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Ever been insulted for playing video games?
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Posted 10/1/14
No I haven't and this shouldn't happen to anyone at all.
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Posted 10/1/14
No I guess not. I've felt sometimes that people have looked down upon it, but I think that was many years ago. Nothing blatant.
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Posted 10/3/14
Not really. My freinds and family understand that's a part of who I am and respect my passion for it. As far as outside parties are concerned, I usually pay them no mind. Though I do feel a bit insulted when the mass media sends out this negative stereotype of what they think a gamer is like. Misinformation like that leads others to think a gamer as something vile, and to be looked down upon. Its something that I rarely come across these days, but it still somehow manages to show up every now and again. Stuff like that makes me sigh.
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Posted 10/8/14 , edited 10/8/14
All the time. Mostly with my cousins or guy friends, even my Dad. (mainly because I'm a girl. ) They tease me for playing fighter games and occasionally having a shooter game. It gets on my nerves. But they have been doing it ever since I was able to pick up a controller. I should be getting use to it by now.
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Posted 10/8/14
If at all I've been unaware of it. The closest I've ever gotten to being insulted for playing them was in the early years of my childhood. My mother didn't quite understand my fascination with games & when it was clear they weren't just a passing trend she questioned it pretty often. But years later here I am still playing & even so much as gotten her into a minor game or two that she enjoys.
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Posted 10/10/14
In my country, playing game = lazy, piece of trash, loser of society.
I'm still play it for 20 years though, despite what everyone look at me.
Then I really become a lazy, piece of trash, loser of society, but I'm glad that I decided to play those game, and still want to play more.
No regrets, I guess.
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Posted 10/13/14

Lurker-o wrote:

In my country, playing game = lazy, piece of trash, loser of society.
I'm still play it for 20 years though, despite what everyone look at me.
Then I really become a lazy, piece of trash, loser of society, but I'm glad that I decided to play those game, and still want to play more.
No regrets, I guess.


u shouldn't think of urself as a piece of trash.
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Posted 10/13/14
I think it's funny that back then,you were made fun of for playing video games. Today you're made fun of for not playing video games .
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Posted 10/19/14
I've been treated in a condescending manner before due to my gender. I've been playing since I could walk thanks to my older brother's influence, he's 6 years older so while I was growing up I was playing games like Warcraft 3, Neverwinter Nights, Baldur's Gate and the like. Gaming has always been a personal experience for me especially due to a lack of friends who shared the same interest, I made 1 friend in primary school who used to play WoW with me. Other than that I was just another kid, having fun, until puberty hit and all girls wanted to talk about was their crushes, so I spent those years pretending to be interested. During my first 2 years I acted the same because I went to an all-girls school at that time and no way was I going to fit in otherwise. Horrible friendships were formed. I moved schools in my 3rd year and at this stage I just kept all my hobbies to myself (manga, anime, gaming, music taste - the lot) and formed quite superficial relationships. To date, I only have 3 true friends who all know and none of them act in a condescending manner towards me and I'm so thankful for that, but jesus, people are still assholes based purely on gender alone.

Honestly though, guys complain about "fake gamer girls", "fake geeks" and whatever "fake" label is trending these days, but when you think about it all those cam girls who started "gaming" and streaming their cleavage - I mean, gameplay - decided to do so because they saw how successful the combination of having boobs and gaming were and now they're making a tonne of money off your asses. The "fake gamer girl" was literally born from the male desire and now they're complaining about it but they'll still fawn over a controller sitting between a "gamer girls" cleavage.

This is literally a decade worth of pent up "where the fuck do I belong" feelings because it can really be all over the place when you're in your element (e.g. gaming) and are targeted by pathetic individuals who feel they have the right to put you and your passion down. /end rant
Posted 10/21/14 , edited 10/21/14
So far no one has made fun of me, but I have been placed in the category "wanna be girl gamer". Pretty ridiculous.

I have also been looked at in a weird way when I talk about video games. Like mugged. Most likely because I'm a girl.

There was a time when I was playing a CoD game that I ran into an ass. He kicked me out of his clan for being a girl.

Its always been the "you're a girl" phrase. It's gotten old, but I'm over it. Lol

People would make fun of not being at a high level like other players in most games, I stopped giving a crap. When I was younger it bugged the hell out of me and made me feel like i sucked, but I out grew it.

Well that's all that has happened with me in the video game life. Lol
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Posted 10/22/14
Wow, people can be brutal, huh. I live in a state where the local pastime is making fun of people like me so I quickly adapted a "don't ask, don't tell" policy to protect myself and fellow gamers. Now, the social stigma has laxed quite a bit, but you still get people who you know see you in a negative light for staying home and "wasting time on them games." I always want to ask them "What should I be wasting time on, gtting drunk and getting into fights for no reason?" I have a good job that I work hard at and can spend my time and money on what I like, thank you very much.
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Posted 10/22/14

Tankfantry wrote:

Are you kidding me? I grew up in the 80/90's before gaming was cool. I got picked on all the time for trading NES/Sega cartridges with friends at school. Don't even get me started on how bad the taunting was for playing Magic.


I sometimes commute to work by bus. It seems bizarre to see adults older than me playing a video game on their mobile device or tablet. I often wonder why other adults don't openly mock them.

For what it's worth, I have used dedicated portable consoles in public as an adult. I have even used them to play a number of cute, offbeat, and girly games. I expect that my fellow adults will insult me.
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Posted 10/23/14
Not that I know off....might have happened when I was a child though.
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