“Oh, so you’re into video gaming?” It’s something heard far too often. It’s said with an air of condescendence; accompanied by eyes boasting superiority over your hobby that they deem childish. It’s time for the world to realize that video gaming is just a medium like any other.
Chances are if you conducted a survey on whether people enjoy music, film, and television, the answers you get will indicate that most people enjoy a specific subset of each medium. They may enjoy pop music, romantic movies, and procedural crime dramas, but despise metal music, action films, and sitcoms.
Mediums are very diverse, yet in our culture to say you enjoy video games gets you automatically stereotyped as a violence-relishing Grand Theft Auto or Call of Duty fanatic. That these two franchises which focus on vice and violence are some of the most-popular and fastest-selling video games no doubt contributes to the public perception of the medium, but as you and I both know, gaming as a whole is so much more.