Cheerleaders want quarterbacks, nerds want large chested babes that come with minimal assembly and pot smokers want to Munch on whatever sits next to them (my poor dog).
Ever since gaming culture has been established (yes it is an established culture), we’ve heard over and over again about how nerds have been climbing up the social ladder, right now they are somewhere smack in the middle. Ever since Jack the Jock picked up a controller and thought that shooting and blowing things up was awesome, we can agree that gaming has become a accepted pass time that doesn’t get you beaten up at school anymore.
The courting has changed as well along with gaming being socially accepted as a cool thing to do.
Along with the online dating possibilities that have caused more happy marriages then disastrous ones, people dating each other online doesn’t raise an eyebrow like it used to.
Back then to impress a girl, all it took was chocolate, flowers and permission from her homicidal father. The happier days that is. Now to impress a girl you have to have somewhat of a decent setup. I like to observe this ritual as I’ve seen it several times. Man meets girl in game room, they soon meet in chat room. After a while he sends pictures from his best angle (closeup on his eye while the background displays a 50 inch TV with a game collection that would make Jesus blush). He starts playing games that are entirely out of his character. Lets say that John Warez loves to play shooter games, he loooooves to blow up things and shoot people. All of a sudden he plays games that contain a lot of pink. Pink, cute and cuddly, to simply impress his online sweetheart.
As the mating dance continues it advances with him showing the rest of him. By now the girl likes him not for his appearance, she likes him for the simple fact that it would be fun to have a man to play “my little pony stuck in my little pink house with my little pink ribbon” with.
Now here comes the interesting part, John starts to get competition. There are other males flashing off their collection to attract the females attention. In panic he heads out and buys any console or game that she has mentioned was her absolute favorite, now she is his.
It is interesting, how the size of your gaming collection, how many consoles you have, how long you’ve been a gamer, matter so much in the social dance of proving that you are are indeed the real deal. Sometimes there isn’t one day that does by where I hear from various John’s these following sentences:
1) I was a beta tester (who hasn’t?)
2) I still have my Atari (Scared of the 3D monster?)
3) I have 569 games from various consoles (Junk collector?)
4) I have all the old consoles in mint condition ( I guess the new consoles don’t work on your old TV)
5) I am a significant person in the gaming community (oh, you mean a consumer?) <—
Hey, I like many others do appreciate the good old classics and I do like to collect old games so do not take this personally. It is just the 5 classic things for a guy to say online to impress the same or the opposite gender. After John gets her attention with those 5 sentences, here is the next step:
1) I am a game developer (yes i can make things in flash too)
2) I work for Sony/Xbox/Nintendo (classic)
3) I have my own blog/review/podcast website (oh god, you have no money!)
4) I am fata1ity in disguise (……)
5) I am a producer (now its getting out of hand)
After a long time observing people online, I came to one final truth.
No one tells the entire truth.
Gaming culture took a big step from being about games and inspiration for various new ways of entertainment, to who has the biggest gaming collection. It’s not so much gaming as it is trying to impress various individuals.
Anyone that say any of the statements posted above, I know is just trying to get some attention. I would like to make a more detailed study. Maybe write a dating online book or something. You have a lot of things to your advantage by hiding behind a computer/TV. What really impresses me is how many people that actually believe everything some people say online. I’ve noticed that with my job. We have a lot of people pretending to be staff on my work site, and the 10 year old kids believe it. Now am I saying that a lot of people have the same common sense as a 10 year old, sometimes yes.
I am not in any way condemning online dating, hey, that is how i met my husband. It has seems to have gone from how we met (which was playing games we actually both enjoyed, if I got a lame game he didn’t like, he didn’t play with me) to something entirely different. as a matter a fact, here are a few points of observation of people that are not trying to impress you.
1) they talk a bit about their outside life, not involving gaming
2) you don’t see them sending you invites to games you don’t have
3) you don’t see them getting a game just because you have it
4) They rather be quiet and enjoy the game and speak only when necessary
5) they pull a joke once in a while to expose a bit of their personality
6) they do not tell your their life story within the span of 15 minutes
7) they rather play with you only if personality’s match and gaming skill.
8) they will let you know if they think that your friends are a$%^oles
9) they wont dis your taste of games, they will however give you a little pundent and not a 30 min review on why you shouldn’t be playing that game.
10a they play games that are not always socially cool in the community, they play what they like to play, not to impress anyone.
10b) They will not get a game just because its the flavour of the month, they get if they feel that its worth playing through.
(sorry about the A and B part, I try to keep an even list)
All it is in the end, is a big act. Once the curtains starts rolling down, you take a deep bow and hope that your mom isn’t up yet so you can sneak away from your gaming basement up to your room.
Don’t step on her dog…or your she will ground you.
That would hurt your Libido