ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Double Standard Against Gamers

Updated on April 23, 2011

I am a gamer and I am proud of it. I have put money into video games and am not ashamed. Yet this is just part of my life yet it is a part that is treated with a double standard by none gamers. For some it is a lack of understanding, other pure contempt and others still profit/political career. It is because of this that video games and gamers are treated with a double standard.

To prove the point let us look at a few different people. People look at the book guy who has a large collection of books and regard him as smart intellectual. A movie buff is given respect for his knowledge. A person who likes to eat revered in food challenges and is considered a gourmet or coinsure of food. Yet a gamer is looked at as childish and wasting his time. This is a complete double standard that people expoit for political gain and money in addition to a convenient escape goat for violent actions.

Everyone remembers Columbine School shooting, it was a national tragedy brought on by bullies and unfortunate youths that couldn’t take it no more and became mentally unbalanced. It should have been a time for a deep look at ourselves and reevaluating how our schools are ran, are regard toward bullying and the bullied, and a deep look at ourselves for failing everyone involved. Instead it was turned into a media circus and the blame game began and no there wasn’t proper blame going around on the bullies or parents, or even teachers and school administrators, no it was video games that were to blame.

Doom first launched in 1993 and was uploaded to shareware in 1995 where it reached 10 million people. It was a game that had some popularity to it. Columbine happened on April 20 1999. That means for 6 years no one killed anyone because of Doom but all of a sudden it is doom that made some kids snap and go on a killing spree, not likely. This is another example of politicians, the media, and various others using  the not understood video games and video game culture to take blame away from a problem they should have been handling.

In truth nothing was learned from that day. My school at Bridgeman simply used the excuse that they didn’t see the bullying and thus it wasn’t happening allowing the bullies to continue on bullying and making people like myself miserable. Yet I never thought despite years of playing violent video games and loving them to go and shoot up my school. In fact the news did more to put that idea in my head than video games ever did. I remember my first impression upon hearing it was “You can do that” because it had never crossed my mind to exact revenge in that manner and low and behold afterward string of school shootings takes place. Was it gaming culture to blame or was it in fact failed policies, corrupt administrators and media sources to blame? You be the judge.

The next trend that I see is the addiction to video games and how they affect your mind. First off addiction be it to drugs, alcohol, hoarding, or video games is a very serious thing and should not be used for political conveniences or taken lightly. I’m sure many of you reading this article have come across one of these articles normally written by none gamers with no real science behind them, playing off people’s fears and current events. Normally a gamer will gamer will know it is bullshit pretty quickly but the average person who does not understand gaming culture, does not understand why we would at midnight be a our local GameStops to pick up a copy of Portal 2 or Mortal Kombat or whatever midnight release that is going on at the time will not have the same ability to notice the bullshit.

The further danger comes from the fact to recognize the level of bullshit in the article one has to play games and immerse themselves in the gaming culture which the articles are telling this is highly addicting and bad for them so the chances of them seeing if this is indeed true are slim and unless they have a true gamer as a friend they will not be able to get a good source of information and this is what these panderers are counting on and what they exploit to control the masses.

What is the difference between an avid reader and a avid gamer? What about the difference between a coinsure of food and a coinsure of video games? What about a frequent movie goer and a frequent gamer? Doing any of these things seems to be okay but if you are love video games and play them as much as others read, eat, or watch movies then according to these people you have a problem. It doesn’t matter that you are not technically addicted to video games and that what you are doing is not a medical addiction, neither of these facts is considered by the writers and advocates against video games.

There are people that will come out against video games, saying it is bad for kids but these people are ignorant and hypocrites. First off video games have ratings and M for mature are not meant for children and Rockstar Games has even gone on record saying that if you buy their games for your kids you are a bad parent. Second no one is forcing these games on anyone, the people coming out against these are the same ones that don’t spend time raising their own children and teaching them wrong from right.

How many of these same people will you see at peace protests or anti war demonstrations? I guess it is only wrong in their eyes to kill people virtually for when you do it in real life it is perfectly okay.

Gaming culture is a fun and engaging thing, it is no different from anime culture, or book culture, or any other culture and yet it is treated differently even though it is not. We who love games love to immerse ourselves in our hobby of choice. It is no different for us to get excited when they release a Gears of War Replica Lancer than it is for a book lover to get excited when they are making a screen adaptation of their favorite book. How is it any less natural and acceptable to immerse yourself into gaming that it is to immerse yourself in book clubs, attending conventions, getting excited that a sequel is coming out. It isn’t and it is time that it stopped being treated differently.

Replica Lancer
Replica Lancer

It is time for adults to be adults and that means accepting that something new is hear and that it is not just for kids, that it is not Satanic or evil (owe yes I have heard some say that). It is time that Gaming culture be treated with the respect that it deserves, that it be accepted as an equal form of art just as music, movies, and various other mediums are. It is time for gaming to not be used as a scapegoat anymore for failed people and policies. It is time for the double standard to end!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)