Gaming in the World and People’s Perceptions

It's a small world after all.. It's a small world after all.. I can keep going..

Ok, so this post is more looking for feedback from other people than my own thoughts. Mostly I am just curious how gaming is viewed in other countries.

In America role-playing is viewed as something only socially awkward people with hygiene problems engage in. Not to mention the Calvanistic Puritan heritage of our country has spurned a wonderful view that role-playing is the handy work of the devil and by playing he is sucking out our dear little souls to nibble on, much like Nilla Wafers, while working on his next diabolical scheme.. Oh you crafty devil.. you need milk for those tasty Wafers!

So what is the view point of gaming in other countries? Does it have a negative, positive, or no real connotation held to it?

Thanks for taking the time to share with me and readers!

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I am a History major attending a community college until I can get more financial aid and attend a four year school. I am living in NJ with my girlfriend who is currently wrapping up on obtaining her PhD in Toxicology. I love Star Wars, Role-playing, video games, working out, reading, writing, and hanging with my girlfriend, dog (Perfect), and two kittens (Birch and Brambles). My main focus on this site will be my discussion of Role-playing games and ideas and hopefully contribute something worth a damn. View all posts by wrathofzombie

3 responses to “Gaming in the World and People’s Perceptions

  • R2R

    Gaming is Russia is considered neutral hobby, kinda nerdish one, but nothing really bad. Some people may think that roleplayers don’t have real life or aren’t grown-up, but now tabletop RP is more respected and “normal” than, say, 10 years ago, thanks to wider spreading of fantasy boarggames and CCGs.

  • Chuck

    From what I can from outside, Europe has a pretty healthy gaming environment. and some healthy and active communities. For example, look at Stargazer’s Wolrd. He’s German. And Dungeonslayers is a German game. I’ve heard that’s there a very active community in Scandinavia.

  • Morten Greis

    I am from Denmark, and here roleplaying is common, and it is generally considered a creative albeight slightly nerdy hobby, though many of the players cannot be considered nerds at all.
    Most people however associate roleplaying with LARP rather than Pen and Paper, and as LARP it is one of the major outdoor activities for children this last decade.
    Also since much roleplaying developed in Denmark is structured freeform somewhere between live, P&P and Parlor Games, it can be a bit tricky with definitions.

    But in general roleplaying has a positive view as a creative and recreative hobby for children and young people, and the LARP-activities is supported by their parents. Some churches has begun using roleplaying as a tool for teaching and/or children and young people, some schools use it – and we even have a roleplaying bording school, which uses roleplaying as a teaching technique (Østerskov efterskole). A chain of supermarkets even sold buffer-weapons in a periode (however of too low quality).
    The community is very active, and presently it is great to be a roleplayer in DK 🙂

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