Over the past few months, I have been associating myself with certain crowds of people in this online video game community that exists in fragments throughout YouTube and other places. It was fine and somewhat fun in the beginning.
But that’s just it…
Aside from a ton of BS and drama which is going to be in a separate post altogether, I’ve come across a ton of criticism and ostracism. “Did you buy this new game? Why don’t you play more? You’re still playing that? Don’t you finish games? Can’t you afford new stuff?” That’s cleaning it up considerably but most of it boils down to me being legitimately put down because I don’t buy new games and am behind all the time. Apparently I am not a “real gamer.”
Well, I had a choice in my life. “Real gamer” vs “real world” was a decision that hung over my head. Since I’d rather support myself and my wife and not be stuck living in my mom’s house, I chose the latter.
So could I go out and buy every new title on release and take part in the discussion? Sure I could. Could I also be evicted from my apartment, divorced from my wife and starving? Absolutely!
Let me put it this way…
I have a job and so does my wife. We went through some hard times and fell behind financially, so we’re getting caught up. I am typing this on my phone because my laptop screen is cracked and it’s real hard to see on it sometimes and I haven’t been able to afford a new one. This has been the case for months! People are raving about Far Cry 3 and Bioshock Infinite right now and I was excited to spend $10 on used games and picked up Quake 4 and Duke Nukem Forever. (Big thanks to my buddy Chris for finding Quake for me!) I’ve also jumped into Fallout 3 which cost me NOTHING (thanks to my brother in law Eric.)
Another issue that I’ve been hit with is people getting pissed that I’m never on Xbox Live or available to watch people’s live streams or chat on Skype. Apparently I was part of the reason a podcast failed because of my lack of commitment. Well this can all be summed up rather easily. JOB!
My schedule bounces around and so does my wife’s. A lot of time after work, I am just exhausted (hence the “Why don’t you finish games?’ thing) and don’t want to chat. Also, sometimes my wife and I get time off together. “Sorry, honey, but I can’t spend time with you because I need to go online and chat.” Divorce lawyer.
I hope people who have bugged me about these things read this!