To the outside world Gamers are seen as one great unified group of basement dwelling, junk food eating people (at least that was the original stereotype). But as gaming has become more popular that view has shifted somewhat, however one stereotype has remained unchanged. The fact that we are one people, one unified group. Sadly that is not always the case, there is division in the gaming community.
1) The Console War:
Perhaps the largest ongoing conflict to plague the gaming community. In the Battle of The Four Armies we have the: PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo and PC waging war. From the outside all consoles look the same but to gamers there are often strong opinions on which is the best. This conflict is fuelled by the competition of the console companies, constantly waging war with console after console being used like cannon fodder with shiny new looks and new specs, and with console exclusive games trying to drag gamers to their side in the fight without end. PC is slightly different, with their fight being led by the PC gamers themselves with no single company to represent them.
2) Casual Vs Hardcore Gamers:
With the increased popularity in gaming a new group has emerged, the so-called Casuals who stick to their mobile games and the most popular titles only racking up a few hours on their games (nothing like the 1000 hours achieved by Hardcore gamers). In this fight, it seems the Hardcore gamers are the ones feeling under threat by this invading force of Casuals. The Hardcore gamers are there with pitchforks raised high in an angry mob.
3) Genre Wars:
The least obvious of the divisions in our community is the genre wars, the conflicts between gamers based upon the type of games they play and which ones they see as inferior. Here is where the most divisions can be found, you have the Fifa gamers, the FPS gamers, the RPG gamers and then you have the smaller divisions, the CoD gamers Vs the Battlefield gamers being the best example. Here the fight is more based on the type of game you play, multiplayer or single player? FPS or Minecraft? It is here that brand loyalty fans the flames of war.
Belonging is a part of human nature, people like to feel as though they belong and often will pick a side even within a community that shares a single interest (football teams for example). As a PC gaming, single player playing, avid gamer I have felt the pull to place my flag and fight for one side or the other. We all have opinions and we all have preferences. I would love to see a time when these divisions are healed but that would be unrealistic. I do believe however that gamers could end these conflicts and keep their current views and opinions just avoiding the need to argue and compete.
The fact is our community is growing, more people than ever are playing games and with that popularity comes increased attention from the rest of society and the media. We need more than ever to show society that we are welcoming community, that we are diverse with different views but can come together. Through the bloggers I have encountered here I am pleased to have found a community of blogging gamers who focus less on the conflicts in our community and more on their interests and posts that inform and entertain us all.