Anti-Social Video Gaming - charalanahzard
I’ve never understood this massive misconception. When I posted a blog about CoD a while back, I got a few replies saying videogames are anti-social blahblahblah who cares blahblah. Honestly, videogames are the most social thing I do, far more social than Tumblr, Facebook, anything.
I have difficulty even comprehending what friends do if they don’t have an Xbox or a Ps3 and they’re at home. Do you watch movies in silence or re-runs of Friends? Because my friends and I play Halo online, talking to new and different people, talking to each other the entire time. I fail to see how this is anti-social when it is, hands down, the most social thing to do at someones house.
Groups of friends I hang out with get drunk and play MvC3 all night, as opposed to sitting around bitching about the people who aren’t there. I think videogames are considered anti-social because, if you play them by yourself, you are… evidently by yourself. This is the exact same as watching TV, writing on Tumblr or being on Facebook. “HERP BUT FACEBOOK IS A SOCIAL NETWORK DERP.” So is Xbox Live. I only play videogames when I have nothing else to do/constantly, but I would never put an Xbox before talking, and neither would anyone else I know.
I’m rarely even alone, but if I am, I’ll play Xbox and usually be talking to someone over XBL the entire time I’m playing a campaign. If not, I’m playing live and talking to people in my team. Don’t bad-mouth people who play videogames for being anti-social when it’s one of the most social technologies in existance. I wouldn’t even put ‘IMO’ in there - it legitimately is, no doubt about it. I don’t understand this at all.
It makes you a fat loser if you play videogames because people assume you don’t have friends. Bullshit, my GoW clan in grade 9 were some of the coolest friends I ever had, it didn’t matter that I never saw them face to face. They made me laugh ridiculously hard, I enjoyed their technological company. None of them were fat, all of them had an abundance of friends, and they simply made more by being online.
I’ve never understood the massive misconception that video games are ‘anti-social’. Honestly, videogames are the most social thing I do – far more so than Tumblr or Facebook, which are essentially just ‘social networking’ websites.
When I’m with friends at night, even after a night out drinking, there’s nothing I love to do more than play Halo until the sun rises. We laugh, we chat, we strategise, we get noise complaints filed against us.
I actually don’t associate with any people who don’t play games since they’re such a huge part of my life, but when I did, all I remember doing is sitting around and listening to people talk about other people who weren’t there. I have very little recollection of what I did with people who didn’t play games – did we just watch re-runs of Friends or silently observe movies until we fell asleep? Those seem significantly less social than gaming, because split-screen provokes so much verbal communication. I fail to see how this is anti-social when it is, hands down, the most social thing for me to do at someones house without being bored quite quickly.
I think, perhaps, videogames are considered anti-social because, if you play them by yourself, you are… evidently by yourself. This is the exact same as watching TV, writing on Tumblr or being onFacebook, except that both of those seem to be used for observations more than actual discussions. “HERP BUT FACEBOOK IS A SOCIAL NETWORK DERP!” Well, so is Xbox Live. Books are not, but I can’t say I’ve ever heard anyone complain kids reading too many books (except maybe John Marston) when even they are less social than Xbox Live.
As a very social person, I’m rarely ever by myself, and even if I have company it usually involves playing games on my projector. If I am, I’ll play Xbox by myself, but I’ll usually be talking to someone over XBL, I’ll be chatting to my mum at the same time, I’ll be on the phone to a friend. If not, I’m playing live and talking to people in my team or sending messages to people on my friends list. Essentially, you shouldn’t bad-mouth people who play videogames for being anti-social when it’s one of the most social technologies in existence and an enormous, thriving community has birthed from it. We have /v/, we have r/gaming – we have forums and communities where people who play games do nothing but socialise.
I’ve heard girls complain and suggest that it makes you a fat loser if you play videogames - apparently it automatically means you can’t have friends. That’s so incorrect; my Gears of War clan back in the day had some of the coolest friends I ever had and it didn’t matter that I never saw them face to face. They made me laugh ridiculously hard and I enjoyed their technological company. None of them were fat, all of them had an abundance of friends, and they simply made more by being on Xbox Live.
On a side note, if you want your son or daughter to brush off hate like it’s nothing -give them a mic and a round of CoD.It’s basically just character building!
Written by Alanah Pearce