(I wasn't going to post this... in fact I wrote it some time ago... but it has been on my mind a lot lately)
I have been playing video games in some form since I was three years’ old, and pen ‘n paper games for over 18 years. I have been in game circles whose number have spanned over 100, all playing the same game, in the same area, at the same time… I really used to love LARPs. I have also played games with new groups, and new people all over the country. The fact that I have to preface that is a little irritating, but I am used to it.
I have read the articles and op-ed’s, and blog posts asking the question… “why do some in the geek community seem to bully people around, since they most likely have been picked on in the past…” or some such. That question all gets me to answer, “where the hell have you been?”
While some of the things being attributed to the gaming community aren’t representative of true gamers, there is this attitude that, unfortunately, are a result of being the only one to be interested in D&D or any geeky subject and being ridiculed for it. So anyone saying something that they disagree with, harkens back to the fights and the bullying and they argue back (because now they are older and know how to keep themselves safe behind a keyboard or have learned Karate… lol).