Gamer and Nerd Culture
In class we went through a list of topics that we may end up covering on the syllabus. We touched a bit on gender, race, and demographics. A lot of people would probably argue that gamers are the key demographic for most games. Recently, gamers have come under fire for being less than sensitive about issues of race and gender.
This article (http://www.pajiba.com/think_pieces/its-not-just-gamers-nerd-culture-is-a-sick-wasteland.php) is an interesting critique of gamer and nerd culture. I agree with some of it. It is true that there is quite a bit of misogyny and racism in gamer and nerd culture. That being said, this article seems to suggest that ALL gamers and ALL nerds, by identifying as such, align themselves with, and therefore become, misogynist racists. I definitely don’t agree with that. The comments on the article are also extremely interesting, and often quite well thought-out. They’re worth a look.
Despite these issues, I still identify as a gamer. Is there a way we can take back the term “gamer?” I feel like being a gamer doesn’t have to be a bad thing. The writer of the Pajiba article, Corey Atad, says he is purposefully choosing to stop identifying as a gamer in order to distance himself from the misogynists and the racists. To me, that feels like giving in to them. I don’t want to surrender “gamer” to the bad guys. I want to take it back.