what is wrong with these people?

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fatchad420
Wednesday, February 06, 2008 @ 11:57:47 AM
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I guess i should turn off my PS3 and go have some kids.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, February 06, 2008 @ 12:08:24 PM
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LOL @ fatchad420

Yeah, I'm getting pretty sick of this, too. Since when do those who know so little about a subject see fit to lecture...? What's this new trend?

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monomilkman
Wednesday, February 06, 2008 @ 12:36:10 PM
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well if women weren't so picky id gladly sleep with them, then after while they are in the bathroom cleaning up ill be on my ps3

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danr
Wednesday, February 06, 2008 @ 1:01:51 PM

does this mean that they dont like you enuf for any to sleep with you?

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PapiJulio
Wednesday, February 06, 2008 @ 3:36:28 PM
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Don't hate the player, hate the game!

Cool bars

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huskerfan_101
Wednesday, February 06, 2008 @ 3:46:38 PM
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Whats a Woman?

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Zapix
Wednesday, February 06, 2008 @ 3:56:52 PM
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haha, relationships and games! I knew a married couple that was all messed up. I was friends with both, wife was a nice woman, husband was this ex marine (or in his words "prior serviced"... whatever!) that obsessed over the original Halo. All I heard about was Halo, and he ignored her for it. Me... LOL, used to play FFXI with my girl, we lived together. I stopped playing, she cheated on me a few days later and kicked me out of the house. Oh the irony.

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BlinkBoy
Wednesday, February 06, 2008 @ 4:31:06 PM
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Well I believe that video gaming will save the world in the end.
People would rather play games instead of going out and bomb in real life.

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Joema
Wednesday, February 06, 2008 @ 4:40:24 PM
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There was a huge article in the paper about how the Wii is good for senior citizens. Does this mean that you have to stop playing games when you turn 30 and can start again 40 years later?

I have a teacher that plays world of warcraft, and she doesn't have kids. I'm not saying this is why she doesn't have kids, but there is no reason to call out the men.

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Wednesday, February 06, 2008 @ 4:44:03 PM
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She's right you know. These people represent a dispicable trend of middle aged, overworked, tired, frustrated, and stressed out men; who come home and vent away all this by killing aliens and bludgeoning zombies til there heads fall off. These men are completely ignoring there families. I mean back in the day men used to vent these things by beating their wives and children. Where has this quality time gone? What will become of these, obviously unloved, children?

The key to understanding these tirades is simply tell yourself to "think of the children".

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giant123
Wednesday, February 06, 2008 @ 5:49:09 PM
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seriously games are a passtime like music movies

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K Phantom
Wednesday, February 06, 2008 @ 7:04:11 PM
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I didn't read the whole thing, i read the first and second paragraphs , cuz i am growing sick of these morons (usually women) who still think that they don't get a husband because of video games.(p.s. maybe she would get a husband if she didnt get her stinkin Ph.D).and hey monomilkman, if women were less picky we would see them with midgets and autistic dudes...lol i cant take it anymore i going back to crysis!! Peace.


P.S. i love the comment feature, thank u PSX

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monomilkman
Thursday, February 07, 2008 @ 7:42:28 AM

hahaha priceless

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Gabriel013
Thursday, February 07, 2008 @ 1:49:13 AM
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There are some great comments here. Just like the rest of you I'm fed up with being stereotyped. You could replace playing games with any other time intensive hobby couldn't you?

I agree with monomilkman. Woman need to be less picky.

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