10 Things to Never Say to a Gamer

The world of video games is a fascinating world, populated by vast kingdoms, imaginary worlds and fierce competitions. For video game enthusiasts, it is much more than just a hobby, it is a passion that drives them. However, sometimes friends and loved ones don't quite understand this passion and make missteps in their comments. In this article, we'll explore the 10 things you should never say to a gamer.

1. “Go read a book instead.”

The first item on our list is the suggestion to read a book instead of playing video games. Gamers are far from being opposed to reading. Many video games, especially Japanese role-playing games (JRPGs), are full of complex text and stories. Gamers are just as eager to read, but in a different form. Rather than reading books, they prefer to immerse themselves in virtual worlds and interact with characters and stories in an immersive way.

Reading is not the only measure of intelligence, and there are many forms of art and creative expression, including video games. So instead of telling a gamer to read a book, why not sit down with them, share a pizza and explore virtual worlds together? You might be surprised by the depth of stories that video games can offer.

2. “It’s just a game, why are you so angry?”

Nothing can infuriate a gamer faster than this sentence. Gamer anger is often the result of many hours of effort to overcome a challenge in a game. Imagine putting together a complicated piece of furniture, making a mistake, and having to take it all apart to start again. It's the same frustration gamers feel when they fail at a difficult level.

Also, when you watch a sports game on TV, you don't tell the players to calm down. Gamers invest time and effort to improve in their field, just like athletes. So instead of minimizing their emotions, show them some understanding and support.

3. “Can you pause the game?”

When someone asks a gamer to pause a game, it can be a source of frustration. Most modern online games cannot be paused, as they involve the participation of other players from around the world. Asking a gamer to pause their game can put them in a difficult situation, as they risk penalizing their team or losing an important gaming opportunity.

Of course, if a parent needs help or a child has a problem, that always takes precedence over the game, but it's essential to understand that online games aren't always flexible when it comes to breaks.

4. “Sorry, I deleted your save by mistake.”

Nowadays, it is quite difficult to accidentally delete a game save. However, it can still happen, and it is a real tragedy for a gamer. Saves represent hours of gameplay, progress, and achievements. Losing them by accident can be a big blow.

It's important to be careful when handling a gamer's gaming data, whether it's a friend or family member. Avoid deleting anything without their consent, as this can cause great frustration.

5. “All games are like Nintendos, right?”

One of the oldest and most irritating stereotypes is treating all video games as if they were “Nintendos”. This generalization often shows a lack of understanding of different consoles and the video game industry.

Nintendo is an iconic company, but there are many other console brands, such as Xbox and PlayStation, each offering unique gaming experiences. Recognizing this diversity shows that you understand the breadth of the video game industry.

6. “The console wars are nonsense.”

Console debates, such as Xbox vs. PlayStation, are commonplace in the gaming community. However, it is essential to understand that each console has its own strengths and weaknesses, and choosing one or the other depends on personal preference.

Ultimately, what matters is that gamers enjoy the games they love, no matter what console they play on. Each console's exclusives offer unique experiences, and there's no reason to disparage someone else's preferences.

7. “Put it on easy mode.”

Asking a gamer to switch to easy mode is like asking an athlete to compete without an opponent. Gamers love challenges, and they want to overcome obstacles through their own skill and perseverance.

Switching to easy mode can take all the fun out of the game by reducing the difficulty too low. Gamers prefer to learn and improve to succeed rather than cheat by opting for a simpler game mode.

8. “Video games are not art.”

This statement is simply false. Video games are an art form in their own right. They combine visual, audio and narrative elements to create interactive experiences rich in emotion and creativity.

Art is subjective, and there are many different forms of art. Video games are one such form, and they have the power to tell deep stories, explore complex themes, and evoke powerful emotions in players. It's time to recognize that video games are a valid art form.

9. “You shouldn’t play violent games.”

This remark often implies that violent video games have a negative impact on players. However, numerous studies have shown that the relationship between violent games and real-world violence is complex and nuanced. Video games are not necessarily the cause of violent behavior.

It is important to recognize that gamers are able to distinguish between fiction and reality. They enjoy video games for their gameplay, story, and competition, not for inciting violence. Rather than judging a gamer's gaming choices, start a conversation about their preferences and interests.

10. “You don’t have a phone?”

Finally, we come to the famous quote from Blizzard during the presentation of “Diablo Immortal”. This remark became iconic due to negative public reaction. It reflects the contempt of some game developers towards their audience.

Gamers have high expectations of their favorite franchises, and companies need to take them seriously. Mobile games can be fun, but they don't replace the full gaming experience that gamers want.

In conclusion, it is essential to respect gamers' passion for video games. Gaming is a valid art form, and gamers deserve to be understood and supported in their hobby. Instead of making awkward comments, engage in positive conversations about games and find out what makes them so engaging. After all, gamers are explorers of virtual worlds, storytellers and passionate competitors, and they deserve our respect.

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