Editorial #04: Adults and video games do go together

Recently, I had two incidents happen that made me question just what people think of video games and adults who play them.

I cannot go into detail about the event exactly, but I can tell you I was more than annoyed with the perception of gamers from folks who don’t play video games or have interest in them.

It’s OK if you don’t play. There’s nothing wrong with that. Just because I can’t imagine my life without video games doesn’t mean that everyone else has to have the experience. There are plenty of people who don’t know what video games are and have no desire to learn. At this point you have two groups of people: The willfully ignorant who don’t know but don’t discourage others, and the ignorant who have no idea yet harp on gamers because they’re afraid of what they don’t understand.

The second group is who I have a problem with. If you have no interest in gaming, fine, but don’t make statements such as “Gaming isn’t the real world,” or my favorite: “There’s no reset button in the real world.” As a tax-paying, law-abiding married adult who runs a household, I don’t think I need to be told that. The last time I checked I am 28 years old, not 5.

There are others in the same group that have made wild accusations because of my gaming habit. In the 21 years that I have called myself a gamer, I have never ditched my duties or responsibilities for video games. Throughout my academic career I was a good student and always put my schoolwork first because I was raised to believe that there are higher priorities. Once I got out into the working world, I made it a point to put my work over games because that is what pays the bills. What good are games going to do if you have no money to provide the electricity to play them? Or the money to buy them? I don’t toot my own horn intelligence-wise, but I think some folks don’t necessarily think things through before they say them.

As an adult, there are so many possibilities to continue gaming. I am at the point in my life where I can afford to purchase games at my leisure, spend time playing them and juggle whatever comes up with them. I have matured emotionally and mentally and am able to handle that. At no point in the discussion of my life and video games has my maturity ever come up until now, and I resent that as an adult.

My advice: Please learn something about adult gamers before sticking your foot in your mouth. It’s OK not to be a gamer but don’t insult those of us who are.

Lyndsey Mosley

Editor, Gaming Insurrection

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