I recently became aware (via Twitter, where else?) of an article in The Telegraph, where one Camilla Tominey criticises grown men who play video games. Apparently adverts for the Nintendo Switch featuring adult gamers are ‘patronizing’. According to Tominey, the only adults who game won’t be found riding the Tube on their way to work. Instead they’re more likely to be whizzing around on e-scooters.
What’s truly patronizing is the idea that one’s free time requires judgement from, well, anyone. Want to play a video game? Go right ahead. It’s an activity enjoyed daily by millions of people all around the world, of various ages. There are vast communities, both online and in person, built around gaming. For many it’s a way of winding down after a stressful day. For some it’s all about said communities. Through gaming people have discovered talents for content creation and computer coding. Lifelong friendships have been made.
I dislike needless commentary on activities that don’t affect anyone else. Don’t like video games? Fine, no one is making you play if you don’t want to. Does it require your commentary? No. Is your judgement going to matter? No. It’s snobbish and pointless. It’s not going to achieve anything.