What does it actually mean to identify yourself as a gamer? What do the non-gamers of the world think of us? Does it matter?
I identify myself as a hardcore gamer. To me that means "playing a lot of games and keeping up with every bit of gaming news." But that also means a lot of stereotypes are thrown your way.
Every December, Spike TV has the Video Game Awards. And even though I watch them, there are always some cringe worthy moments. Moments where I think "oh god, this is how the rest of the world see us." Prime example this past year, that ranty blogger who they gave way too much time to. I know we gamers can be quite the angry bunch. But, I don't think showcasing a person who acts like they really have a few screws loose is a good idea. Especially when every few months some pseudo-scientific study tries to warn the world about how video games makes people violent.
Identifying yourself as a hardcore gamer also seems to imply you hate casual games and the people who play them. While I may joke a lot about being a "gaming snob," I certainly don't hate quality casual games or the people who play them more than they play RPGs or FPSs. (But, I will never consider Farmville and its long list of clones "games")
And apparently identifying yourself as a gamer means you have no social life, job, family, or offline friends.
Of course, these gaming stereotypes are all nonsense. But when year after year, the mainstream media decides to parade around the worst, while ignoring the diversity and creativity of the rest of the gaming community, it doesn't help.