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The Idea of "Videogame Hipster" and the People that Keep Feeding It.


Today, that lovable hunk of a man, Jonathan Holmes raised the question of "Videogame Hipsters", This is my overly drawn out response.

On many occasion, I have been called a hipster on the subject of both music and video games. I listen to many underground bands, yes you got me there I guess, but I don't listen to this music because of how it makes me look, it's because it's the fucking music I like. So what if they have 47 albums and like 23 fans. If the music is good, I will listen to it regardless of who they are.

The same goes for video games. Unless you lived under a rock, everyone knows that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword came out within days of each other last year. This caused stupid debates between me and my friends over which game was better.

I've been a Zelda fan all of my life, and Skyward Sword looked amazing (and lived up to it), so obviously I said Skyward Sword will probably be the better game over Skyrim. Every single one of these guys were convinced that Skyrim was the greatest video game to ever exist, so instinctively they called me a hipster for the sole fact that I liked Skyward Sword better than Skyrim.

After both of the games had come out, no one's opinion changed. I actually do not like Skyrim very much. It just feels like Oblivion with dragons, and that still doesn't quite interest me. My friends still think Skyward Sword looks dumb. The thing that separates me from these friends is the fact that I played both and compared the games to each other.

There are a lot of games I don't really like that I get panned as a hipster for simply not liking. Games like Call of Duty and New Super Mario Bros. Do I care? No, No I do not.

So the moral of the story is, like what you like. No one can and should be able to tell you what you like and don't like. The very idea of Videogame Hipster or Hipster in general should be written off as complete bullshit.
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About Nicky Austinone of us since 11:13 PM on 05.29.2012

I'm Nicky Austin. I like really goddamn stupid, fun games and also really meaningful, emotional games. That's not really specific, but it's cool. I really love One Piece and music and I hosts podcasts about stuff (Full Memory Card, One Piece Book Club, Don't Refrain!, Super Weeb Time, etc.). I'm gonna write some stuff again because I now have more time to write about video games and I just can't stay away from Destructoid, I couldn't if I tried.

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