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July 26, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Our diversity makes us strong while a passion for video games unites us all

Most of my gaming experiences are during the era in which "multi player games" involved getting together with friends - in the same room. Food and joysticks were shared and everyone had a blast playing games and catching up. As a kid these scenarios often took place as all-nighters at sleepovers and as an adult my couches and floor were full of friends. It's a great way to play that has been greatly eroded by the online multiplayer model.

The advent of high-speed Internet connections has given way to playing with your friends online - not in the same room. The internet also gives the illusion of anonymity which some people hide behind in order to release their inner self-loathing. It's become so pervasive, that studies are now being conducted to validate the notion that trolls are in fact, losers. We didn't require a study to prove that, but it's always good to be able to back up such claims with data.

Gamers come in all shapes, sizes, and types. Diversity among gamers is what makes us interesting. We gain new perspectives from folks that have differing experiences. This notion should be celebrated among any group of people. Learning makes us grow and we tend to learn a lot from those who bring us new ideas.

I think social media has made us less social when it comes to face-to-face socializing. Typing is not the best form of socializing. Get out there, meet new people and tell them about the amazing games they'd be playing if they were retro gaming!

Bailey Jay - gamer If you don't know Bailey Jay, catch up with her on Twitter. She tweets about gaming now & then and seems like the kind of person I'd love to play 8-bit Atari games with. Never a dull moment with this one!

Bailey Jay - gamer

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