It all started a few weeks ago when I was at one of my two local GameStops. I had been there looking to pick up DOOM and the Ratchet & Clank remake for the PS4 and my experience up until then was great. I was checking the different toys they had, chatting with the employees about games they were playing, and browsing the PlayStation 4 games that they had in stock. Eventually, when I got the counter, the conversation got to virtual reality and PSVR. That’s when the manager got a disgusted look on his face and said to me, “real gamers don’t care about VR.”
This statement took me by surprise and I was frankly offended that someone who had been so friendly up until then would say something of that nature, let alone it being one of the managers. I looked at him and said with a bit of an attitude, “Excuse me? Why is that? A ‘real gamer’ won’t enjoy VR?” To this he responded, “Well yeah. Any real gamer won’t enjoy it. It’s not enjoyable and a real gamer doesn’t need something like VR to enjoy video games.”
Not wanting to argue in a public store, I simply shook my head, took my newly purchased games, and left. Needless to say I was not going to that store in the future.
This phrase stuck with me though, “Real gamers don’t care about VR.” This is a mindset that many gamers have and it has always stuck in my craw. Just because someone does not enjoy something, does not mean that others will not, especially in a case when it has been proven that many PC gamers are already loving their time with VR.
So do “real gamers” care about VR? Hell yes they do because “real gamers” don’t exist. People who enjoy video games can enjoy them any way they want. I know people that play video games every day that love VR and I know people who play just as much that don’t enjoy it. I also know people who don’t play video games that often, but think VR gaming is a very intriguing idea and vice versa. None of those opinions are wrong, but they are all perfectly valid.
There seems to be this classism in video games that has gotten completely toxic and needs to be eradicated. Yes, there are different amounts that people play video games and are invested in them, but being at the top of that mountain does not mean that your opinion is the right one, especially when it is discrediting those who disagree with you.
I understand this could come off a bit like I’m overreacting, but this piece is not a direct reaction to the event that happened at GameStop, it’s a reaction to the unneeded, toxic classism in video games that floods the internet and minds of gamers around the globe.