You Mean Gamers Aren't All Bloodthirsty Domination Maniacs?

It's time for a video Speak-Up on Kotaku! Commenter FuzzleMail takes issue with this AlienWare commercial for depicting gamers as bloodthirsty domination maniacs.

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I hate this Alienware commercial. It's the one with the guy going all Reb Brown with the machine guns in some made up game world, then it reveals hes just way too into his laptop gaming at a coffee shop. So the tagline says "Dominate from anywhere" and for some reason it just annoys me because It makes me think...Just because I play video games does not mean I have a domination complex. I don't want to "OWN" everyone and kick in the door with duel wield bazookas and a flamethrower. I don't want to "dominate" I just want to have fun. This commercial is just another in a long line that makes people who play games look like buffoons.

Yeah if the commercial doesn't annoy you you could say I'm looking way into a simple commercial that isn't trying to make a statement and its not making a statement, it just unfortunately happens to portray such bland aspects of gaming cliches that it aggravates me.

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nventure
nate venture

Why is it that everyone who makes gaming commercials, or includes gaming in a TV show or movie, has apparently never played a game in their life? Or seen a game played?

They all seem to be under the impression that we all spasm about and wildly overreact to things happening on screen. But in reality it's all about control, coordination, and thought.

When I'm playing a game on the computer, the only things that are moving very much are my fingers on the keyboard, my mouse hand, and my eyes looking around on the screen. With console gaming it's similar, only replace keyboard and mouse hand with thumbs and fingers on a controller. I don't jerk my body around, or ever pretend that I'm in the game (even when playing "immersive" games like those on Wii, Playstation Move, etc. I'm still just being focused and only moving what's actually necessary).

THAT is why this stuff is so annoying. Because somewhere back in the 80's, some director decided it was more interesting to show those kids in the background playing games actually moving around, and since then nobody bothered to check if people actually do that. It's like if I never drove a car, then made a film where someone had to drive and just had them act it out by constantly turning the wheel from side to side. Everyone who drives would see that and get annoyed, thinking, "Wait, wtf? That's not how you drive a car at all. Are they idiots? Or do they just not care?"