In today’s chat bubble, I’m wondering how those around you respond to your gaming. Of course, as I say in the video, this depends hugely on the people you have around you. If you live in a university dorm, then you’re likely to be surrounded with people who don’t bat an eyelid when you play Call of Duty all night! But if you live at home with your family, then the response of those around you is likely to be slightly different. Of course, your entire family could be avid gamers, and if that’s the case, count yourself lucky!
The flip side of the coin is what your gaming habits are like. If you regularly spend ten hours playing World of Warcraft, that’s probably going to be more noticeable than ten three-hour sessions, and if your family or friends feel, fairly or otherwise, that computer games are having a negative impact, then that will also affect the situation.
I’m also very interested to hear whether you have noticed any change in the reactions of those around you following the media coverage of violence in video games that’s been around lately. GAMEBREAKER’s German Lopez wrote up the original article on the renewed scrutiny the industry was subjected to following the Sandy Hook massacre, and Tori McGrath followed up with information about a violent game trade-in program, being established in a Massachusetts town. Has this coverage had any impact on how others respond to your gaming? When you tell family or friends about playing video games, do they now react differently to how they did before?
Those media attitudes haven’t taken such a hold on this side of the Atlantic, so I can’t really comment on that from my own experience, but I do discuss how my friends and particularly my family respond to my gaming in the video. Largely, they’ve now come around to the idea that I’m pretty much a professional geek, and accept that a big part of that is likely to be sitting indoors playing computer games. However, they’re still concerned that I probably spend too little time outside – my family are all aviators and fairly outdoorsy people!
What about you? How do those around you respond to your gaming?