We’ve all seen or heard them. The angry forum user who lashes out against anyone, the opponent or teammate with a microphone spewing a stream of obscenities at random players, or just another gamer who will speak to how poor your choice of game was because he or she chose something else.
Why are we gamers so mean to each other? As a social group that is often stereotyped as wearing Zelda t-shirts and being socially awkward why is it seemingly so common that we are fighting each other more often than we are supporting each other?
You could certainly write some of the comments off as the vocal minority speaking louder than the quieter, more friendly gamers, but I feel it goes beyond that. There should be solidarity among those who calls themselves “gamers,” but we’ve seen a console player talking down to by a PC player, or a “hardcore” player ranting how the “casuals” are ruining everything. If we, as gamers, wish to see the stereotypes and the negative connotation of being called a gamer vanish then we must relax or repress our rage, and be more welcoming to new gamers and those with different interests.