This has been a topic that has actually just scratched me by. Somehow around the parts where I live and on the sites I visit, this was never such a big deal. But then I found out: it quite is. The so called "fake gamer girls", that apprently ruin the fan scene. Girls that just pretend to be gamers, because it's cool and trendy. The next evolution of the hipster, so to say. But do they really do any damage?
Let's face it: gaming has become cool This doesn't actually hurt you, okay?
If you are a girl and get questions like if you're playing your CoD on your boyfriends account, you most likely already know you are dealing with an asshole. So if someone crosses you like that, mute/ignore that person, but also think about the cynic that might sit on the other side of the line. Think about the person that was once an idealist and was turned into what he is now by society over many years. And if you want to start asking questions to test the knowledge of the girl that just headshotted you, to defame her for all to see, remember one thing: the girl you are talking to might not be the former cheerleader queen/quaterback jock that laughed at you for playing video games, so don't project your anger on your fellow gamers.
But to those old school gamers, that think they are so core and pro: get over it. Deal with the fact that gaming gets more popular, because it WILL keep growing. So you can lock yourself in your basement with an old SNES and weep, or be an adult. No one will take away your enjoyment of games and the scene itself won't look any worse. In the very worst case someone will try to get closer to you by pretending the person is someone who she isn't - and that is nothing exclusive to gamers. If you want to be a proud gamer, BE a proud gamer. But don't think you have the right to rate a person, don't think you have any right to hate that girl that just walked past you with a Super Mario shirt and for fucK's sake, don't think there is some kind of test someone has to master to be accepted as a "real gamer". Because there will always be someone who does this stuff longer than you and if you start to "test" that person, because you think it's just another fake gamer, they might hand your ass to you. And you deserve getting your ass handed to you then.
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