Gaming stories: from a hobby to lifestyle
My wardrobe and drawers are full of videogame-related t-shirts and hoodies. Statistically I’ll go out once a month wearing something that’s not associated with videogames somehow. My messenger bag is from Just Cause 2. My backpack is a D&D-based “bag of holding”. Even my iPad case depicts Super Mario. At my house, the decoration is kind of akin: collector’s editions here and there, statuettes and figures of videogame heroes, posters, tons of games plus every gaming console that can be found in the market can be found under the living room TV.
Yes, I’m one of those guys whose lives rotate around technology, gadgets, social media and the so-called pop and internet culture; gaming however is by far my biggest passion. It started as a hobby, turned into a part-time job, a full-time one, and even managed to become something even bigger, a way of life, and I’m not referring solely to videogames but gaming culture as a whole. It’s not that I just enjoy playing games on my computer, my iPad or my home entertainment systems; I adore living in a place filled with their rejuvenating aura, their magical essence.
I can’t imagine my life without gaming. It’s something that relaxes me, and frees my mind from every kind of stress or disappointment. It’s the utmost everyday treat I can offer to myself, something I’m really grateful that’s part of my life, part of my daily routine, part of me. I don’t expect non-gamers and all those who do not embrace the so-called gaming culture to understand my passion. That would be unreasonable, since I’m not able to perceive how much, for example, haute couture or religion means for others. I’m used to hearing that gaming is a childish hobby, a meaningless way to spend one’s time and other similar aphoristic comments.
I rarely challenge them; if someone’s not ready to accept a different reality than the one they’ve got in their head, then there’s no need for a dialogue that’s nothing more than a complete waste of time. I usually answer with an acquiescent smile: I constantly pursue the change (or should I better say evolution?) and I aspire to go to bed every night knowing I’ve become a better person, but at the same time my relationship with gaming is a priori unquestionable. Intervening and trying to alter this status quo is like attempting to geld my personality; no matter how cruel this might sound, for a person like me it’s easier to change their relationship with a person rather than the culture that defines their whole life.
For those of you who are already gamers, I bet you totally understand me. Don’t quail; be proud about what makes you happy and claim your right to it. For those of you who are not gamers, instead of trying to change us, try to get to know us better, understand us and allow us to introduce you to our magical world. You never know, you might like it.