September 22, 2010
I made up a new word!
"Platformism": To discriminate or otherwise put down another person for playing video games on a different platform than yourself.
You humans have this inherent need to find any reason to claim that you're better than someone else. I blame American culture and media which pressures men into being tough, strong, alpha males. Those kind of men win battles. Those kind of men get rich. Those kind of men get the girl in the end.
I've noticed that this craving for domination has extended to video gaming, especially in male players. Gamers will claim that they are better than someone else because they own console X while their victim owns console Y or PC Z. Guess what boys...it doesn't mean a damn thing.
Nothing. Absolutely nothing. And it's exactly like saying that you are better than someone else because your skin is lighter or darker or your eyes are blue instead of brown. These factors don't make you any better than anyone else. They just make you different. These are VIDEO GAMES we're talking about. Just games! They don't mean that you are smarter, tougher, more ethical, or more talented than the guy sitting next to you.
In fact, turn whatever person is near you right now and say to them, "I am a better human being than you because I play video games on (your console of choice)."
Note the confused pause, then the chuckle. It clearly expresses: "That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard."