every single reference to “us as a community” makes me go “???” and i don’t quite know why
maybe something about using media as an identity and a basis for growing a community feels really… off? i don’t know. it just seems weird to not only make the type of media you enjoy a huge part of your personal identity but a basis for the construction of a community of like-minded people.
It seems strange to me that you think community membership and personal identity are the same thing!
don’t you have to say “i am a gamer” before you say “we as gamers”? i always thought personal identity would be the beginning of communities
that’s the way it is with religious communities and a lot of queer communities v0v
maybe i attach too much significance to the word ‘community’
I think you do attach too much significance to it. I’m not a gamer except in that I play games and like to talk about them. A set of people who play games and like to talk about them with each other is then a gaming community. I, and I think most people, take “community” to mean people coming together around a common interest. It’s not like being a “gamer” is some core part of my very being, without which I am lesser than I was. It’s not a fundamental part of my nature as a human being.
And, yeah, like you mentioned in your other post, it’s neither the only community I participate in, nor the most important to me, nor the one I’m most active in. The same is probably true for most people who think of themselves as part of a gaming community.
I also think, and please correct me if you disagree, that you have a tendency to perceive games as trivial, as mere toys? Whereas in actuality, and I think this is reasonably well settled, they are a medium which can and sometimes does convey important, powerful things, and is worth talking about and taking seriously.
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