In my mind, it is clear that the name of our club is a satirical homage to the strongly held belief (by non-gamers) that we’re all basement living slugs that haven’t seen sunlight in weeks. While the early 80’s geek-ploitation did nothing to mend this stereotype, the recent decade has proven this stereotype wrong over and over again. In a recent article by CNET, researchers at North Carolina State University, York University, and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology traveled to more than 20 gaming events in Canada and the UK ranging from 20-player events in bars to 2,500-player competitions in convention centers. After observing thousands of gamers in these settings, the researchers conducted an in-depth survey with nearly 400 of them. And their conclusion? Gamers are social animals.
As it is tradition, every year I stand at the doors of GenCon waiting for it to open and every year it gets more and more crowded. I think this year the crowd stretched back to Will Call. You cannot look at that photo and tell me we are not social creatures by nature. The very essence of roleplaying games is based on collaborative storytelling. GenCon and I’m sure other gaming conventions of that type are utopias for meeting other gamers and friends – everyone WANTS to talk about the latest and greatest.
So why does media keep perpetuating the stereotype? I guess they sell what we (as in the general audience) believe to be true. However, I am quite optimistic for the future. In the mean time, I’m proud of my basement deweller-isms and look forward to proving this stereotype wrong via this website.