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Oh you're one of THOSE aren't you?

It doesn't matter what people mean when they start off a sentence like that because you can be fairly certain that the next words are bound to be offensive.

My first day in Psychology class at Belmont Abbey College the professor decided that we were going to play the game "Four Corners". For those who aren't familiar with this game (and this not meant in a condescending manner) it's where signs are put up in each of the corners of a room. You have "Agree", "Strongly Agree", "Disagree" and "Strongly Disagree" no room for neutrality.

The first statement was:

"Video games cause violent behavior"

Big shock, right? It's not like this isn't all over the news all the time and thanks to idiots like Jack Thompson the debate is not likely to end soon...

What was shocking was the fact that I was alone in the "Strongly Disagree" corner. WTF? I looked over and there were two people in the "Disagree" corner and the remaining 24 students were all trying to wedge into the "Strongly Agree" community.

Then we were asked to explain why we chose what we did and the dismaying thing was that most of the people in this particuliar group seemed to be parrotting media fodder or engaging in a bunch of stereotypes about the gaming world and most of those I disagree with.

First of all, I found that most of the people I encountered on this night held the same belief as Jack Thompson; that there was no such thing as "Gamer Culture" merely a bunch of anti-social people who spent all of their times fixated on video games and did not socialize.

Then there were some that admitted that there was a "culture" but that it was closed and unfriendly, that no civilian dare wander in out of genuine curiousity and interest.

To be fair, I was not the best representative for the gaming community merely because I don't possess the vast knowledge of it as other people do. While I do spend a lot of time gaming to some people out there, I am still one of those annoying "noobs". I am not the end all be all source when it comes to the culture nor do I pretend to be. However, I did manage to hold my own.

Today I joined the blog community here after being a reader of the webpage for several months. I was excited about being able to blog and make friends with similiar interests. Perhaps in my excitement I didn't dedicate enough thought to my first post and there was a minor flame war inside.

The troubling question in this post is when the implied statement of some gamers is "Oh You're One of THOSE aren't you?" (meaning noob I guess) where are you supposed to earn your experience points then?

Maybe it's like someone told me earlier...

"Enjoy your awkward time here"

A bit foreboding, but definitely do-able.

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About d00bone of us since 8:55 AM on 04.15.2008

Who am I?

Well obviously you're reading this drivel, which means that you do want to know about me. My name is Lesa (which is what my friends call me). I am frequently referred to as "Mom" but only by my children and I prefer to keep it that way and my fiancé dubbed me "d00b" a long time ago and it stuck...so yeah as long as it's civil I tend to respond to anything. =)

I'm not famous, haven't climbed Everest, I'm 39 years old, I go to college full-time in pursuit of an English Degree and I also work part-time when not gaming. I reside in NASCAR Central aka Charlotte, NC. I'm a GEEK. I wear this title proudly as it should be. I thoroughly enjoy video games, comic books, and technology.

I game on the following systems:

Games Currently Addicted to:

World Of Warcraft (PC)
Arcana Heart (PS2)
The Longest Journey (PC)
God of War (PS2)

But instead of me filling random blather about who I am here, why don't you just ask, I only bite if you submit the proper forms (in triplicate).

Favorite Quotes:

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!”
-Jack Kerouac

It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top.
- Hunter S. Thompson

In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.
- Douglas Adams

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.
- Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

It's a strange world. Let's keep it that way.
-Warren Ellis