A Gamer is a Gamer
Gamers come in many different shapes, sizes and style and by that I mean, your local butcher… he might be a MLG. Your local Hairdresser, she might dabble in some Call of Duty from time to time. Heck, I’m going to say it, your mates gran might smash some Mario Bro’s here and there. The long and short of it, there is no criteria, there is no check list as to what makes you a gamer. I feel people expect you to look like this when they hear you over headset, or behind the scenes of the gaming posts (Of course, I’m joking)
(Jenkins, South park Episode Make love not Warcraft)
To this day, I see various comments and messages send throughout the gaming community such as: “You only play Fallout 4? Hardly a real gamer!” or “Your K/D is Sh*t, you’re not even a gamer!” I actually find it hard to believe such things still get said but they do! The struggles of being a gamer are completely real, there is a stigma surrounding it. Throughout my journey launching Twogirlsgaming I frequently have older generations asking me “Uh, So what is it you’re hoping to achieve?” Despite informing them of the possibilities of working in the gaming industry, for Game Development companies, Press staff for Game companies, Journalists which travel to various Cons documenting and vlogging, there are so many paths that can be taken but often, it goes right over their heads. Sometimes people fail to look at who already works in these industries, that they are real jobs!
Gaming for a career
Heading for a gaming career is something you have to throw yourself into full force, everyone has to start at the bottom, that’s the way careers, jobs and promotions go, we all start at the same level and to progress we have to strengthen, grow and gain confidence, which will lead to you ultimately prospering. Starting off in the industry is essentially a self employed situation apart from you won’t be making any money, you’re unlikely to make money for up to two years of growing, not because you aren’t good enough but because success on the internet is widely gained through building a reputation which takes time and patience along with hard work, but here I am purely talking about if you are running a gaming blog and/or gaming YouTube channel. For example Two Girls Gaming has been live for around 6 months and we are not yet monetizing our social media and likely won’t be for quite some times, for now we are learning and growing, taking our time and enjoying the steady pace we are at.
However you decided to approach a gaming career path, don’t be afraid to grab that bull by the horns, invest in yourself and it will pay off. Passion and hard work will reap it’s rewards. I went into TGG with a gaming knowledge and a passion for writing, put those two together and you have a fine recipe for a gaming blog! From there on, it progressed and over the next few years I truly believe hard work will pay off, after I finish college and gain my qualifications, along with my passion for the industry I feel I will put myself where I want to be. Take your time, trust in yourself, believe in your ability and don’t give up or feel discouraged, I felt it many a time, but you have every right to success as those working at the top of Sony or your favorite Game Dev company, heck even if I was making tea for Todd Howard and Bethesda, I’d be a happy girl!
There is no master race
Now I feel people get incredibly triggered with this subject, but I am that person who believes there isn’t a master race in terms of which console makes you a ‘real’ or more credible gamer. In terms of graphics cards and hard drives etc, there are those more superior than others (In saying that, Project Scorpio plans to wipe that theory) but just because one person only plays a Playstation 4, doesn’t mean they aren’t as much of a hardcore gamer as Jim over there with his GeForce GTX 1070 super pc. I have had most consoles and was once a PC gamer, however over time I just fused to Playstation and only recently got myself an Xbox one.
There will always be people who want to have a pop at a fellow gamer because of a difference in opinions over a console or game, like the current dislike for Infinite Warfare, I have seen so many toxic conversations over this game and I think to myself, does it honestly matter what somebody else thinks of it? I enjoyed the campaign personally, and I don’t hate the multiplayer but if somebody else truly dislikes the game I’m not going to rip them apart for that. On Facebook game groups you can see people go as far as telling people to “KYS” because they play Call of Duty, I’m probably seeing it from the point of view of somebody who doesn’t like conflict or aggression but to me, It’s a little over the top, fair enough people have a passion for gaming but not everyone will share your views!
All in all, what I’m trying to say is live and let live, game and let game. Fair enough the world needs some debates, discussions and banter but there is certainly a limit. I’m all for having a good heated debate over a game but I’m not one to tell somebody they are wrong and should feel bad that they play a certain game. I hope this post wasn’t too ranty, it’s a step out of the norm for me, let me know what you think!
I’d also like to take this time to thank anyone who has subscribe to the Two Girls Gaming YouTube channel, we hit over 200 subs today!