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Stansberry’s Gamer Manifesto

Before I begin my manifesto, let it be known that I myself am not a “gamer”. Also, while I’ve played video games myself I do not necessarily like seeing friends or family spend hours on end gaming. I’ve watched my brother become addicted to video games and be adversely effected in most ways possible. That being said, I understand why some choose to live more time in a virtual world and here is my manifesto for them:

Mentioning that you’re a “gamer” almost can instantly bring negative thoughts to many that choose not to coexist in the real and virtual gaming world.
First thoughts are always stereotypical- Overweight, socially awkward, junk food eating middle aged boy still living with his parents.
But… “Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes”.
Gamers are often bored with the real life environment. Everyday challenges bore them because anyone can accomplish them, and many already have. How many have single-handedly accomplished a life/world saving mission?
Everyone likes purpose.
Gamers are just like everyone else, they’ve just found purpose in a virtual world, one greater than that given to them in real life.
Maybe the problem isn’t gamers;
The problem is the low expectations we’ve set for every kid born on earth.
We need to take a hold of our youth, examine their strengths and motivate them to exploit their God given talents.
Our potential is untapped as a society, which is proven by gamer culture.
Gamers seek duty, lets put our trust in them.

Online Racial Stereotyping


Another news story about racial profiling was on the news. Another article written about the racial stereotyping online. The African Americans are the ones stealing and robbing places, the Latinos are the ones dealing drugs, and they are both killing people.

They’re all alike (The Mentor).

“I do not know of any other time in history when there was greater need for political unity to confront effectively the dominations of ‘race’, ‘gender’, ‘sexuality’, and ‘class’.” (Haraway Pg.7).

Video games are a big cause of this racial stereotyping.

Young boys and sometimes girls are the ones to play these games.

“Approximately 80% of video game programmers are white, about 4% of designers are Latino, and less than 3% are Black” (Jones).

Clearly white people’s perspective on other races is not as subtle as they think.

We need to be the ones to help change the racism.

Change the perspective that all of the white people are “all alike.”

Our generation may not be like the older generations, but we have the ability to change how people treat others. There is a “need for unity” (Haraway Pg.5) to bring all races together to prove that the stereotypes are not always true.

Yes, there are times when the stereotypes are true and that could be due to the online information that is presented to children and young adults but it is up to us to be the change!

It’s pathetic how parents let their children grow into racist adults.

We can stop this racism, be heroes, and change lives.

One step at a time.