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Slide 1: ==== ==== Gamer Gabber http://gamergabber.com ==== ==== If, like me, you were born in the early eighties, you are part of the first generation to grow up with an in home video game system. As such, some of my fondest memories growing up are the 8 bit characterizations of simulated adventure. For me it was Super Mario Brothers that started my life long obsession, for others it was Link in the Zelda Series, for our more seasoned veterans of the console wars it may be Pitfall, Pac Man, or Centipede. My hobby started out innocently enough, a few hours a day trying to find the right castle to save the princess. For many of us that first game, that first console in our homes opened up many new worlds for us to delight in, but, as with everything, there was a downside to calling yourself a gamer. Social interactions with peers in elementary and then middle school were at best tense as clicks formed and video game enthusiasts like me were cast out of any of the "traditional" groups. For example the Jocks, yes I played sports all growing up, but I never really belonged with the Jocks. While they spent their time following professional players with reckless abandon I was too busy trashing Bebop and Rocksteady in my endless quest to rescue April O'neil. I was a child of multiple worlds, like many of my good friends to this day. However, one day, and I can't put an exact date to this, the perception of gamers started changing. I do recall being astounded by the number of people in my High School that were gamers, while still predominately Male, no longer did I find the Clicks in my school separated into gamers and non gamers, the two were merging and video games were becoming a tool to bring people together instead of a divide. Even to this day a bit of a stigma remains in society when you admit that you are a gamer. Convention has held that "Gamers" are single, overweight males, with little, if any, career ambitions, living in their mother's basement, and NEVER EVER getting laid. This tide is changing my friends, and soon we will have to embrace a new reality, causal gaming has taken over our industry and thrown out the conventions. The Bad News Let me explain this transition in a two pronged argument. I will start with the bad news first. With the release of the Nintendo Wii, the world of gaming was changed forever. Marketing to "causal gamers" Nintendo quickly capitalized on an intricate idea. By changing the way people view and interact with video games, Nintendo was able to increase the market beyond the conventions. No longer were hardcore gamers the primary focus of Nintendo, they had already lost the war of the hardware to Sony and Microsoft, but they opened a new market with games like Wii Sports and it wasn't long until Sony and Microsoft saw the dollar signs and decided to follow suit. This is bad news for gamers like me who prefer intricate games focusing on graphics capability, story progression, subplots, and violence. I want a game that will take me 60+ hours to play through the campaign, not a pick up party game that my 8 year old sister can play with me. I like to
Slide 2: be drawn into the world of my games and that market focus is dwindling, and will fall even further after this holiday season. Microsoft and Sony are releasing their motion controllers to capitalize on the new market, while the dedicated fan boys and gamers will be given only morsels of the games they crave. This is the bad news, on the other side of the coin: The Good News Gamers are getting it on (bow chicka bow wow) more frequently than non gamers! According to Cosmopolitan Magazine, a recent study suggests that female gamers have sex, on average, 1 time per week (4 as opposed to 3 times) more than non gamer girls. This of course could be that the "gamer" tag is being applied to a broader portion of the population, but I'll take what I can get. It stands to reason that gamers will tend to find other gamers when searching for a relationship. Mutual interest does make for the most rewarding relationships. By that logic, if female gamers are having sex more often than their non gaming counterparts, then Male gamers are having more sex than their equivalents too. More horizontal tangos taking place is always a reason to celebrate (who on their death bed says "Man I wish I had sex less while I was alive."?), but this is a symptom of an overarching change in the perception of gamers. We as a group are making progress friends, it starts with more sex and can lead to gamers being a recognized and sought after demographic in a number of areas. Politics, television programming, movie development, as we become a recognized demographic a greater portion of our economy, and, in turn, society, will be tailored to our wants and needs. It will be our world soon my friends. So stock up on Mountain Dew, Doritos, and Condoms because instead of tea-bagging virtual noobs in Halo you might get to try to maneuver out IRL! tl/dr: A new study was released suggesting that female gamers have sex on average 4 times per week as opposed to non gamers who have sex on average 3 times per week. As I mentioned above, Beyond the Bookshelf isn't merely about novels, my friends and I will be reviewing stories presented in all forms. So join us if you will on this journey, feel free to post your comments, maybe we will get know one another or maybe you will never read a single post I write after this. Whether you love what I have to say or you can't stand the things I have to say; friend or foe, it's all just another story. No matter the medium, stories are a way for people to connect, reflect, and experience the world that lies just beyond the bookshelf. Did I mention we do video games, movie adaptations and news tidbits too? http://www.beyondthebookshelf.com Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Michael_Barnhart
Slide 3: ==== ==== Gamer Gabber http://gamergabber.com ==== ====

   
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