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Hell, it's about time!
Posted on Thursday, September 25 2008 @ 13:31:09 Eastern

'Geek!'

'Basement freak!'

'Foureyes!'

'Mummy boy!'

'Out of breath, computer dork?'

'Nice glasses, they even look better when shattered.'

 

Etc.

 

I ask you dear reader: have you ever expirienced this? Have you expirienced being mocked at due to the fact that you like computers, that you like video games, that you like technology … ?

 

I will be honest, I did not, but I know a lot of my friends which did … some still are. But I too was being mocked at, almost the whole time I was in primary school as a fact. But computers were not the thing they've putted their finger on, nah, it was because I was overweight, way overweight. But that's for another topic. I'd like to dedicate this one to mockery towards gamers.

 

When I see my friends getting the finger and when I hear those harsh words … I always ask myself: 'Why do people do it in the first place?' and then I usualy come to the conclusion of why some people still point fingers towards the gouvernment,  towards the Church, towards the Germans etc. They point at them because of their actions in the past. But then I ask myself: ' What the hell did gamers do in the past that really deserves such treatment? They played videogames?!'  They did nothing wrong, nothing bad, nothing … but still they get excluded, laughed and mocked at. It really does seem that their problems lie in the past, but their problems were not caused by themselves … no, they were caused by other people. By people which started the whole thing and then generalized it to whole damn generations that came after.

 

The people that started the whole thing were the 'cool' people in their respective era. In yours maybe the ones with leather jackets, mohawks, grease people etc. In  mine they would be the rappers and the hip – hoppers (this seems to be the trend for now). Now, as I see it … most of these cool people like to think that they are better then others. Then they seek people on which they can show their superiority, to boost themselves up. Saddly most of the time they do this is either in school and high school were the majority of them dwells in and  also saddly were the gamers tend to be (or have to be :P ).  And because they are clasified as 'cool' people, when they start mocking someone, usualy the whole school follows. Once this happens everything goes on like dominoes … it never stopps unless someone takes the next piece out of the stack. At that someone can be and is me.

 

To be honest with you, I am sick and tired of such people and their behaviour. If they think their better, great. Let them think that way, but they do not need to hurt others or molest them. It is just not right. It is time we step up for ourselves and our friends. Heck I can remember the day I shut up a 'cool' guy when he was saying how better he was then my friend at lifting up weights and how dorky he looks in those glasses. I just said: 'Maybe you do, but still you can't add for sh*t and can't see even the answer to the most simple solution as you. Hell, better a dork then an ape I'd say'. The most ironic thing in the whole story is that many times these people need help from the 'dorks' as they are too 'cool' to learn - too 'cool' for school. But when they do not need help anymore the whole procedure starts again.

 

But not anylonger … because now is the time we break this cycle. Gamers have become stigmatized way to much, for many we are still basement dwellers with ackne, glasses, fantasy, way to much spare time and do not know the definition of the term 'girlfriend'. It is time for this to come to an end. I know many of you play videogames and still have a wonderful life. You work, you study, you train, you go out with friends, have girlfriends … It's time for us to show the cool people that we can just be like them and also be more. It's time for us to destroy this petty generalization which has been pesting us since the dawn of gaming.

 

Hell, it's about time!

 

 

Authors notice: This has been written by a 16 year old Slovenian boy. I apologize in advance for grammatical, spelling, incoherency errors.

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