I want to touch on something that is not DIRECTLY related to RPG Maker, but more about gaming as a culture. I mean, I believe its safe enough to assume that most people make games because they love games, so let’s get started.
There has been a lot of articles out there. Many of them telling us how its the end of the line for the gamer identity.
Let’s start by saying this: I’m a gamer. I ended up working doing this primarily because I am a gamer, and I love games and the design of games. Video games, board games, tabletop RPG games, I love them all. (I even like sports, which, are really just games with physical activity). One of the centerpieces of my house is the game room which has massive shelves full of board games, RPG books, and video game and other geek paraphernalia. I even have my physical box copy of RPG Maker VX Ace up there because I was so happy to see it come out in a physical box. The only things I’ve even done this week are work and absolutely destroying Final Fantasy X-2 HD.
And whatever gaming journalism wants to say, I’m not going to stop being a gamer or calling myself a gamer. And no one else should either.
This isn’t about being angry at people for criticizing individuals in gaming culture. I’m right there with them on that. There are people who have been legitimately harassed, and the people who do it should be ashamed. And shamed. In fact, I think if gamers as a whole spent half the time they do yelling “not all gamers” to anyone making blanket statements about us actually criticizing those who are giving us a bad reputation, we would probably be a lot better off. We can criticize opinions without harassing anyone.
Don’t we actually want debate? Don’t we actually want a climate where we can discuss ideas calmly and rationally and come to conclusions and have those conclusions challenged intellectually rather than with insults? Debate is wonderful, but there are some loud, hopefully minority, voices on all sides in nearly every online argument that seem to make any rational debate impossible due to their immature approaches.
And that’s the thing. I like to believe that the vast majority of us, though at times less loud when things blow up, are good, decent people. We have our bad eggs, without a doubt, but is it really any more than the rest of society? I’m not sure to be honest, but I’m hopeful in saying that it isn’t.
And its hard to be caught in the crossfire when you aren’t “part of the problem.” Like I said, I’m a gamer. I get it. I’ve been a gamer since the time when being a gamer was something the nerds did. I played D&D and spent all my time on a computer back in a time when that didn’t make you your standard imgurian/redditor, it made you the dork. I know how easy it is to want to circle the wagons when you feel like you are being picked on. And being told part of my identity is dead because everyone in that identity is a scumbag really feels like an attack.
But instead of circling the wagons and firing on them, why not instead just let them in. We don’t have to yell at those who insult us. We don’t have to tell them how wrong they are. We don’t have to fill their twitter feeds and comment sections up with a bunch of vitriol. And honestly, with news pages, that is just what they want anyway, attention.
Instead, lets just show them who we are. Decent, normal folk whose hobbies just happen to be games. I would like for all of you to join us in our #ProudGamer initiative. On Facebook, Twitter, or whatever other online service you use, tell everyone something about your relationship with gaming and that you are a #ProudGamer. Lets not attack anyone over how wrong they are. Some bad apples gave them reason to think we are all bad, lets not sink to the level to prove them right.
And now back to Final Fantasy X-2. The game isn’t going to destroy itself.