Pichu-kun on Dec 5th 2018 at 4:52:07 AM
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Pichu-kun on Dec 7th 2018 at 8:00:24 PM
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If an adult likes video games, then this signifies a certain childish quality about the character. This can range from being "in touch with your inner child" or being a little immature to being an outright manchild. The older a character is, the more negatively their gaming will be portrayed as. It's fine to be an energetic Gamer Chick in your early twenties, but it gets pathetic when you're still gaming into your mid-thirties.
As a result, there's a lot of overlap with a lot of similar "nerdy medias". Comic and cartoon fans are similarly associated with being childish due to the Animation Age Ghetto.
This trope is largely due to video games being a mainly child's medium until the mid-1990s. Early games like Pong and Pac-Man were popular (or even aimed at) general audiences, but by the mid-1980s video games had become "for kids". Kids have more free-time to focus on games and (aside from sports due to their competive nature) it's seen as a sign of maturity when kids stop playing games, video or otherwise. With their bright graphics, video games were mainly marketed at children and later teenagers. Adult gamers existed but it was a niche thing. The introduction of the ESRB and other similar ratings put a dent in this train of thought by clearly showcasing that not all games were intended for ten year olds. Since then, gaming has become a mainstream part of society. Thanks in heavy part due to the Wii and mobile Casual Games, gaming has grown acceptable amongst all age demographics, even including seniors.
As a result, this is becoming a Discredited Trope. However, there's still a stigma against gaming a lot as an adult. Depending on how much time the character spends gaming, it can turn from just "normal" behavior into being childish nerdiness.
- In "Penelope" by Zak Waters, the protagonist pines after his childhood crush and babysitter. He wishes to see her again now that he's eighteen. One sign of his maturity is that he no longer plays video games.
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