Inside Online Gamers Community

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1 Online Gamers Running Head: ONLINE GAMING COMMUNITY The Truth about the Online Gaming Community David (Luke) Smith University of Kentucky
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2 What is the online gaming community? We all have basic knowledge of what video games are from seeing them in some sort of media or personal experience. In addition, we all have stereotypical beliefs of what an online gamer is based on a portrayal of a gamer in some media. The stereotypes surrounding the gaming community are conflicting. Some stereotypes portray positive facets of the community while others reveal the opposite side of the spectrum. The online gaming community as a whole is a group of people who play video games over some form of computer network. I have recently studied the online community and will reveal my previous held notions, struggles of the community, pros and cons of the community and my current opinions after research. Before I did my research I had some pretty strong preconceived notions towards online gamers. I imagined the online gamer as a person who lived with their parents, hated their life and wanted nothing to do with the real world. I thought they were this way due to lack of their physical attributes, or intelligence. I imagined them playing alone in some dark cold seedy den of a room in a basement because they had nothing better to do. I believe I have this perception of the group because in general they have been negatively portrayed in many scenes. For example urban dictionary defines a online game as, “A thing in which the nerds and social rejects of the world come to join one another in the fine arts of accusing someone of being a “Loser” or saying “I own you”, all while masked by the anonymity that is the internet.” Also, Urban dictionary depicts an online gamer as, “a socially maladjusted shut-in.” (Urban Dictionary, 2011) These are only a few, but every form of media that I have experienced has shed a bad light on this
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3 Online Gamers group giving me the negative view towards them. However, this misconstrued perception of the group changed after I began my research. The online gaming community pertains not only to those of less fortunate circumstances, as I believed but to anyone. As stated earlier, the online gaming community is anyone who participates in video games through some form of computer network. (2011, gamemile.com) That pertains to everyone who plays games online. That means Doctors, Lawyers, businessmen and everyone else that plays online games pertain to this community, not just those playing in their parent’s basement. This first discovery proved that the online gaming community is not a group of people that have nothing better to do. In addition, it means that the community is not made of disfigured or lesser intelligent individuals. Lastly, those professions are full time, busy jobs. So the fact that media shows online gamers as losers with nothing better to do is false. These online gamers are all around everyday. Immediately upon researching, many stereotypes towards the community were proved to be wrong.
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