Sometimes as gamers, we need a reminder of our bad habits. Prolonged gaming can impact your health. Taking some time to go outside, catch some sun and do some exercise is a good idea. But, modeling a horrific vision of the ‘future gamer’ is a terrible way of imparting that message.
An online casino company, CasinoOnline.CA, recently created a sculpture of what gamers will supposedly become in 20 years. This ‘study’ lacks any medical basis at all and seems to be an extremist view of what ‘could’ happen.
Coming from an online casino of all places, this sculpture was a terrible idea.
I get the idea that gaming addiction can be a problem. It has been an issue for a long time. It’s also true that some gamers, myself included, probably need to get out and exercise a bit more often. But making a ridiculous, sensationalist model of the ‘Future Gamer’ is the worst way of imparting that message.
The company behind this didn’t think about what sort of message this was sending. They’re a company that makes their money from people sitting around all day playing gambling games online.
You probably won’t be shocked to hear that this ‘Future Gamer’ model has drawn ire from gamers. Folks over on Twitter weren’t pleased with this outdated stereotype. One user even called it “generalization at its most pathetic,” which is pretty on the nose if you ask me.
Long periods of gaming alone do not contribute to these issues. Gaming only becomes a problem if it’s all you’re doing. If you’re spending 8 hours a day playing video games, then going outside in the sunshine for another 4, then you’re probably going to be fine.
Let’s face it; this ‘Future Gamer’ model is more cringe-inducing than that old ‘how to spot a gamer’ t-shirt ever was.
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This article was edited by Aaron Weaver.