26% of adults think that video games are a waste of time.
There's this terrible social stigma around gamers and people who enjoy the hobby and, honestly, there's no one else to blame but the people who play video games. Gamers, myself included, are shitty people. So why would anyone ever take what we do as something worthwhile or valuable?
It's not the same as reading a book. Or watching a movie. Or watching television. Or going outside to ride a bike. Or going to a bar and socializing. It's a solitary hobby that, really, just isolates the people who play from the people who don't play video games.
It's fine if you're one of those people, like myself, who want to try to convince people that games are something worth playing. That they all aren't about shooting stuff. But who wants to talk about that? Not the majority of people who play video games, that's for sure. Most people want to talk about the shooting of guns and jumping over explosions or something. That's fine and great. There's nothing wrong with that.
Maybe, though, there's something wrong with the way we approach video games as something more than just a waste of time. Admitting that they are is the first step we all need to take. Even though I love video games, I love what they've done for me and how they've connected me with family, I'm tired of trying to defend what I like doing as something as more than what people view it.
Before video games, I grew up listening to punk music and skateboarding. And both of those scenes are constantly looked down upon. And my approach as a young rebellious teenager was to just say, "fuck what other people think". People can think what they want. I'm not going to argue with them. Instead I'm going to enjoy what I enjoy and let them waste their breath on something they believe to be a waste of time.