In The Closet

People here at Ready Up love games. It’s undeniable. We’ve got people who love the music of games so much, it’s practically all they listen to on their iPods. We’ve got people who dress up as characters from games. We’ve even got lonely hearts looking to meet people with the same interest in games. We have people with houses full of consoles, collectible figurines and strategy guides.

In short, we love our games, and we’re not afraid to shout our love of them from the highest mountains.

Someone from Ready Up is up there right now, shouting about how much they love games.

I say ‘we’, but actually, I don’t count myself among that group. You see, although I am happy to declare my love of all things gaming and game related on Ready Up, I’m not really the same in real life. You see, you are reading Ready Up, a site entirely dedicated to games. This means you either love games, or you’re a massive masochist who is just here for the punishment. (You pervert). So yeah, I love talking about games… to games people. Meet me in the pub at a Ready Up meet up and I’ll talk games until you’re either bored stiff or blind drunk.

My problem is that I still fear the stigma attached to games and gaming by “normal” people. That’s why I consider myself to be a closet gamer. You won’t see me wearing any items of gaming clothing – because I don’t want to look like a geek in public. I don’t think people who wear gaming apparel are geeks, but I do think that others do, and I don’t want to be tarred with that brush. If I meet someone new I will never bring up games unless they do first – because if you do bring it up to someone who isn’t interested you can see that look of almost-pity appear on their face, and I hate that.

Writing this down, though, makes me sound really quite lame. Why should I care what other people think of me? The fact is that I do, though, and most other people do to at least some extent too. Anyone who has ever checked their hair in a mirror knows that they aren’t doing that for themselves. It’s for everyone else around you, and what would they think if your hair was a mess?

Look closely and you might recognise at least one of these people

I have to say, though, I do greatly admire the people with the confidence to just say “sod it”, and do what they want. The cosplayers, particularly. I think I would rather die than appear in public dressed as Mario, but I love the fact that people do, and have a damn good time with it. Fair play to them all.

Fortunately, though, I think the tide is turning. I used to feel a little bit self-concious if I was playing a game on my iPhone on the train, but the other day I was on a train and EVERYONE was playing a game on their iPhone. I would have looked out of place if I wasn’t. Hopefully the rise of mobile gaming is helping to turn the tide of negative opinions on gaming, and sooner or later I can come out of the gaming closet, and scream to the world at the top of my lungs –

“I’M A GA…. MER.”






4 responses to “In The Closet”

  1. JohnnySix avatar

    But you’ve already pulled for Life, Tony. It doesn’t matter how much you let yourself go from now on.

  2. Simon avatar

    Well said.

    N.B. I’ll go with blind drunk.

  3. Laura avatar

    I loved reading this. I’m pretty much the same. I buy geeky t-shirts but feel silly actually wearing them outside of the house. I tend to keep it quiet until someone else brings it up, but then I can’t help myself and don’t shut up about gaming.

  4. Paul R avatar
    Paul R

    I find this very interesting probably because I’m pretty much the opposite. I really don’t care what some people think, but I do care what people think about me who share similar interests. I usually find people I am attracted to, or with whom I have an affinity, tend to share similar interests. If they dont ‘get’ games and art, then unless they are simply fascinating, I tend to lose interest in them immediately.

    I would never wear gaming related clothes because, well they are tragic. And when I check my hair in the mirror it isnt for anyone else, its simply self respect and confidence. If I dyed my hair pink, then that would be for the attention.

    There is an overlap, though, with games and that’s because they encompass so many elements, Art, Music and narrative to name a few. So I guess the type of people I find myself in company with, while they may not be huge gaming aficionados they often have a healthy curiosity for the medium and will check out certain games that are interesting and often times would love to experience something unique like REZ or FLOWER, but don’t know about them.

    I guess what Im saying is the type of people I surround myself with are largely curious people who would never make sweeping generalisations about something/someone and have a healthy curiosity about the potential of games as a medium.

    For other folk? Why does their opinion of me matter? it doesn’t, at all.

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