“Gamer” as a Facet of Identity

If you self identify as a gamer in a way that is personally important to you, I’d like to apologize in advance because I may be about to roast you. If you feel that the roast was unwarranted, please argue in the comments.

We have a lot of cultural ideas about nerds or whoever being some sort of oppressed class, which is absolutely absurd. Maybe the nerd of yesterday was looked at like the weeb or neckbeard of today, but that certainly isn’t the case now. I think a lot of different geek/nerd associated media are incredibly popular today and yet there is a weirdly large amount of people who are pretending that these things aren’t popular so they can feel like a cool underdog.

This includes people who act as if the majority of people our age don’t play games and they, as a True Gamer, are a woefully misunderstood and misrepresented creature. It’s real strange. People who try and gatekeep “gaming culture” or whatever are even worse because they have the audacity to try and uphold this imagined marginalization so they can continue to feel like cool underdogs at the expense of others. It’s foolish.

If you consider being a gamer or nerd or geek to be a major facet of your personality, consider acquiring a personality for it to be a part of.

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2 thoughts on ““Gamer” as a Facet of Identity

  1. “Imagined marginalization” is a good way of describing them. It’s very odd, since the image of the typical “gamer” is of a guy, and usually a white guy. They are the furthest from being marginalized. I’m wondering if they are shielded and coddled by their privilege that they don’t recognize what real oppression is.

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  2. I always make nerd jokes in a silly way, and my friends always remind me that more or less everyone at Amherst is a nerd. Being intelligent and having nerdy interests is far from the fringes of society, especially in the context we exist in at this school. I do not doubt that there are some self-described “nerds” or “geeks” that are made fun of for being dorky, but in popular culture it has become more celebrated. Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, PewDiePie, and more all have amassed large amounts of wealth due to their nerdy pursuits. To pretend that it is a social curse to be nerdy is far from the truth.

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