Gamer Culture

Why have gamers always been thought of or considered as nerds? In my own personal experience when I tell people that I am an avid gamer, their first reaction is to usually mumble “nerd” under their breath. I never understood that as by my understanding a “nerd” is often used as a derogatory term to describe someone who is a foolish person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious. A quick look at my GPA will remove any notion of me being “boringly studious”. And while you’re not going to find me out partying any day of the week, I guarantee that I can be the “life of the party”.  The idea that video games “repress” social interaction is far from truthful. Through video games, I have connected with hundreds of people all across the globe. I have friends in London and Singapore that have never been within a thousand miles of me but still manage to be close friends due to the bonds formed while playing video games. So why is gaming culture so often acknowledged as “nerdy” by such a vast population? It is possibly due to another translation for a nerd; a single-minded expert in a particular technical field. While this definition hits a little closer to home it still doesn’t represent the gaming community. The purpose of a video game is to capture your attention and entertain you by having you complete actions and objectives to progress through a narrative. Just because someone is focused on doing that doesn’t mean he is single-minded as games will often engage multiple parts and aspects of your mind.

So why is gaming culture so often acknowledged as “nerdy” by such a vast population? It is possibly due to another translation for a nerd; a single-minded expert in a particular technical field. While this definition hits a little closer to home it still doesn’t represent the gaming community. The purpose of a video game is to capture your attention and entertain you by having you complete actions and objectives to progress through a narrative. Just because someone is focused on doing that doesn’t mean he is single-minded as games will often engage multiple parts and aspects of your mind. Another possibility for why gamers are often considered nerds is due to gamers portrayal in movies and tv shows. Due to gamers presence in pop-culture, the term “nerd” and “gamer” have become synonymous.

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“Nerd” Presents on Gaming

Although some of these ideas and concepts I have found to be quite agreeable. For instance, gaming culture is further divided into different cultures between consoles and PC. I have seen forums upon forums of arguments between Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo, and PC fanatics all claiming that their form of gaming is superior to others. Looking upon these forums I can see why the world view gamers as nerds when you hear gamers talking about “computers with a 10-core processor, three GTX 980 Ti graphics cards, 4 TB of solid-state drive space running triple-A games at 4k resolutions at 60fps.” Just hearing things like that you begin to understand how gamers can be considered to be single-minded experts in a particular technical field. However, that is still no reason to label an entire culture of people as “nerds” simply because they enjoy games and the joy it brings to people because when you delve deep enough into anything, there will always be a core fan base of fanatics and nerds.

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