Gamers Are Great At Repetitive Tasks
You want a gamer cleaning the house or doing the dishes. After invading enemy territory to spend dozens of hours fishing, a quick vacuuming is a snap.
Gamers, Above All, Are Grown-Ups Too
So maybe the preceding thousand words or so are a little tongue-in-cheek, but we’re being sarcastic in service of a point: just because a guy plays games doesn’t automatically make him a jerk, an assumption most female-centric sites seem a little too willing to jump to. It’d be a bit like assuming that any woman who thinks all gamers are fat, sweaty overcaffeinated virgins is a shallow twit. Sure, some of them are, and possibly they’re overrepresented in the pool of women writing about dating, but the group’s just too large for us to make that assumption right off the bat.
Yeah, gaming is a pretty intensive hobby, and there are people who are way too into it, which usually coincides with being a bored teenager/college student. But what seems to have been lost track of here is the fact that the same is true of every other hobby on the planet. There’s no essential difference between a WoW player and, say, the girl who you take out on a date and she spends the entire time talking about how much she hates her coworkers or “Gossip Girl”. They’re both people in desperate need of some perspective and a hot spicy cup of maturity.
Granted, games do suffer from a bad rap from culture as a whole. If a guy is going to be shown in the movies as immature and unable to commit, almost inevitably he’ll be on the couch, holding a controller. But do the math: all the kids who grew up playing Nintendo in the ’80s are now adults, and sure, some of them are sad, lonely people who write about video games for beer money, but most of them are grown adults with jobs, cars, and disposable income.
So why the hate, and why is it this over the top? Not even football gets this much loathing, and the term “football widow” has been in common usage for decades. We’ve got a guess: it’s both sides’ fault.
Notice that most of the examples we posted are from sites aimed at women in their early ’20s. As we said, being a hardcore gamer tends to coincide with a period in your late teens and early ’20s where pretty much all you have to do is go to school, work a lousy job, and consume mind-altering substances. So video games can be incredibly appealing because they fill the time and actually put all the cranial circuitry you’re wasting at your retail job to some sort of use.
This also tends to be the period when you’re bad at dating. Everybody’s bad at dating at this time because nobody actually knows what they want from a partner. Little girls grow up being exposed to all sorts of cultural toxic waste about the first guy you meet being charming and perfect, and then, after the initial high of liking each other wears off, you realize you’re dating a guy with a crappy job that he hates and who dedicates most of his energy not to you but rather to mastering grenade cooking.
He’s not mature enough to explain he hates a good chunk of his life, she’s not mature enough to deal with not being the center of attention all the time, and inevitably, innocent game consoles come to brutal ends on YouTube, T-shirts with snarky message are bought, and people blame it on the games instead of their own emotional problems.
In short, it’s not gaming’s fault. All we’re saying is give gamers a chance. They’ll probably surprise you.
That said, don’t touch the Starcraft. Zergs before hoes, woman.