I believe I'm not alone in this.
Like the vast majority of gamers, I was one of the many that was picked on for this. I was laughed at by a lot of girls, who tell me that gaming is a waste of time and that I was a loser for it. Men, such as the jocks and popular guys in the schools I attended years ago, would call me stupid names and say that gaming would get me nowhere. Not with girls, not with life, etc. I heard it all and overcame it. These days, I'm no longer dealing with that nonsense because I've learned to not give in and let my enjoy the hobby when others consider it to be useless.
For me, gaming is the one area of my life that I remain totally confident in. It's something that I don't need to ask people help on, because I can do it by myself and feel accomplished about getting certain, yet hard tasks done. It also allows me to achieve things that could NEVER be done in real life! Let's face it, I doubt that I have the talent, skill, or chrisma to entertain a large audience in a sport like professional wrestling. But in a videogame, I can enter that world and feel totally free in whatever choices I make. Ever wanted to be a rockstar in front of millions? Done! Ever wanted to hit the grand-slam homerun and win the World Series? No problem!
More impotantly, I can be with a group of people, in a videogame, that won't judge me for who I am and what I do. I can be with a cast of characters that don't mind me being part of the ride and undertaking the joys and dangers found within the quest until the ending credits roll. That's who I've had to deal with most of my life too; gamers, who have accepted me as one of them and don't judge me for it. Don't get me wrong though; I know a ton of ladies and gents that aren't gamers, but they too have learned to accept me for who I am. I also think they wouldn't want me to change. But still, just being with people of that nature makes me feel comfortable, to be with those that will never judge you by the way you look, the way you talk, the way you walk, and so forth.
And let's not forget, the world outside of gaming can be a harsh reality. Gaming is considered an escape by a lot of us, myself included, because we wish to be tuned off by the madness that we hear about on a daily basis. I would literally get sick and tired of nutjobs committing these acts of lunacy against people that were purely innocent or how a few places are embroiled in conflict, with a lot of violence and death happening. It's a sad world, which is another reason why I am very thankful for gaming entering my life at a young age. Plus, it's a great way to relieve stress!
Though I won't get too personal here, I know I had days where the world was totally against me and everything felt screwed up from the beginning. So once I would get home, angry and frustrated about what happened to me in whatever situation I was in, there were the videogames that kept my anger in check. It allowed me to relieve the stress and rage I felt building inside of me, just waiting to explode. After I played whatever game I had in my system for a good, long time, my anger was depleted and I felt fine again. On the outside world, I had no control over how people felt about me or what they did to me in a negative fashion. In a videogame, however, that's a different story. I was in total control of everything and I could do whatever I wanted without having to affect my real life outside of it. So, in other words, it was a healthy way of getting rid of my anger.
And that's me in a nutshell. If people in my life cannot accept me or love me as a person and as a videogamer that LOVES what he does, then you have no right in being a part of my life, because I won't tolerate discrimination or dislike towards me. I've had to deal with that in the past and now, I'm in a good place. Plus, as I said, things have changed for me; people see me in a different light. People see me as a guy that's very nice, loyal, and can speak his mind when needed and doesn't back down from anyone. Already in my late twenties, I still continue to game, soaking in the nostalgia while looking towards the future, engaging myself in new worlds and creating new memories out of the experience.
And that's the truth!