How do women feel about video-games, and men who play them?

I'm a gamer; it's what I enjoy doing quite a bit. :) I've been a gamer since about the age of 9 when my mom brought home a Super Nintendo with Donkey Kong Country (BEST GAME EVER FOR THAT SYSTEM!), and from then on I was hooked. A year or so passed and we got a PlayStation 1 - MGS1, Gran Turismo, the original Tomb Raider, and Spyro... ah, fond memories. ^_^ Well anyway, for years I've always felt that everyone else hates video games and prefers outdoor/other hobbies - that there's a stigma in our culture about video games.
Household video games were kinda new in the 90's, so many kids (like myself prior) played outside/did other things (I was big into arts/crafts/drawing/legos). Now-days though, video games involve complex stories, loads of depth, character development, musical scores, life-like graphics, originality, not to mention the level of customization, and obvious interactivity.
I used to feel ashamed if a girl (or even an employer recently) asked me what I liked to do for fun, rushing over 'video games' and listing another hobby. :/ I don't feel that way anymore. :) Take Skyrim for example. Lots of girls LOVE Skyrim! The Elder Scrolls games are very much liked. Stereotypically, women enjoy reading more (?) than men (might be stretch there). Why do women (or men) enjoy reading? As for me, video games are similar to many books, both featuring of a few key elements as I listed above. There isn't a stigma about reading (as far as I've seen anyway), so why is one hobby viewed differently that the other (my perception)? I enjoy video games for many of the same reasons as to why women (generally) enjoy books - the overall plot, setting, character development, interactivity, diversity, (and other story elements). Skyrim is a good example of those qualities.

To conclude, I've grown far less ashamed of my enjoyment of video games in recent years.

Every gamer would love a spouse who's a gamer, too. :D
What are your guy's/gal's thoughts on the matter? :)
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  • I would love a gamer guy. I love playing video games.

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  • I love videos games! I read a lot as well mostly paranormal romances novels because they remind me of videos games only with romance which is like the best of both worlds to me. I fantasize both in my head the same way. The action, adventure, and romance is all so exciting! I grew up playing my older brother's Nintendo and my older sister's PlayStation they eventually made me read the directions and dialogue. Video games are actually what got me into reading I struggled with it a lot before I started playing. Now I have a 3DS and I recently started playing computer games my recent favorite Dragon Age. Skyrim is also pretty cool but it could use a deeper characters.
    I think there is a stigma because certain games can be violent and offensive which gives the rest a bad rap. There are stereotypes about reading as well especial for romance novels like they are for only lonely middle-age housewives (mommy-porn) and are not considered "real" books. Or that woman who read them have dangerous or unrealistic view of relationships. Or that romance novels are sexist. Despite how varied (over 8 sub-genres) and complex the genre has become.
    I think men who play video games are just that men that play video games. I think the stigma is changing now a days gaming is becoming more popular. Practically everyone plays games on their phones at the very least. I think it would be nice to marry a guy who plays but just because a guy plays video games dose't mean he plays the same type of video games or is even a good guy. But if the guy I liked played the video games I like that would be really freaking awesome.

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  • I personally look for someone that is a gamer since I am one. I love playing games on the PC yay steam lol I also like Nintendo but I don't really consider that as huge "gamer" type guy. Unless they are recording speed tests. I personally don't fit in with my co workers because I like games and they like drinking and getting shit faced. We don't have much in common. If the guy I like is a gamer we will have stuff in common but also be able to play together and make more memories.

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  • Personally, I am EXTREMELY biased because video games are my main hobby. Video games are the best hobby to have. Ever. And if a guy likes video games and is willing to play them with me, I automatically like them a lot more.

    (Skyrim is still my favorite game, omg, yes. I loved killing guards with Mehrune's Razor. So many wonderful screenshots. Anyways...)

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  • I don't play games... But I did when I was younger :D but now I don't because I suck at it!! :( only play like Facebook games like candy crush but I don't even play that no more either lol. But if a guy can play games and is good at it! That's greatttt

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    • it's ok ill have you play Smash Bros then totally pick on you cause you suck lol :P

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    • The only game Im good at is mortal kombat haha! So action? @toad-1

    • ok... and do you have any gaming consoles, like the wii u or ps4 or ps3? xbox?

  • I enjoy video games. I suck at them at first but i learn fast, especially if they're first shooter games and I always have fun playing them. So playing with my guy is fun and something we can do together, unless he plays games I just really don't understand such as computer games. Im a console girl. Anyways. It only becomes a problem when thats all he wants to do and won't do anything else with me. Like go outside. It sounds silly but I dated a guy for 2 years who was like that. Sooo yea. no never again.

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    • Right, as with anything, balance is important. I'd love to go on nature walks with my gamer girlfriend (if she exists ;-;). Enjoy the outdoors for awhile, grab some lunch, then back to the house for a movie, more games, or something else. :)

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    • Well I know that most girls enjoy cuddling, so that probably isn't an issue. Now if she doesn't like chocolate... she might not like brownies haha.

    • Ha, indeed. :)

  • I love video games myself but I wouldn't want to date anyone that have to play it like 3 hours a day, it is all cool if we can play games together otherwise.

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  • Anything Nintendo I can kick butt. Game cube was my life growing up! Is it weird though that I don't like playing shooter games but I could watch someone play for hours?

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    • I probably speak for a lot of men when I say: "That's good enough!" At least watching us shows you wanna at least have a passive interest in it.

    • Haha I used to sit in my brother's room and watch him play halo, skyrim, left 4 dead, and tons of other games. I still prefer to play super smash bros and Luigi's haunted mansion though!

    • Cool. :) Other than the original Super Mario Bros. (and 2 and 3), that's where Nintendo ended for me. We got a PlayStation in 1997. :)

  • I play video games myself, but I also limit the time I play. Playing without limits is something I don't perceive right; also I see obsession towards them as not good.

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  • Awesome, I love playing them and my boyfriend is a gamer :)

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  • I love video games and I find guys who are gamers attractive because its an interest we have in common. Who wouldn't want a SO they could game with?

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  • I love games, if a guy likes them it just means more fun for both of us lol

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  • I love video games.

    I am currently obsessed with GTA 5.

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  • I like gamers

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  • I don't look at it like an attractive quality (nor unattractive) but rather something we have in common :D League of Legends all the way

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  • personally i like girls who play video-games since i'm a gamer as well...

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