Created By: Strife89 on June 19, 2011 Last Edited By: Strife89 on May 10, 2015

Gamer Food

A situation where a stereotypical person is eating food that conforms to that stereotype.

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Many works depict various types of people - as well as what those people eat. Now, normally, this is all well and good. Sometimes, though, it gets a little out of hand; all "serious" gamers, for example, might be found stuffing their face with soda (Mountain Dew, if they're using brands) and chips, for example.

Do we have this one already?

Examples

Film

  • In Toy Story 2, Al (of Al's toy barn) can be seen eating some sort of cheese puff snack while watching television, complete with orange fingers. [[hottip:Note:Okay, I didn't check the movie. I'm combining a weak memory with the first comment on this YKTTW.]]
  • In Zombieland, Columbus can be seen surrounded by pizza boxes and bottles of Mountain Dew, all while playing World of Warcraft.

Western Animation

  • A South Park episode features the boys playing World of Warcraft for hours on end, eating assorted junk foods and gaining noticeable poundage. [[hottip:Note:Again, I'm only going by the comment.]]
Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • June 19, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • The geeky toy collector in the second Toy Story movie was all about those orange cheese puffs that stain your fingers. I'm not sure they represented a specific brand, though -- they might not have, as he was an antagonist. Product Placement prefers protagonists.
  • June 19, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In the South Park episode where they are playing World Of Warcraft the boys all gain about 50 pounds each from eating junk while playing all day & all night.
  • June 19, 2011
    Arivne
    Gamers are also known for eating pizza.
  • June 20, 2011
    AFP
    Pretty much any kind of easy-to-eat junk food or delivery food that doesn't require a lot of effort to make is open game for this trope. Can be Truth In Television if someone is obsessive enough about a job or pasttime not to want to take the time to prepare a "real" meal, or at least a healthier one. If someone is a stay-at-home type or a Basement Dweller, they might scarf down pizza and doritos, while drinking some kind of soda or energy beverage. If they are a midnight oil-burning office worker, you can expect to see them chowing down on Chow Mein and drinking coffee.

    Related to Drink Order, to some extent or another (depending on how we play the trope.)
  • June 20, 2011
    robybang
    Hot Pockets are generally considered gamer food because they can be eaten one handed.
  • June 20, 2011
    jaytee
    Honestly, I think this should be less about which foods gamers eat and more about seeing a gamer sitting at their computer zombie-like, eating junk food. Otherwise, we end up with a list of anyone who could be considered a geek eating anything that could be considered geeky, which is not a useful list.
  • June 20, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • The protagonist boy (whose location nickname eludes me) in Zombieland had a Wo W screen, surrounded by empty pizza boxes and Mountain Dew bottles.
  • June 21, 2011
    jaytee
    ^Columbus, right?
  • June 21, 2011
    AFP
    Yep, Columbus.
  • June 22, 2011
    Strife89
    jaytee: That was actually the main intention. Sorry if it came across the wrong way.

    I need to stop being lazy and add these examples to the main draft. ._.
  • June 22, 2011
    jaytee
    ^No problem. I figured as much, but a lot of the examples coming in are just "Gamers eat x" instead of "There's x scene where gamers are shown camped in front of their computers eating."

    Changing the title/laconic might help (they both seem to imply that it's about what food it is being eaten rather than the general gamer-eating trope.
  • June 23, 2011
    Unknown Troper
    Okay, I replaced the laconic.

    EDIT: This one's been festering for a few days now. Any suggestions on what to do?
  • May 8, 2015
    theTamer
    Doritos and Mountain Dew are stereotypical foods (mainly from marketing.)
  • May 8, 2015
    Hodor2
    • In one episode of Izombie, Liv eats the brain of the Victim Of The Week who was an agoraphobic gamer and The Cracker. As a result, she gets into gaming and starts eating a lot of Cheetos and drinking lots of energy drink.
  • May 8, 2015
    TheKingsRaven
    I think the page picture should be replaced with the Dewrito Pope.
  • May 8, 2015
    Rjinswand
    ^^^ I thought they were the stereotypical food of game journalists? :)
  • May 8, 2015
    chicagomel
    One CSI has a dead gamer who ate a lot of chips and pizza, all while never leaving the TV during a tournament. He was poisoned by someone who slipped something in his drink.
  • May 8, 2015
    sablesword
    Real Life:
    • The sandwich, invented by John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, so that he could eat while continuing to play cards. Possibly the Ur Example
  • May 10, 2015
    MetaFour
    Advertising:
    • Mountain Dew plays into the stereotype with a variety named "Gamer Fuel". They only release it for a limited time every few years, and each time it's a promotional tie-in for some video game.

    Webcomics:
    • Referenced in Homestuck. Dave and his Bro both play the video game Mad Snacks Yo, a Tony Hawks Pro Skater-esque game where bags of Doritos are the powerups.
  • May 10, 2015
    Snicka
    How about Gamers Eat Junk Food, as a more clear trope name? Also, the laconic is way too broad (implying that national stereotypes eat their stock national food, etc.).
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