Video Game Snobbery; Leave it Behind

Video Game Snobbery; Leave it Behind

There’s an odd sense of snobbery going around at the moment. People are looking down at others for playing certain video games, and for once, it’s not Call of Duty. It’s a video game franchise that has helped craft many fond memories for a whole plethora of people, a staple for many childhoods all over the world–Pokemon.

Nintendo’s super grind in cunning disguise has finally taken the leap to full 3D, and people are all caught up in the Pokemon world once more. The franchise has been an ever-present force in the industry since the mid ’90s with various entries over the years taking on many forms, one of which (oddly) being pinball. It’s a juggernaut of a franchise that seemingly holds endless relevance and appeal, even though the main Pokemon line has taken baby steps in terms of progression. But the core gameplay, however, has always been addictive.

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The recent releases of Pokemon X & Y have seen the franchise’s biggest progression, as well as strengthening the 3DS’ lineup of games. The 3D perspective is a pretty big deal; Pokemon has finally embraced the one thing fans have been asking for. Of course, there have been various other significant changes to the franchise over the years, but the biggest by far is the transition from 2D to 3D. Unsurprisingly, Pokemon fans of old have returned to the franchise to see the Pokeverse in a whole new way.

Unfortunately, the returning fans–now in their late teens and beyond–have become victims of snobbery, mainly down to the new wave of video game fans this generation has bred. In a world where serious, gritty video games are mega-sellers (at least in the Western world), some see Pokemon–and most Nintendo titles–as childish and no longer relevant in today’s video game world. And it’s perhaps the height of ignorance to dismiss something, especially an interactive media form such as video games, based purely on its themes.

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Seeing and hearing people try to put down others for playing Pokemon is a highly frustrating experience. The very purpose of video games at their core is, and always has been, to have fun and enjoyment. So for it to be a source of entertainment for people to belittle others due to their choice of gaming preferences is incredibility narrow-sighted.

At the end of the day, everyone has their choices and preferences. Some like to shoot faceless terrorists in a modern setting, while others like to learn the basics of becoming arm chair generals. Heck, some people even like to look after a digital plot of land. But the fact that people have all these different tastes, most which are catered for, is a testament to how diverse video games have became.

The divisions between people who like video games and those who love them are becoming increasingly clearer, but this does not justify insulting and belittling anyone. If Pokemon is so ‘immature,’ then surely a dime-a-dozen game of toy solders (any given modern military FPS), cops and robbers (GTA), or play fighting (Marvel Vs Capcom) are just as immature?

The point is it doesn’t matter–it’s all about the fun. Let’s leave the snobbery behind and appreciate video games for what they do and what they are aiming to be.

Sean Halliday


3 Comments

  1. Parko
    October 28, 2013, 11:50 pm

    I agree, it’s all about (and should be all about) the fun, but you’re right: snobbery is taking over the video game world, and it’s getting old.

    • Sean Halliday
      October 29, 2013, 1:06 am

      It’s quite disappointing people are willing to dismiss games that aren’t ‘mature’. Perhaps people struggle to discuss difference in terms of taste, i don’t really know

  2. Epke
    November 6, 2013, 5:58 am

    Real men are into digimon not pokemon :P

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