Gaming Isn’t Something You Grow Out OfOctober, 05, 2015
I’m a normal teenager, one who goes out with his friends, gets drunk, goes for meals and to the gym; standard 19 year old behaviour… But I’m a gamer too.
To the amusement of a couple of my friends I recently spent £50 on a brand new game and went to pick it up from the shop at 9am with another friend. “Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain”, (if you’re curious). Although I like to think I don’t judge, some of the people waiting in line to pick up the game were caked in grease, wearing early 2000’s joggers and smelling of instant noodles, not to mention carrying arms like bread sticks. I didn’t really think much of this as gaming, in my eyes, is an excellent way to escape and challenge yourself in ways which conventional life doesn’t allow for, and I’m not the sort of arsehole to not speak to someone because of how they look.
“…I should grow out of gaming. I tried in vain to explain that gaming is not really something you grow of but a form of entertainment”
My dad was shocked to find out I waited until midnight to grab a PS4 on launch and spending my months wage on it when it came out didn’t impress him either, saying I should grow out of gaming. I tried in vain to explain that gaming is not really something you grow of but a form of entertainment no different to films or books.
When I told my friends that I got my PS4 some of the girls were like “really Krish you spend £350 on that?” whilst they spend £80 on a haircut that doesn’t even change anything.. but that’s a different story. The guys in the group chat weren’t overly excited either (probably because of their burning jealousy). However I noticed that when I saw the guys in person they were very enthusiastic about the playstation but never in public, which got me thinking about how gaming is viewed in general.
Some people take it too far playing World Of Warcraft for 12 hours straight, and you hear the odd story of a shooting happening and the shooter having stood next to a violent video game once so the media go bat-shit crazy. Scaring my innocent little mum into thinking I’m slowly becoming crazy as I slit another guards neck on Metal gear. Gaming is also as popular as ever, consoles are selling faster than ever before and the actual average gaming age is around 30 (according to Google anyway) yet my dad, mother and some of my less educated friends see it as a Man-Childs hobby, I’m not sure if this is because of the Nintendo adverts in the 90’s of games such as Super Mario or the fact that gaming is a new form of entertainment and people are afraid of things they don’t understand?
This is where you come in, people I don’t know from around the world, how do you view gaming?
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