“You’re Not A REAL Gamer”: Exploring Gatekeeping in Gaming

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Do you consider yourself a “real gamer”? Or even a gamer at all? If yes, what do you do that makes you one? If no, why not? Is it because someone else has said you aren’t? Or you don’t think you meet the criterion? Then, who decided the criteria of who is and isn’t a “real gamer” in the first place?

Gatekeeping, according to a quick Google search, is defined as the activity of controlling, and usually limiting, general access to something. It’s a vast and deep issue in all types of communities, but it does seem to hit a little harder in gaming.

As the video gaming industry has grown over the years to become what it is today, many people still choose to actively gatekeep video games. From not playing the right games to being harassed out of a game because a person isn’t the typical player, a lot of the time, it seems to just give gamers everywhere a bad rep.

So is this all justified? What type of lengths have gatekeepers gone to hinder more people from playing? And at what point does this all become ridiculous?

The In-Group
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