Chalk Talk - Gamers vs. Gamer Culture

Chalk Talk Gamers vs Gamer Culture, how we effect the community, various points in society, and alter social interactions with one another.

The past few Chalk Talks we have looked into how various aspects impact the culture which we hold near and dear to us. This week were going to discuss the impact our culture has on various aspects of society, the demographics that it encompass, the social and anti-social implications, the rise of subcultures and the sphere of influence that gaming has created for non gaming cultures. Here is what GameSpot members had to say.

SuperMassive20: So where does the image of a gaming nerd sat in his underwear, eating Cheetos, drinking Mountain Dew while playing games come from? In a world where millions interact from all around the world playing games like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft, are we seen as forever alone?read more.

Starshine_M2A2: If you wanted to be a gamer, you had to sacrifice your social life and any hope that you would be considered cool by your peers. Either that, or keep it to yourself. We had our small group of gamers in school but any discussion about games to any outsider and it would be social suicide. But then, something happened. read more.

benleslie5: Apart from Gaming being fun for everyone, its also played a huge impact on everyone lives for its outstanding art, music, and culture. There have been midnight launches on various games and consoles throughout the years and online games have also made a huge impact on systems like PC with stuff like World of Warcraft. read more.

pokecharm: The idea that I am embarrassed to be a gamer has faded, but it isn't truly gone. I attribute that to being a female gamer and not because of the activity itself. read more.

Gelugon_baat: In other words, long before gaming culture was (somewhat) accepted as the norm, the foundations for this change in general society's perception of gaming culture may have already been laid by the likes of memes such as "All Your Base Are Belong to Us". read more.

More Chalk

A very special thanks to everyone who contributed to this week's Chalk Talk! To read all of the entrants, you can check out this link here.

Extra Credit

Sometimes a good blog is simply a good blog, and these GameSpot members deserve recognition for their efforts and contributions:
- Buy it or Don't: DLC By: ShootumUP26
- Illegal downloads and torrents… Why do people have to spoil our fun? By: bearcomputerrep
- Gaming Integrity - The Sell It Now, Fix It Later Sales Model By: HybridExtreme

Last Week on Chalk Talk: Keeping it on the DLC

Next Week's Assignment: Play like a girl

Girls in gaming or even girls in games. More often than not this is a subject that is touched on only when a rift occurs in the gaming community. Be them busty babes sucking on plastic or hard working average mothers who just wanna have a fun frag. This week on Chalk Talk we ask are they nothing more than females looking desperately for attention in a social pool they find to be easy to navigate, or are they legitimate gamers? Is misogyny something that we should expect to see in this community or is it something that we should combat? Whatever perspective you choose to take, sound off in our roll call thread here once you've finished writing your blog.

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Synthia Weires

Community Producer for GameSpot. Fan of all things gaming, social butterfly, a lover of bacon, MTG, D20's and pie.
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zyxe moderator

why not make an actual page for chalk talk with all of the previous entries, and list a link to the newest one in AUB and a link under the AUB on the front page? it's still not terribly easy to find, unless i'm missing something... but then again, if i am, that's kind of my point ;)


plus, with all the AUB users (yeah i know the AUB says they will consider all blogs marked editorial for entry, it's also been said that only certain users are considered for AUB not just by blog alone but that's another issue) chalk talk entries being posted, it's watering down chalk talk. by the time the blogs are listed for chalk talk, it's mostly been there read that save a few non-AUBers.


As someone who has been gaming for over 25 years, it is taking me some time to get used to the gamer culture found at GameSpot due to the generational differences. I am 37 and I am dealing with a gamer culture that mostly attracts young people in their teens and twenties. At least there are gamers that are of my generations and I can associate with them as we share similar tastes and experiences that younger generations do not posess.


Awww yeah, mentioned again, love that feeling! :D


The next assignment should be interesting. There aren't much games that have done justice to women in their portrayal.

robotopbuddy moderator

That gaming integrity extra credit article by hybrid is certainly one that the industry should be looking at (though it only covers part of the problem), the industry seems to be going down a rather shameful/immoral route in many ways lately, and in the long run there's no way that can be helping sales..if I remember correctly the average sales actually plummeted this past year too..devs/publishers blamed it on needing a new console generation, but realistically that isn't necessary, new consoles should be causing a spike in sales but software sales shouldn't be reliant on it at all - a rethink of the way the industry has changed is more in order than a new console generation is.


The culture related blogs were good reads all round (though I never cared much for memes, they are certainly still (a small) part of our culture), starshine's especially brings up an interesting point - the industry nowadays seems to be catering mostly to casual gamers that were once disdainful of that same industry...somewhat understandable from a business point of view as they cover the majority, and therefore have more potential to generate profit, but most of the industry seems to be losing sight of the things that made it grow so much in the 1st place, before it started turning into another hollywood/movie industry (arguably worse, actually, as the gaming industry is less limited, and the consumer-base seems to be regularly abused lately).


Call it nostalgia, but I quite dislike the way the industry is going lately, including the attitudes of several of the larger producers, as well as some smaller ones. Some even seem to be worryingly eager to make a quick buck, even at the cost of angering their player-bases...which is quite sickening, really.


..Next week's could be interesting, as I've noticed that stereotyping against female gamers still seems to show up every so often in many gaming communities...perhaps because they are lesser in number compared to male gamers and that people seem to be into the idea that a gamer is male unless there's evidence to the contrary, despite there being ample female gamers playing these days, at least some of which are quite serious gamers.


Good reads. Frankly, I'm just glad that the image of gamers has changed over the years thanks to heavy-hitters like GTA, CoD, and Halo making huge amounts of money. Showing the world that gaming isn't just a niche thing anymore and that gamers aren't 600 pound virgins that live in our parents basements living off of Doritos, snack cakes, and Mountain Dew. I would like to know how that stereotype even got started.


 @zyxe Maybe, just maybe Tron and Digimon is real and the hapless bloglings have been turned to sinister purpose...As we speak there are screams rising from the internet and cyber space, where in some deep cyber dungeon your dear blogs are being transformed into...INTERNET MONSTROSITIES!

zyxe moderator

 @tgwolf ok that made me chuckle :P