I like to fancy myself as an open minded individual. I freely admit that I was not always an open minded person. Matter of fact, I would say that at one time, I was the poster child a very narrow minded individual, shallow individual, who made assumptions from preconceived notions. I was an asshole. Getting older changed how I looked at the world, or so I thought…
I was not as bad as these fucking guys though.
Today, I'm well aware that there are all types of gamers out there. Young and old, male and female, whatever. I think that it's great that the gaming community has become so diverse. It doesn’t has to be all about the 18-35 male demographic. That's why I was so disappointed with myself the other day.
Sitting at work, a co-worker came up to me asking a question about an e-mail that she got. This co-worker is a few years older than me, married, with a 10-year-old daughter. She was all excited because she got an e-mail from Taco Bell saying that she won a PS4 from their $5 Box promotion.
My first reaction was pure unbridled jealousy, then the urge to go to Taco Bell and most like spend the rest of the day in the bathroom in agony. Getting older does that. When I was a teen, I could eat anything I wanted, and not gain a pound or have nary a worry of it messing with my stomach. Today, I just look at a McDonald's hamburger and my bowels explode.
IBS is no laughing matter.
After reading her e-mail, I confirmed that it looked legit to me and congratulated her. We then continued the conversation about the merits of the PS4 and the XboxOne. Turns our that she's quite the gamer herself. She's a Nintendo diehard and huge fan of the Zelda series, which is pretty cool. She also had an Xbox 360 that she used quite a bit, along with her daughter.
However, initially, I was surprised by this as she never mentioned that she was a gamer previously, nor did she look like a gamer. That's when I realized that I'm still a douchey ass. What does a gamer look like today? I'll take a gander into the mirror and I reckon that I don't "look" like a gamer either.
What's most disappointing, is that I'm someone who fervently defends the industry as being more about violent games played by reclusive gamers, and here I am, falling back into the same stereotypes. It made me realize that I still have some work to do. Especially considering that I have a beautiful 1-year-old daughter that has unlimited potential to become anything she wants or take part in any sport or hobby that he wants, within reason of course. I'm still a doting and protective dad, of course, but if my little one wants to become a gamer, I'll have no problem with that. I 'll be her wingman and cover her six.