-disclaimer: This article is tongue in cheek, so please don't take it too seriously.-
We all know or have been "that guy" in the gaming group. Sweaty, unclean band tee-shirts, the unwashed 2ft long hair, the famous "gamerstench" following you around in a kind of teenage green cloud. Why is The Gamer like this? I think we can pinpoint it down to three main reasons:
1) A lack of self esteem or confidence
2) A lack of ethic to change or make things better in his/her life.
3) A lust for knowledge about their own certain gaming pursuit in the hope that through that they can attain the prestige/acknowledgement that they crave and probably deserve.
So internets, I know I make a bit of a song and dance about the HIMYM -praise be Saint Stinson- lifestyle but that is both tongue in cheek -to raise the kind of campness/undeserved sense of achievement of this blog - and a serious statement. As I have said in a previous article, we gamers are mostly categoriesed socially as smelly metalheads who will grow up to live in their mother's basement and never feel the gentle touch of the opposite sex .-or rough...you know- So in writing CSNS I consciously made the decision to promote the "opposite" idea of the gamer, a successful, well dressed, finely refined human being. So in honour of this tremendous day let's explore that side of what a gamer can be.
-on a serious note guys, this is part funny part an actual observation. I see people every day who were like me or countless other gamers I know, showing that lack of confidence and general idleness when it comes to changing that. Whilst this article aims to make you laugh, I hope in some funny way it can help someone with a lack of confidence to come out of that typical "The Gamer" steriotype and help themselves become a bit more successful at life AND in the game-
Step 1: Get Self Confidence Back
Lession 1: Lose the Goatee it doesn't go with your suit
Lesson 2: Get a suit...suits are cool.
Meet The Gamer:
|Note, the sad eyes, unkep appearance and the unzipped fly...|
Well I have news for you sir.
|"What news Mr DaveHowitzer man?"|
-disclaimer; now as you know I'm an advocate of suiting up, and for the rest of this article I will be using it as a term to describe a change in appearance aka. dressing in a suit. However if you feel a suit isn't you YOU ARE WRONG a suit is for everyone-
-further disclaimer: seriously though, if you don;t fancy suiting up, just start small, maybe with a plain white tee shirt? Cut that long hair? Wash?-
-further, further disclaimer; seriously though...suits...-
|Note, the awesome.|
This isn't about changing YOU, no-one should change to suit everybody else. This is about being confident enough to go out and strut your stuff and say, "You know what, maybe I'm not as bad at this as I thought."
Be confident, be happy. Be the devastatingly handsome guy you actually are!
Step 2: Get That Work Ethic Back...and get off the internet you dumb ****
Ok this next step is twofold; first is getting that ethic to change your life/habbits for the better and the second is how much pride you have in yourself and your lifestyle. Let's deal with the work ethic first.
By a work ethic I mean having the drive to do something that will change how you work, and in that I suppose I mean taking pride in you, your space at home and -regarding wargaming here- taking pride in your hobby. Playing a game is NOT a shameful thing. Everyone has a hobby, you are no different than that guy who goes home and plays FIFA or the guy that goes and plays Basketball. It's all what we do to enjoy ourselves so take some pride in what you do. First thing's first, your gaming area. Say "Hey" to The Gamer again:
|"Why does this internet guy hate me so?"|
Organization is what you need my friend! Sometimes something as simple as a tidy up can be the key to getting that motivation to do something awesome. I tell you seeing wood is a great thing. -the wood on the desk...obviously...-
|Note the cleanliness, the cocktail shaker and the bible...|
Black/Grey unpainted models. Now some people say, "If I want to play with that I can." I don't disagree with that, I think if you want to play an unpainted army that's fine. However, in my mind you can't take much pride in it. You are playing an unpainted army because you are playing for the win, not because you enjoy the army, Mr Flavour-of-the-month. Now some might say you play with an unpainted army because you don't have time to paint and you are CORRECT to say that. The difference is however you, Mr Busy have started painting it and should (and hopefully are) doing just as much as you can, maybe even a model a week. Even though you have very little time you are PAINTING your army, and in terms of pride, that is on a par with playing a PAINTED army.
|Well...it's a legal army...|
However. This does NOT give you the right to be an ass. You must balance your newfound confidence and pride in what you do with restraint. Come on who really want's to alienate friends, not because you are a gamergeek, but because you are, "that guy who thinks he's better than everyone".
Step 3: Researchabaloo = Hellz no
Now lets quickly deal with the blogsphere. As you all know fromt he likes of Twitter/Facebook and our lovely Gaming Blogsphere many, many hours of the day can be spent in front of the screen. Now that's fine. But moderation guys. How can you possibly go out and meet your friends (or members of the opposite sex) if you are constantly online. Look, it's driven The Gamer insane!
|Do you need any more?|
|The Successful Gamer is Successful|