Weekly Wringer 104: Gaming Genres on the Go!

In this Episode, the Commodore talks about gaming genres that are easier to pick up on the go. Digging a little deeper into this topic, a question appears about our willingness to play games in front of other people. Maybe you’re embarrassed and maybe you’re not. But either way you have an opinion and we want to hear it this week on the comments. It’s ok to be a gamer folks, it’s the Weekly Wringer!

13 Comments

  • skysamfreeman
    Posted March 31, 2014 at 8:39 PM | Permalink

    It depends on where I’m at or what game I’m playing. If I’m sitting down at a restaurant or somewhere that is somewhat private where everyone else is preoccupied with their own thing then I’ll play anything. But in public in general I’ll probably limit myself to games that seem to be in the popular eye like Angry Birds for example. But it doesn’t really bug me too much. However at places like conventions I don’t care at all. But that’s not really considered public as in the general public.

  • Red Mage Red Mage
    Posted March 31, 2014 at 10:45 PM | Permalink

    I have enough self respect that I don’t really care about a passing stranger’s opinion about gaming in public. If someone has a problem with me playing Pac-Man while waiting for a table at a restaurant, deal with it. No. I’m not at all embarrassed to play games in public. I’m not apologetic about it at all. There is a stigma that adult gamers are “losers” or a “man-child” but I don’t let that stereotype bother me because its simply not true. I think whether some gamers are embarrassed to play in public depends on if they care they might be labeled as one of those stereotypes. Personally, I don’t care.

    I’m a gamer but to try and hide that or to somehow be ashamed of expressing it in public would be simply denying who I am. I don’t mask my gaming tastes either and only play the ‘cool’ games. I play what ever game the mood may strike. If someone thinks I’m “kiddy” or “gay” for playing a cartoony platformer, so be it.

    With that said, there are situations in my opinion in which gaming in public would be not be appropriate like attending a funeral, lecture, award ceremony etc. I avoid bringing gaming devices to formal events not because I would be embarrassed to play them among the people attending in particular but to give respect to the event, host or guests of honor. It’s a matter or circumstance rather than being embarrassed. Basically, I have no problem gaming in public in general but if its an important event for someone important to me I’m going to give them the time and respect they deserve.

  • KuraraII KuraraII
    Posted March 31, 2014 at 10:46 PM | Permalink

    I had tried to game in public a while back, but too many experiences with nosy, judgmental peers put a stop to that.

    I vividly remember playing FFVI on a laptop (late 90s), only to have a group of 3 peers come around pestering me about what I was watching/doing. They were apparently horrified at the prospect of someone playing an older game. To them, retro-gaming seemed an almost criminally luddite pursuit.

    I responded by gaming more and more furtively, in the back of the bus, on a bench, etc., maintaining a stoic face and unrelated work I could alt-tab to in-case someone got too close.

    It was just too much of a pain with how nosy everyone always was, so I just gradually stopped doing it. It also didn’t help that the people I used to share these experiences with all the time suddenly became too old for games. The very last thing I ever played on the go was Final Fantasy Tactics on my laptop, ca. 2004.

    I guess you could say that peer-pressure and the anxiety of maintaining privacy in public drove all of my actual hobbies underground.

  • lucktacular lucktacular
    Posted April 1, 2014 at 2:38 AM | Permalink

    Yes and no.

    If I’m stuck somewhere for a long time such as a plane ride, I have no problem busting out my DS or Vita to play for an extended period of time, even if I’m sitting next to a complete stranger. I put in some ear buds and game away (I like to be left alone anyway).

    But I’d be lying if I told you I was completely comfortable gaming on anything but a smartphone when I’m waiting for my barber to call me over or someplace like that. That’s Flappy Birds time.

  • Swizlet
    Posted April 1, 2014 at 4:49 AM | Permalink

    Am I embarrassed to play games in public? It depends on 2 major factors that I think everyone will agree with… 1. How adept I am at that game and 2. How socially accepted that game is.

    For the most part, I am generally not embarrassed by the games I play if people see me. However, number 2 applies greatly to this in many cases. I mean let’s be real here, we are all on this website so we are all definitely “Nerds” to some degree, so I don’t feel like I will be offending anyone when I use that word. Which is exactly why I chose my gaming selection very carefully when I know I am going to be gaming within arms length of people in public. Although I am a nerd to the fullest degree, I would rather not let my game selection dictate that to strangers. Is there anything worse than sitting next to a good looking woman and busting out Chrono Trigger on your mobile device and you are on like New Game+ Number 4, all your stats are Stars and you have every item. Granted, if you did pull that out and the woman was still interested she would be marriage material, but there is something inherent about JRPG’s and classic games that is embarrassing on a “nerd” level. So in short, I am embarrassed in public based on the games I am playing.

    Also to address my first point, my high score in flappy bird is 34, and all my friends have scores in the 100′s and 200′s so I pretty much get laughed at playing it if they are around. So skill also plays a factor in if I am embarrassed to play a game in public.

  • Markies
    Posted April 1, 2014 at 11:36 AM | Permalink

    I don’t have a device that allows me to play games in public, but I am not embarrassed about my love for video games.

    I am 32 year old male that constantly wears tee shirts that celebrate the NES/SNES generations and all of the classic games. I seek out and go to arcades that still exist in my city. I play arcade games constantly when I go twice a month to a place full of pinball machines. I walk around Gamestop every now and then, sometimes in my upscale work clothes without even batting an eye. I love going to independent video game stores and buying the classic games that I love to play. While at work, I usually have some podcast about classic games being played, a review on classic games or even a recording of people playing games on Twitch. All of my coworkers, with most of them in their 50′s, know that I am a hardcore gamer and that is what I do with my free time.

    I do not play games in public. But, it is pretty obvious that I am a gamer to anybody that I meet. And at 32 years old, I really don’t care what people think about me anymore. All I care about is what makes me happy and playing, talking and watching old games makes me very happy!

  • Posted April 1, 2014 at 6:19 PM | Permalink

    Not embarrassed just broke.

  • punch_a_bunch_a_buttons punch_a_bunch_a_buttons
    Posted April 3, 2014 at 10:43 AM | Permalink

    I know we have much younger audience here in COTGW and, well, I’m sadly already 32 and this answer would be nil and void for them. This said I am an adult and this is my feeling on this question as a life long gamer.

    It’s not shame as in “I am humiliated” but rather a more casual feeling of not loosing one’s serious adult composure. What I mean is that there is no problem playing games in the company of other adults that you know and are comfortable with, like friends. But when you are in the middle of a waiting room with other adults per example I personally tend to keep it cool and would opt not to loose my seriousness. But if the wait would go on and on for 4 hours then my serious composure would definitely be gone anyways. Physically we would get tired and start to wobble left and right… At a point such as this, i would not care about it, as my serious composure would be gone anyways…

    So in the end, I guess it’s about protecting this image of a responsible serious adult that we probably should not. :)

  • I Feel Asleep I Feel Asleep
    Posted April 5, 2014 at 9:40 PM | Permalink

    I agree with Punch_A_Bunch_A_Buttons about feeling like you need to maintain an adult image while in public. As a 34 year old guy I find myself in more and more situations where playing my 3DS might make me seem less “grown up” than I want to appear. I will still bring my 3DS with me, I am just more selective when and where I will play it than I was in the past.

  • Posted April 14, 2014 at 11:17 PM | Permalink

    Not a chance. After being bullied for just about everything I did, I stopped caring what people think of me or what I do. If a hobby does not harm others and is not infringing on someone else`s rights, there is no reason to be embarrassed about it, video games included. People should worry less about what others think about them and on the flip-side, not judge others for what they do.

    I feel that one can still be a respectable adult while playing video games in public and not have to worry about justification for one`s hobbies. I work as an instructor and coordinator at a college and have no problem informing people about my Physics of Video Games writing or my hobbies. It is all about respecting yourself and others.

  • Posted April 18, 2014 at 5:06 AM | Permalink

    My gaming in public is very restricted. I try out new smartphone games now and then, but most of them are either not suitable enough for public/casual play or they aren’t games I want to be identified with.

    The games that wouldn’t be all that suitable would be games like “Final Fantasy 6″ (for smartphone) that although they have the option of quicksave (put it away whenever, pick it up whenever), come short when it comes to controls and such. And if I were to experience the game for the first time, I would have been unable to invest in the story as I wouldn’t play extended periods of time or in the correct mindset.

    Some examples of games that I don’t feel that I want to be identified with would be “Angry Birds”, “Candy Crush Saga” and to some extent even “Wordfeud”. But there are many more…

    I believe that smartphone/tablet gaming has much more to give and new genres of gaming may surface because of them. Hopefully these new games will be really good and not pay-to-win. I wouldn’t say smartphone and tablet gaming as of now have contributed to the gaming market. And I hope that some day a game will emerge on these platforms that has contents that I will pay extra to get, just because the game is awesome. But to this day I’ve never made a transaction in a game, never bought DLC or anything.

  • Lenois
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 1:43 PM | Permalink

    I used to be really embarrassed to break out my GBA in middle school, but as I get older I started to care less and less. If I am waiting in the airport or on a long train ride I have no problem taking out my 3ds. If people judge whatever, but I haven’t really experienced any judging.

    I tend not to play games on short trips, like a bus ride, because I like to be a social butterfly and talk to people. On longer trips I usually am okay with it, but there have been times I get along really well with the stranger next to me and we talk the whole trip.

    I have to say that I am fairly limited in the genres I play, my mobile games tend to be things like Phoenix Wright, or long jrpgs, so it is hard to progress in a short time, which may be why I shy away from mobile gaming on short trips.

    The biggest thing with gaming in public is knowing who you are, I don’t try to put on a fake persona for anyone, if I don’t get along with someone, that is fine, but I am not changing myself, especially for a stranger.

  • mrandycretin mrandycretin
    Posted May 2, 2014 at 3:28 PM | Permalink

    can’t think of much to say on this topic; i guess a simple, “no.”

    just wanted to say i dug this episode. t’was pretty good. not sure why i didn’t notice it until now.

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