Gamers vs The Great Outdoors

Earlier this week I blogged about taking part in the CRO Challenge, a 12 mile walk in aid of the local Cave Rescue Organisation. I’ve been telling a few people about it, friends and relatives, and I’ve mainly had positive comments. But I’ve also had a certain type of comment from them too. “I didn’t think you gaming types liked going outside” or words to that effect.

We all know the stereotype. You mention gaming and people get the image in their heads of an overweight guys with bad hygiene sat in front of his PC or games console all hours. Like the guy in the South Park World of Warcraft episode.

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But really, how many of us fit that stereotype? Hell, how many of us know someone like that? I don’t. The closest I have ever come to knowing someone like that was back in WoW vanilla when a 15 year old member of a guild I was in was banned from playing because he was playing the game when he should have been studying. A few years back when I had personal problems and I spent a lot of time playing WoW I would still go out and see friends, or do other things.

I dare say there ARE people who do spend far too much time playing games, who may fit partially into the stereotype, but all the gamers I know go out to work, have social lives and do plenty of activities outside the game. Like bellydancing 🙂

So do people really, honestly think we are all fat lazy no lifers?

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