Talking About Gaming In Real Life

Playing video games isn’t the reclusive, living-in-your-parents-basement kind of activity as they used to be. Nowadays, video games are getting the kind of attention they deserve, with many celebrating their technology, art, music, and stories. Playing video games is more social than it ever has before with online capabilities. Yet, there still seems to be that generation gap when it comes to gaming, at least in Rachel’s and my life.

Do you publicly announce that you play video games on a regular basis? I don’t. Of course, I don’t keep it a secret, but it’s not exactly every day conversation when you’re surrounded by people who don’t understand gaming or look down upon it.

I’ve had coworkers who wouldn’t mind discussing which Pokemon starter we were going to choose in the new games or, most recently, teasing me about how amazing Breath of the Wild’s open world is, but video games isn’t a common topic that I share on a daily basis. I geek out with Rachel and online friends mostly.

Most of my co-workers are older than me and find video games to be a waste of time and money. They don’t knock it because they know I play, they just don’t get why I play. They don’t see the art behind it between the graphics, music, story and character developments, etc.

It’s a shame, isn’t it? I bet they don’t talk down movies or even books, probably praising the cinematography, the music, the story, and all that jazz. We’re fairly lucky with our parents being supportive of our hobby, even if they don’t totally understand it. They get our enthusiasm and try to be enthusiastic with us!

Rachel Mii Double Jump
I know, I don’t understand it. At least with video games you’re doing something rather than just watching the screen. You’re solving puzzles, following along with a story, etc.

I suppose they could argue that they’re going out and being social and other such nonsense, haha. But, hey, we’re fairly social thanks to video games too! Honestly, we see so many people out and about glued to their phones nowadays.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Video games are better than that, definitely! It’s great that the video game community is so great because it’s sad that people who don’t play games just don’t see what’s so awesome about it.

Do most people know you play video games? How do they react? Let us know in the comments below!

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19 thoughts on “Talking About Gaming In Real Life

  1. My whole family knows I play video games and most of my immediate family know I have a blog (which sadly I haven’t been able to post on lately due to insane study commitments). But some are definitely more receptive than others. My grandparents don’t understand the appeal and to an extent my parents don’t either but my parents at least see the therapeutic benefits of video games and they had the ATARI back when they were in their 20’s.

    With other people though, it just slips into a conversation by accident and most people around my age are more than happy to discuss games a little bit. I think now most people who own a smartphone have had exposure to mobile games at least which often leads to more general exposure to video games which is only a positive.

    • That’s good. My family and close friends are supportive because this is who I am, it’s what I like. However, I do meet the occasional person who gives me a strange look when I say, “I can’t wait to go home and play Pokemon.” Or even, “I can’t wait to go home and watch Twitch.”

  2. This is a funny thing in my life. I have this blog, stream games and do LPs, and there are only a very small handful of people in my real life that know about all of those things that I do. Though I don’t spout off about my hobbies around gaming, I do make a point to tell coworkers and friends about my passion for gaming and collecting, and a lot of them just nod and smile at me politely until I’m done talking. I do it with a bit of an ulterior motive to put myself out there as that person who collects and plays games so people might think of me before heading out to a hock shop with theirs. It has worked out a few times, and I’ve even found that one of my favourite coworkers loves gaming through babbling on about my hobby.

    • I know what you mean. We aspire to start a channel and stream in the near future, though we haven’t announced that to people in real life yet, lol.
      But it’s who we are and it’s what we enjoy. I think it’s a great hobby. πŸ™‚

  3. I’ve never really had people look at me funny when I talked about playing video games. Our family has always been somewhat big on gaming (my dad likes to say that my brother learned to read by playing Romance of the Three Kingdoms on the NES with him). My dad is in his early 60s now and he still plays MMOs. So, yeah. No judging in this family! πŸ˜‰

      • Their taste in games has definitely changed, but they still like gaming. My mom was a huge Skylanders fanatic a while back but my dad now prefers PC gaming to consoles. My dad used to carry around a Gameboy/SP and play Pokemon while he waited for us.

      • That’s great. I remember bringing my DS to the dentist once and while I went in, my dad started playing it and messed up my score accidentally because he didn’t know how to play, lol. I think it was Pokemon Pinball.

  4. I had a funny encounter recently – all of my friends know I play video games – in a fairly girly circle it’s become my thing – but the other day I was talking to my best friend about a circle of her friends that I’m just getting to know and they were talking about a really weird girl who plays zombie games – but I was separated from the ‘weird gamer’ because I apparently play ‘cool games’ – I didn’t have the heart to tell them that I enjoy a good zombie game from time to time!

    • See, those kinds of conversations make me feel awkward, lol. My co-worker was talking down about YouTubers who play video games and get paid for it and everything. I should have said something that it’s much more than just playing video games all day long. I also didn’t mention that Kris and I are working on starting a YouTube channel for Double Jump in the near future.
      It definitely stinks, but I guess everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

  5. I can defeinatly relate with you both on this. I think you make a good point about the qualties video games have such as the art, stories and the fact that you are playing the game and exploring. It’s a great hobby and while I don’t enjoy it all the time, it’s nice to just hangout on the weekend and play some games.

  6. Everyone knows I play games, but not everyone really cares. My closest friends are the ones who also love games and embrace in the hobby with me. And of course, the community of gaming bloggers here is wonderful. I love that we can share this awesome pastime together!

    • Honestly, I have more blogging friends that game than I do gaming friends in real life! It really is great to share this with various people around the world.

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