Even as the horrendous mainstream transformation of gaming continues, there are still many misconceptions of what has become known as the “hardcore gamer.” Thoroughly proud of a title that I’ve trained for since the age of seven and have retained for many years, I am fully qualified to debunk these misconceptions and stereotypes with the truth and nothing but the truth. So, without further adieu, here are the common misconceptions about hardcore gamers, from one that plays video game as many hours a week as most people work.
Hardcore Gamers are Fat, Lazy, and Don’t Perform Well in Sunlight No. While South Park did an exceptional job with the World of Warcraft episode, on a case by case basis it just isn’t true. There’s no denying that there’s some gamers that have the shape of their rear implanted into their leather gaming chair, from not moving once over the course of four days, but the average hardcore gamer is pretty much average. Tall, short, slim, wide-we cover the entire gambit. Visiting any competitive gaming arena will allow you to see just how much we differ. There are even a few gamers in excellent shape, mostly because they find being fit an advantage in competitive gaming (where they’ll have to stay focused for hours on end).
Hardcore Gamers Don’t do well in School I’ll be the first to admit that if you frequent a few video game forums you’re going to find some significantly stupid people. Then again, you’re going to find some significantly stupid people no matter where you go. In my own personal experience, which is the New York City gaming scene, I’ve come across some pretty intelligent gamers, many of which do their gaming in college dorms while balancing exams, homework and some semblance of a social life. That guy or gal you see in Barnes and Noble reading a thick Dostoevsky book will probably hand you your dignity in Guilty Gear.
Hardcore Gamers Don’t Eat This is apparently a new one because I just started hearing it recently. As if by some virtue of the imagination the hardcore gamer’s stomach will shut down or suck it up in order to allow them to play extended periods without eating. Fact: a gamer, especially a hardcore gamer will become absorbed in their game so much that they won’t pick up anything to eat until they beat a particular mission or a round is over. But make no mistake, pizza will be shoved down a throat and a cup of noodle will become a lifesaver.
Hardcore Gamers Don’t Know Politics This is clearly more of an assumption based on the crowd that seems to continuously blame video games for violent acts. It’s more of an insult to our intelligence than anything else, in the sense that they believe seeing Kratos stab a Minotaur in its mouth or a SEAL team take down some terrorists will cause us to go berserk and want to blow something up. It just isn’t true, sorry.
That covers all four bases. There are more, but they generally aren’t as important as those quintessential four. There’s no denying that hardcore gamers definitely more devoted to gaming than any casual gamers, but don’t assume anything of us.