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6-08-2008 @ 10:45AM
10 million subscribers worldwide and I don't know anyone that plays it. It's not so much shame, it's the connotation of saying 'I play an MMORPG' - as soon as most people hear that, their eyes glaze over and a little alarm in their head goes off 'nerd alert! nerd alert! nerd alert!' and they picture a bunch of dumpy, pasty man-children in their mom's basement huddled around a D&D book and arguing over Kirk vs Picard (Picard FTW, btw).It's not that playing online video games is socially unacceptable or there's anything wrong with playing video games, it's that most of the people who don't play them have pre-conceived notions of what gamers look and act like and they're not overwhelmingly positive. But none of that should matter unless you're seeking the approval or validation of those people. Are you?
6-08-2008 @ 11:49AM
Yea, same here. I don't know a single SOUL who plays, and that kinda bugs me. Whenever one of my friends brings it up, I kinda try to play it down (but then again, he always brings it up in a kind of derogatory manner, and that's no way to have a normal conversation about it). But if someone asks me a real question, I generally answer it. Although probably only my family (shipping off to college in the fall) and girlfriend know how much I play. I mean, my girlfriend just knows that if I'm home by myself, I'm basically playing, even though she doesn't really know anything about the game, she's the most supportive simply because she's the most neutral. If I could just find one, ONE person I knew who played WoW, I'd jump up and down for joy because all of a sudden a really big portion of my life would open up that I could actually share with someone, whereas right now I can't. To answer the question: No, I'm not ashamed, but I'm a tad sensitive because of how it always comes up (thanks to that friend). Here's to hoping I find someone in college =p
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