"That Gamer"

I'm pretty sure that everyone knows one or two of these people. “That Gamer” is the person to me, that makes me feel a little uncomfortable about saying that I play games out loud to other people. The person that makes me feel like I shouldn't belong in the same group of people as they do, even though I do. Finding out that I have the same gaming interest as “That Gamer” makes me kind of sick to my stomach. “That Gamer” is loud, unashamed, brash, somewhat vulgar, fanboyish, and at times way more than annoying. “That Gamer” is the person that gets way too excited at work when they pass by your desk and see that you are playing some random emulator on your company computer. “That Gamer” then goes down the hall expressing how cool it is that you have a SNES on your computer and then gets you in trouble for wasting company time. “That Gamer” also finds out that you have a 360 and immediately says, “Do you play Call of Duty? Dude, I swear that's the best game ever. I play ALL THE TIME!” Then goes on a thirty minute rant about how “broken” the game is and how not fun it is (But you play ALL THE TIME), out loud in their outside voice, while inside. “That Gamer” is the person who knows everything about every game that you mention, but at the same time somehow doesn't know anything about those games. “That Gamer” is incapable of expressing themselves in any other form other than bad game analogies and anecdotes.

I strongly dislike this person. They make work annoying, they make social situations annoying, they make a lot of things annoying. And yet somehow I always find myself knowing this person. In particular, I have a co-worker who is “That Gamer”. He is always talking about the games he plays, and when I bring up games that I am pretty sure he hasn't heard of he somehow comes up with some kind of way to relate to it. “Oh yeah, I played the hell out of Chrono Trigger, man when I was like 6 I played it all the time.” So then I asked him what he did differently the second time he played it and he goes, “No I only played it once cause I ended up not liking it half way through” (If you've ever played through Chrono Trigger, you know for sure about the new game plus of sorts that was available, but since he didn't really play through it he didn't know). Yeah, he probably wanted me to think he was cool and all, but really I don't care if you didn't know what I was talking about. This same guy also always relates something to Call of Duty. I often over hear conversations with customers about “Destroying noobs who use the noob tube in CODBLOPS” (Using his words). -___-

That basically irritates me. I guess I sympathize with this person. For me, a large part of the adult world looks down on gaming, or dismisses it as some kind of childish pass time, or weird hobby. So, these people are ridiculed and shunned and they are clueless to this. Then I came to the realization that I am probably someone's version of “That Gamer”. The gamer that is kind of ashamed of gaming and hides their love for gaming for fear of ridicule. Well that just sucks. I don't want to be “That Gamer” for anyone.

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Posted by Jnorman

I'm pretty sure that everyone knows one or two of these people. “That Gamer” is the person to me, that makes me feel a little uncomfortable about saying that I play games out loud to other people. The person that makes me feel like I shouldn't belong in the same group of people as they do, even though I do. Finding out that I have the same gaming interest as “That Gamer” makes me kind of sick to my stomach. “That Gamer” is loud, unashamed, brash, somewhat vulgar, fanboyish, and at times way more than annoying. “That Gamer” is the person that gets way too excited at work when they pass by your desk and see that you are playing some random emulator on your company computer. “That Gamer” then goes down the hall expressing how cool it is that you have a SNES on your computer and then gets you in trouble for wasting company time. “That Gamer” also finds out that you have a 360 and immediately says, “Do you play Call of Duty? Dude, I swear that's the best game ever. I play ALL THE TIME!” Then goes on a thirty minute rant about how “broken” the game is and how not fun it is (But you play ALL THE TIME), out loud in their outside voice, while inside. “That Gamer” is the person who knows everything about every game that you mention, but at the same time somehow doesn't know anything about those games. “That Gamer” is incapable of expressing themselves in any other form other than bad game analogies and anecdotes.

I strongly dislike this person. They make work annoying, they make social situations annoying, they make a lot of things annoying. And yet somehow I always find myself knowing this person. In particular, I have a co-worker who is “That Gamer”. He is always talking about the games he plays, and when I bring up games that I am pretty sure he hasn't heard of he somehow comes up with some kind of way to relate to it. “Oh yeah, I played the hell out of Chrono Trigger, man when I was like 6 I played it all the time.” So then I asked him what he did differently the second time he played it and he goes, “No I only played it once cause I ended up not liking it half way through” (If you've ever played through Chrono Trigger, you know for sure about the new game plus of sorts that was available, but since he didn't really play through it he didn't know). Yeah, he probably wanted me to think he was cool and all, but really I don't care if you didn't know what I was talking about. This same guy also always relates something to Call of Duty. I often over hear conversations with customers about “Destroying noobs who use the noob tube in CODBLOPS” (Using his words). -___-

That basically irritates me. I guess I sympathize with this person. For me, a large part of the adult world looks down on gaming, or dismisses it as some kind of childish pass time, or weird hobby. So, these people are ridiculed and shunned and they are clueless to this. Then I came to the realization that I am probably someone's version of “That Gamer”. The gamer that is kind of ashamed of gaming and hides their love for gaming for fear of ridicule. Well that just sucks. I don't want to be “That Gamer” for anyone.

Posted by Jnorman

I should also note that when I tell "Those Gamers" about the Giantbomb community, they usually are clueless. -____-

Edited by QuistisTrepe

That's just a socially awkward person with poor interpersonal skills to begin with. Their gaming hobby has little to do with it. I've met some knuckle-dragging, boorish meatheads that make me embarrassed to be a fan of American football. Same kind of scenario.

Posted by Video_Game_King

Yea, that kind of guy sucks. Good thing I've never met that type of person.

Edited by FluxWaveZ

I'm a kind of person that would make you feel as though you shouldn't be in the same group of people as I do, but I'm very unlike "That Gamer".

Posted by Muerthoz

I don't know any people like "The Gamer" but I've met some of their counterparts. People like The Car Guy, The Computer Nerd, The Movie Snob, Sports Dude, Anime Geek and The Tekkie. People like that make me not want to start a conversation with them. I'm into those things but that's not the only thing going on in my life.

Posted by JackSukeru

@QuistisTrepe said:

That's just a socially awkward person with poor interpersonal skills to begin with. Their gaming hobby has little to do with it. I've met some knuckle-dragging, boorish meatheads that make me embarrassed to be a fan of American football. Same kind of scenario.

I'd even go so far as to argue that these kinds of people exist in every type of social gathering or common interest group, be it religion or politics, videogames or anime. Pick your poison.

You can't do much about the people who ruin it for "everyone else" by being loud and obnoxious, but you should give the guys who come off as clueless because they aren't as heavily invested in the specific medium, or just haven't stumbled onto the right channels (as I'm sure a lot of us started out), a break. They don't know any better and that's fine.

Posted by Jnorman

True, there are "those guys" everywhere.

Posted by MooseyMcMan

Agreed.

Posted by Jnorman

@RockmanBionics said:

@QuistisTrepe said:

That's just a socially awkward person with poor interpersonal skills to begin with. Their gaming hobby has little to do with it. I've met some knuckle-dragging, boorish meatheads that make me embarrassed to be a fan of American football. Same kind of scenario.

I'd even go so far as to argue that these kinds of people exist in every type of social gathering or common interest group, be it religion or politics, videogames or anime. Pick your poison.

You can't do much about the people who ruin it for "everyone else" by being loud and obnoxious, but you should give the guys who come off as clueless because they aren't as heavily invested in the specific medium, or just haven't stumbled onto the right channels (as I'm sure a lot of us started out), a break. They don't know any better and that's fine.

Well, for this particular guy, I pointed him in the direction of Giantbomb.com and he was uninterested. He said he already had all of his resources and nothing was better than what he already had. I was done with that conversation after that.

Posted by iam3green

those people are annoying. this gets me wondering if i'm that guy at other people. i try not to talk about video games when i'm in public because i know that other people don't care about it. 
 
this got me thinking of girls that say they play video games. i don't like to talk to them about it because they have no idea what they are talking about. o i like this new game that came out. umm it's pretty good one. i killed this one thing. it was cool.

Posted by JackSukeru

@Jnorman: I personally almost never try something new from someone's recommendation (Not that I'm contantly getting recommendations that I'm turning down, mind you). I might give something five minutes of my time but if it doesn't immediately grab me I lose interest.

What I'm saying is that I can understand someone immediately dismissing something like that. People all have their comfort zones they like to stay snuggly behind, and adding something new into the mix when you're satisfied with what you got can be a little off-putting. Usually they just have to discover it themselves.

As an example; none of my friends have gotten into Giantbomb. They'll watch the occasional Quicklook I'll link them, but otherwise they stick to their usual channels. We all have slightly different gaming tastes so it's not so strange.

I mean, I'm the same way. If you came and told me about this totally awesome gaming website that's completely different from GB but awesome in it's own way I might give it a look, maybe even bookmark it, but if it doesn't grab me it doesn't grab me. Maybe some months from now I'll click that bookmark and something will draw me in, but getting people to take an interest in something that they're not already interested in is, at best, completely random. At least this has been my experience.

Edited by GuyIncognito

"For me, a large part of the adult world looks down on gaming, or dismisses it as some kind of childish pass time, or weird hobby."

Don't worry. The worst generation (baby boomers and hippies) is due for extinction.

Posted by Zithe

@Jnorman said:

Well, for this particular guy, I pointed him in the direction of Giantbomb.com and he was uninterested.

I am okay with this.

Posted by JackSukeru

Funny thing, my mom's boyfriend's son and his best friend are this too me.

Whenever the friend, who is the ingratiating type, sees me playing something and asks me what it is I get this urge to go:

You've probably never heard of it.

I usually just answer him though, and then he doesn't have any point of reference to continue the conversation so it just kinda awkwardly ends.

Posted by Jnorman

@RockmanBionics hilarious. I'd love to be able to make that exact same face. Somehow though I usually invite further inquiry.

Posted by Jnorman

@RockmanBionics said:

@Jnorman: I personally almost never try something new from someone's recommendation (Not that I'm contantly getting recommendations that I'm turning down, mind you). I might give something five minutes of my time but if it doesn't immediately grab me I lose interest.

What I'm saying is that I can understand someone immediately dismissing something like that. People all have their comfort zones they like to stay snuggly behind, and adding something new into the mix when you're satisfied with what you got can be a little off-putting. Usually they just have to discover it themselves.

As an example; none of my friends have gotten into Giantbomb. They'll watch the occasional Quicklook I'll link them, but otherwise they stick to their usual channels. We all have slightly different gaming tastes so it's not so strange.

I mean, I'm the same way. If you came and told me about this totally awesome gaming website that's completely different from GB but awesome in it's own way I might give it a look, maybe even bookmark it, but if it doesn't grab me it doesn't grab me. Maybe some months from now I'll click that bookmark and something will draw me in, but getting people to take an interest in something that they're not already interested in is, at best, completely random. At least this has been my experience.

Also, I asked this dude where he went and he was like, "Yo I only go to gamespot" to which he got the -___- face.

Posted by nickb64

I know people who don't like the videos I send them links to from here and Tested because, and I quote: "they have too much personality". Why would anyone have a problem with these guys? Whiskey sites are the shit tbh.