Oct 16 2011
This isn’t really the usual fare for this blog. It might be more suited to my gaming blog, but let’s face it, there I am just preaching to the converted, while here might have a minute minute chance of getting some discussion going.
I was reading a post on Jezebel today about fitness and gaming, specifically something that Fitocracy has brought into being on their own website. I’m not going to go into details, because a) I am more than sure that you can all read already, and b) the boy won’t get off my damned laptop, so I am forced to type this on my iPad. I don’t care what anyone says – the iPad is the worst device in the universe for blogging. In fact, any tablet would probably suck ass when it comes to this.(** if you happen to be interested in my views as to why this shit sucks, scroll to the italics at the bottom. Or feel free to ignore. Whatever).
Anyway, the whole ‘gamers will only enjoy working out if we make it like a game’ attitude pisses me off immensely. In fact, the attitude most people have toward gamers in general pisses me off more often than not. Gamers are belittled, and the more ‘geeky’ their gaming pursuit, the more they are ridiculed by the public. Which is why playing the xbox is considered cool, while playing WoW will result in you forever being seen as a gaming addict, regardless of how much or little you actually play. And if you happen to be into table top gaming, well, most people will probably just find you to be outright weird.
I’ve heard enough gamer jokes to fill a lifetime. I’ve been asked if I still live at home (no, I don’t). I’ve been asked if I shower (obviously, yes), and by people who can’t actually see me, I’ve been asked how I feel about my weight problem (because all gamers are fat and going to die of heart attacks any second now, you know). I’ve been asked why I don’t find something better to do with my time (often, amazingly, by people who admit to watching at least 4 hours of TV a day… Because apparently that’s a better way to spend time). I’ve been asked if I’ve ever had a boyfriend, how I expect to find someone who is interested in me if I spend time in front of a computer, and when I am going to get a real job (guess teaching doesn’t count!)
Gaming isn’t the only thing in any gamer’s life.. We have other interests. So when people think that they have a great idea to get all us fat, slovenly, smelly gamers off the lounge and out of Mum’s basement, because we apparently don’t have anything else in our life? It pisses me off. If I decide I want to get fit, I don’t want to tie it to my gaming. If I decide I do want to link it to gaming, I’m probably smart enough to do it on my own. I don’t want anyone assuming that the only way I’ll succeed at something is to make it just like a game.
But, hey, what the fuck would I know? I’m just a gamer. A female at that. A breed that apparently knows nothing, and can be won over by making everything like a ‘quest’ or ‘objective’. The most annoying thing is, I can see how it could work. Fitness is very goal oriented. And it would appeal to some gamers. But it smacks of that disgusting ‘fat male gamer’ stereotype, and for the good of the gamers, and the industry, that is a stereotype that needs to be gone. Especially since it has no basis in fact.
Now, if you were interested, this is why I hate the iPad for blogging. I know a lot of people love it, and it is useful in a pinch, but it is horrible to use for this. Typing is a nightmare if you type with any semblance of speed, correcting spelling sucks, moving around on the page is a slow process, and linking to anything is bloody annoying as well. Using images is just frustrating, so I don’t even bother. And back to typing… Well, it’s uncomfortable and strange.