So I had this happen to me today and I reckon many of you could probably relate.
After work, I decided to use my Christmas money that I hadn't spent up to now to spend it on some credit for PSN at my workplace.
Some of my colleagues were present (besides the one who served me of course :P) and they were all too eager to tell me what a waste of money it was.
"You could put it in a savings account" "You could buy new trainers" "You could do *insert random thing here* with it." Safe to say I was rather puzzled about the attitude towards this (they clearly weren't joking).
Obviously it goes without saying that none of them are gamers and I don't expect them to fully understand it but when it goes to the extent of being pretty much judgemental about it, I have to wonder why, really?
What *isn't* a waste of money? Food, drink, household bills, arguably things like internet and car fuel/insurance etc. even though you don't literally need them but beyond that, IDK?
Some people decide to spend their money on going out boozing every Friday night (or even almost every night). Fine if you want to do that (I never could get into the whole partying thing much as I tried in my late teens) but how is that any less (or more) of a waste of money?
Some would say: "oh but you meet people and socialise". Well, if you go to a pub or bar, possibly but try talking to people in a nightclub and see how far you get!
Some would probably argue you have some good memories from those times and I'm sure you do...assuming you don't have some other random arsehole who's drunk as well smash your head with a beer bottle because they think you're coming onto their partner or something like that.
How does this differ from gaming exactly? I can talk to people online if I want (and indeed speak to many of you awesome people on this site)
and I have some really good memories of the many games I've played in the 3 decades I've been on this planet (sounds better than 30 years)
Equally, I could meet a random troll or play a game that's not as good and have just as bad a memory of that. See what I mean? No different in principle as far as I'm concerned!
Some people collect stamps or cards, I don't do that and don't particularly understand it (at least stamps, used to collect Pokemon cards as a kid) but so bloody what? They enjoy it, that's all that counts!
Same with people (and I *really* don't get this) who follow every last shred of celebrity news and read all the gossip mags. I can't imagine anything more banal than that but honestly, who cares, really?
I think most of us do have our own thoughts on a lot of things and them being a waste of time and that's perfectly normal, the problem, to me, comes when you start openly casting judgement on people imo.
I know they don't mean any harm to me by it and this isn't meant as a dig at them per se, just something that got me thinking.
It's probably just as well I haven't told them about my trophy obsession.
They were right about one thing, though. I could use a new pair of trainers. The problem? I HATE clothes shopping, any time I go into a clothes shop with that goal in mind, I'll look at them and think: "that's nice! That's nice! Yeah, that's alright, I suppose!" and then walk out empty-handed! XD
At the end of the day, I'm not spending money I don't have on my hobby and if there are more important things I need to spend it on, then I will do so. I really don't see the problem, personally.
On a side-note, however, I would ideally like to broaden my horizons a bit and do other things besides gaming (as that to be fair *is* more or less all I do besides work, of course) but as some of you know from a previous blog, my track record with people is not the best so that doesn't encourage me to meet them!
In any case, I'll wrap it up here. Thanks for reading that ramble if you did!
So have you ever had something along these lines happen to you, be it for gaming or any other hobby you may have and what did you think about it? I would love to hear from you in the comments!