It is by far the most common insult I hear when I try to have a discussion with my friends. Day by day, every time I have my friends over when I try to discuss video games on something higher than, "OMFG SEE THAT HEADSHOT BRO!" The best example would not be my typical fanboy-esque discussion's with them, but rather when I tried to discuss my recent favorite movie. If you couldn't guess by now the fact that I'm a young retro gamer amongst fratboys, then the movie will.
It came up as a simple discussion, I run through my head all the numerous times I lose 2 to 1 in a discussion of video games, so I went a different approach. "Hey guys what's you're favorite movie?" My best friend naturally says 2001 a space odyssey. My other best friend goes ahead and says something rather meatheaded, "Resident evil." Already we have a pretty broad spectrum amongst the 3 of us. I myself am normally level headed in discussions, but I am an easily agitated fool. I'm also the biggest into platformers and slower games that require patience, or fast games that require skill. Monster hunter tri and super meat boy would be good examples. My other friend who we'll refer to as N for sake of convinience has two favorite genres, stealth and action games. His two favorite games are ratchet and clank up you're arsenal, and the legend of zelda the minish cap. He used to have a wii like myself but traded it up for an xbox. The third of us who we shall call E for the same reasons as N, has two favorite genres, shooting and action RPG's, his favorite games include half life 2 and kingdom hearts 2.
But enough rambling on us three, my main point is the discussion we had and what defines the state of not gaming, but the main gaming fanbase. My favorite movie as of writing is scott pilgrim vs the word. I acknowledge every flaw in the movie, scott is kind of unlikable if you take away the video games, ramona is pretty much just moody, and knives gets the shaft through all of the film. But even still, I like it for it tickles my geek senses. Every 5 seconds the first time I saw this movie I found a new reference, and I was incredibly happy for the entire film. The main point I'm getting at is that in the discussion it was my turn as such.
N:"Hey tanooki (not real name), what's you're favorite movie"
T:"As of now, scott pilgrim."
E:"That's a gay ass movie bro."
N:"I agree with E, that's a f***n gay ass film tanooki, how do you like it?"
T:"I like it because it's pretty much everything that I like about gaming, music, film, and life as a geek"
E:"So you like it cause it's gay?"
T:"Have you two even seen the movie?"
N:"But I don't need to to know it's a gay ass film."
T:"Okay, hear me out guys, I'll show you just the best parts of the film, and then you pass judgement."
I show them all 7 of the fights and they still write it off as gay. Now I'm pretty much a mixture of angry virgin nerd rage, and confusion. I showed them only the best parts and they still say the exact same thing. Less disagreement and more of the fact that it annoys me just how meatheaded they sound at the moment. So I ask them more indepth why. They spit out generic responses, it's just stupid with all the geeky stuff, I didn't get most of the references, I got the references they were just gay, the girl isn't hot,
And through all of this I had a realization.
You ever hear people complaining about how the state of gaming looks just like some of the big sellers, brown and lacking creativity. Yeah, it's things like this that made it like that. Both of these guys are pretty popular at my school, and they share generic viewpoints on games. I need a gun and it has to be brown. Otherwise I'm not buying it. It's why things that get intense praise like okami do worse in sales than ninja bread man.
Teenagers these days are homophobic, at least in my school. Hell all they talk about is nasty awesome dirty things about hot girls in our school. Nobody wants to stick out or be different. The society at least I live in pretty much rejects different things. Look at the cosmetics industry for Christs sake. And things that people don't like in my society are tended to be joined together with things the gay guys do at our school. You know, wear things besides hoodies, baggy pants and listen to rap. In fact I guarantee that people would stop doing the drug of your choice if every scientist lied and said that drug activated some nuerological dis step or some bullshit like that and made you gay. Guaranteed pot would drop like a rock in sales.
Teens don't want to stick out these days. I know because I used to be brutally bullied just for being a bit different. Gaming is a nerd thing these days, and nerd things are mainstream these days. I'm not trying to say like a pretentious hispter ass hole here, I hate hipsters, but I know teens just want to fit in. And that means jocks playing black ops and weight lifters at school having boba fett emblazoned on their shoulder. But at the same time not knowing what it means to accept what you like.
I haven't met someone who doesn't like okami, but all I hear is call of duty. All the time. Every day it's just shooting games over and over again. I know people are saying the state of gaming is just fine, but I'd like some creativity in the slightest. I mean for f***s sake people, dead space is supposed to be one of the scariest series in this age of gaming, and in that your a super powered curb stomping suited up miner on a space ship. The most things do is startle you.
Things are stripped of their creativity because if deadspace was like say, you're suit only worked half way and you never had enough ammo. It wouldn't have sold, why? Because not being beefed up and living out macho fantasies macho games makes it gay. And gay games don't sell well. A prime example of idiotic opinions is when my friends told me they said DKCR was a horrible game. Why? Because the cover was gay. Now that's just stupid.
Look, I know I'm not the best blogger, I have a tendency to ramble. But the point I'm trying to get across is that kids don't do things that make them frowned upon. Being gay makes you frowned upon. Playing games that people aren't playing makes you gay. Not playing creative games makes these kinds of games sell bad. Which in turn makes the industry a bleaker place. read