We see it everywhere and hear it from all kinds of people about how so and so isn’t a ‘real’ gamer because they are a girl or don’t like this type of game etc…
I generally like to think this is a vast minority of the community because that just makes me feel better about it. Games aren’t my only hobby and surely not the only one that ‘defines’ me as a person, but for some reason it seems like it always comes back around to that. Focusing mostly on my gender and how ‘surprising’ it is that I enjoy games. This is probably due to the fact that games seem to be a common topic to discuss amongst the varied people I meet. I think it’s safe to say that the types of games you like often are more definitive of what people think though than your gender at times.
I am not a big JRPG fan. Honestly I couldn’t finish FF7 because I got bored. It’s not for me but I do know that if they make an HD version I’ll go back and try to beat it. I hear enough shit from friends for abandoning such an amazing game. Mind you when that game was current I was on PC playing Warcraft 3, Starcraft and other things like that more so than RPGs. The first console I owned as a teen was a Wii then I got the 360 to play Bioshock specifically. I kind of missed out on the entire golden era of JRPGS from the ones I get told are classics because of that. I don’t mind though in retrospect since I have no real interest in them when I go back to try and play them.
It’s pretty well known I basically avoid JRPGS like the plague. It’s not my thing, but here I sit playing through Ni No Kuni and I’m in love. I don’t mind grinding out levels in it either. Constantly finding myself being charmed by the character design and dialogue along with cut scenes in this game has me hooked. I plan to beat it ASAP. Something many of my friends probably never would have expected to come out of my mouth honestly. Perhaps it’s the Ghibli style that has me hooked but I’m not so sure that would keep me around if I hated the battle system.
I find it amusing that as someone who never really felt the need to be ‘validated’ in their gamer status or whatever that I feel myself thinking I’m not so strange now. I mean after all I finally found a JRPG I don’t hate. It’s a new sensation for me to think Oh wow I actually have a response besides don’t be a dick or that doesn’t matter. I can actually say I found a JRPG that I don’t hate. Now to just find something that makes people stop guilting me about disliking Metal Gear solid and I think I’m set for life!
The vlog discusses this a little more and in a bit of a different context. Feel free to give it a watch as well if your interested.
Did you ever find a game in a genre you didn’t enjoy and feel validated suddenly?
Also I’ve noticed this trend in other hobbies/fandoms as well so remember gaming isn’t the only one!