Despite the fact that gaming as a subculture has defined its own personality over the years, developed a community of millions, and has proven itself to be the past-time of stable and well-adjusted individuals there are still plenty of stigmas about it that can cause awkward social situations. Because of this, a majority of video game fanatics will shy away from revealing themselves until they’re pretty confident they’re amongst like-minded peers.

Fake gamers are interested in the hobby as a social status, either because they desperately want to be part of a group or because they’re fascinated with the idea of being part of something that’s not mainstream. With those motives as the root of the hobby, most fake gamers will overly proclaim their fandom, screaming it from rooftops at any opportunity because validation from the outside is what they really seek. I’m not suggesting that every single person who wears a Space Invaders themed t-shirt is projecting more than embodying, but it’s these sorts of things that show an obsession with the presentation of their subcultural attachments.

However, it’s these same people who will constantly try and prove their authenticity by baselessly defending their hobby rather than quietly enjoying it like they should. Only people who are insecure about their outward projection need to constantly reassert themselves and their position by challenging non-gamers by pointlessly bringing up minute trivia, throwing up barriers to entry, or judging others for how legitimately interested in the hobby they are.

Hey, wait a second, why does that sound so familiar?