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Why does everyone who enjoys video games as a hobby have to fall under the label of "gamer"? The word alone has always made me cringe.
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@Pavera, in this case I would rather take a step from the idea of having been bullied for liking video-games, and instead think of it more as having been bullied, because bullies are asshats. Following that line of asshattery a bit further, "gaming" is absolutely exchangeable with any other term you can possibly imagine.
The problem arises the moment you think you've been picked on for something you do, when in fact, it probably was simply a welcome attack-vector for idiots who had to give themselves a reason to begin with.
I guess, what I mean to say is that, if you change your point of view in this regard, you might be able to significantly reduce this meta-physical frontload that is currently there.
Just thinking "aloud" here...
I don't get the negative connotations with the word. It just means player of video games. Anyone who assumes all this stuff about someone because they play video games for a hobby is a moron. The word is basically a stereotype with negative connotations but let's be honest, anyone who has an opinion worth giving a damn about isn't going to jump to all sorts of conclusions just because some people have labeled you as 'a gamer'. That's just my take on it.