Today, after my hour at the gym and some chores involving food, dishes, cleaning, trash, and other adult functions, I decided to get on my computer to see what the buzz was on the web, only to find a video saying it was wrong to play video games over 30, yet giving no reason why.
Oh, I’m sorry, NBC did give a reason, “it’s weird.” Seriously? That’s it? That’s what makes it wrong for an adult to have a hobby that involves video games? We should have other things on our mind as adults?
Like what, movies, news, and sports? I’m not allowed to trade those out for something different? We have jobs and pay bills just like every1 else. I know plenty of non-gamers who live with their parents, so this generalization is rather dated. You know, I believe there’s a word for this dissaproval of anything different: Bigotry.
“A bigot is a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices, especially one exhibiting intolerance and animosity toward those of differing beliefs. The predominant usage in modern English refers to persons hostile to those of differing race, ethnicity, religion or spirituality, nationality, inter-regional prejudice, gender and sexual orientation, homelessness, various medical disorders, particularly behavioral disorders and addictive disorders. Forms of bigotry may have a related ideology or world views.”
If memory serves, gamers have been under a great heap of trouble and animosity for the last decade now, even to the point of an atempt at having our hobby banned by the Supreme Court.
Wow. I believe the Supreme Court agreed that video games were protected by the 1st Amendment under freedom of speech.
Freedom, let’s look at this word for a moment…
1. the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint: He won his freedom after a retrial.
2. exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc.
3. the power to determine action without restraint.
So, this means that I can choose for myself, which includes my hobbies. Video games are just like movies, watching sports, art, music, or any other medium of entertainment.
Is it that video games are immature? That can’t be it, because the rating system is set up to keep children away from violent or otherwise adult video games. Alternately, I know several adult women who watch kid shows like Arthur, Rugrats, Doug, and many others. This is seen as socially acceptable. Harry Potter fans in their 40s seem acceptable, so why can adults not play video games intended for adults?
Again, we go back to bigotry, the same bigotry that started looking down on the black community simply because they’re different. How about we tackle the homosexual crowd, or rich people, or poor people? Why don’t we just hate every1 who isn’t like us again? We seem to be on our way already, so why the hell not?
Oh, there’s another word that involves a group of people badgering a single group or person repeatedly: Bullying. Let’s see the definition.
“Bullying is abusive treatment, the use of force or coercion to affect others, particularly when habitual and involving an imbalance of power. It may involve verbal harassment, physical assault or coercion, and may be directed persistently towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of race, religion, sex, or ability.”
The bolded part seem to apply to the last decade that gamers have had to endure, being under fire by pretty much every1 who didn’t play video games.
I believe bullying has been the subject of many suicides in the last few years, right? Quite the issue nowadays. You know how it is, though; if every1 keeps insulting you and laughing at you long enough, then you cease to value the life you have because it’s no longer living. You feel like a broken husk of a person that no1 will accept, and you just want it to end, so you take the only road you know.
It’s such a sad path, but what choice do they have? All the insults have sapped the enjoyment from their life. I wonder who’s to blame…
I’d hate to say this to my “elders,” but you people need to grow up and show some tolerance. I learned that from Seasame Street. Be accepting and tolerant of all others, no matter how different.
As long as I’m not hurting any1, I’m fine, right?
Have I not the right to choose my hobby? Have I not the right to be accepted? Have I not the right to be treated as a human?
After reading this, I hope you will do some soul-searching and some major re-evaluation towards the treatment of others. Thank you for your time.