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‘Gamers are not dead’

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“Gamers” are not dead.

Several articles written by video game journalism websites were posted in late August 2014 and early September 2014 stating that gamers are not part of a culture and that they are all angry.

In an article written by Leigh Alexander from gamasutra.com, Alexander writes, “’Game culture’ as we know it is kind of embarrassing – it’s not even culture. It’s buying things, spackling over memes and in-jokes repeatedly, and it’s getting mad on the internet.”

Several other articles followed the one written by Gamasutra. Kotaku, Polygon, The Daily Beast, Financial Post, Buzzfeed, VG247, Ars Technica, Vice, Destructoid, The Guardian, and Rock Paper Shotgun all said how Gamers and the culture of gaming is dying due to them spreading hate across the internet.

The people that wrote these articles do not know what gamers are.

There has always been a narrative that has been being pushed onto video games.

First there was the scare of whether or not video games cause violence. Then there was the scare of video games causing misogyny.

Gamers do not care about your identity politics. Gamers care about video games.

The only thing that matters is whether or not a video game is good. If the game is bad, no amount of catering to the audience is going to sell the game.

People need to understand that video games are not real; video games are an art form.

No sane person will kill people because they kill people in a video game. No sane person will hate a political movement or a gender because they can kill women on a television screen.

Yes, women die in video games. Yes, players can have sex with women in video games. Yes, players can hire female prostitutes in “Grand Theft Auto: V” and then kill them to get their money back. No, this does not make me hate women or think of them as an object.

I have grown up playing video games from before I can remember. I do remember playing “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” and playing as a man to save a woman. I do remember playing “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” as a kid and killing prostitutes to get my money back.

As a gamer, I do not care about what you look like. I do not care if a video game depicts the gender that you are as an object.

I do not care if the video game kills your gender in a video game. All I care about is if the game is fun. I could not care any less about how a woman dresses in a video game.

These journalists say that women get targeted on the internet in video games. While that is true, it is missing out the fact that the internet is a disgusting place full of anonymous people harassing everyone.

They target the things that will hurt you the most. They target your race, gender, age, and anything else that could make you mad.

Gaming is not for everyone, and if you can get hurt by what kind of clothes characters in video games are wearing, then you should just not play that game.

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