A new study put forward by IGN Entertainment and Ipsos MediaCT found that gamers are actually more sociable than non-gamers.

The best part:

Gamers are twice as likely to go out on dates as nongamers in a given month

I’m glad this goes against the stereotype that gamers are fat mouth-breathers. I personally have been attracted to gamers are all along; they’re fun people! What’s not to love? It’s so fun getting a good frag on the guy you’re crushing on. Perhaps the most romantic, self-less behaviour, though, would be when a guy acts as your personal medic haha ^^ (Of course taking turns is the nice thing to do.)

ars technica: Study squashes myth of gamer as antisocial Comic Book Guy

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It is pretty exciting that the organizers have selected Canada as the location for the 2009 Games Convention.

This year over 200,000 people attended the convention in Leipzig, Germany. Having the Games Convention in Canada will be a great step in validating our role in the video games industry; we not only have some great publishers, but lots of 1337 gamers, too!

It shouldn’t come as a big surprise, though. After all, what else are we supposed to do when it gets cold?

CBC: Summary of 2008 Games Convention

Kotaku: 2009 Games Convention

I was busy volunteering this past weekend, so I wasn’t able to get out to any of the lan parties that took place around where I live. I miss my lan friends, and I haven’t been to a lan party since March, so I’m feeling symptoms of withdrawal!

For those of you who haven’t had the chance to go to a LAN party yet- it stands for local area network, and it’s a big gathering of nerds where everyone brings their computers and gets their game on!

I find that LAN parties are an awesome way to meet a group of people who you know automatically share many similar interests with you. In day to day life I find it hard to meet people who play the same fps games that I do, and whenever I bring it up I usually get looks of disbelief.

At the March lan, though, there were still a couple incidents of disbelief. I wore my t-shirt that my friends had bought me for my birthday that said “Girls play cs, too” and one guy still asked me “Do you actually play cs?” I had to try really hard to keep my composure, because I felt like rofl-ing.

You really see every type of gamer at these kinds of parties. You will have your griefer– a big asshole who likes to ruin other people’s fun, and somehow they will drag you into the middle of it, and you will be having such a good time that you won’t realize what you have become. At one LAN a bunch of us went onto a server and meow’d until we either got kicked or banned. “What is with the cats?!”

On the opposite end of the spectrum you have the rager who screams at everyone, because nothing is ever their fault. This person is the least fun to be around. The only upside is that they give everyone else a laugh for looking like a complete tool.

The ringer is the best person to talk to if you are trying to improve your game. This person knows all of the strats and is the resident pwner-er. When they’re not playing the game they tend to be very quiet, so you’d have no idea what they’re truly capable of. Meeting this kind of person is like finding a dollar in your pocket- a very nice surprise.

The creeper is possibly the worst kind of gamer for a gamer girl to run into (yes the genders can be reversed, but I’m speaking from my personal experience). The creeper is not even a real gamer; he has no friends or girlfriend, so he goes to the lan as if it was his mecca. The creeper will sit next to your computer while you try to game, and he will stare at you as if he was a turret in Portal, “I see you!” When you get up to “go to the washroom” he will take photos of you, and he will treasure them always. You might try to enlist your gamer friends for support, but he will inevitably creep them, too.

The non-gamer gamer has the best rig (or fragwagon) there. The case is brilliant, and the lights emanating from it makes the lan look more like a disco. You will probably be fooled into thinking that this is the new fatal1ty until they ask you how to run ventrilo.

Well that’s all for now 🙂 To be continued!

(Inspired by Valkyrie’s post on different types of gamer girls)