Many people won’t realize the “N7” logo embroidered on a shirt is a video game reference. Most gamers won’t wear or show their fandom in any way; they simply play games in the evening to have fun. We’ve been told by the media that our hobby is somehow different and other in some unspoken way, as though it’s okay to have a drink after work and watch a football game, but playing XCOM is somehow wrong. They are only looking out for us, you see. As if people playing games need help figuring their lives out.
Once you understand the many versions of the secret handshake you begin to see gamers everywhere. We’re already running the country. We treat you when you’re sick. We help you fill out forms for your home loan. We protect you in court, and we may arrest you when you break the law. We send our children to school and we raise them well. We pay our taxes.
If you don’t play games you may not notice us, but we’re everywhere. Gamers are as common as people who listen to music or go to see movies, and we don’t need politicians or laws to tell us how to raise our children or what games are okay for us to play. You may not be paying attention, but we’re everywhere already, in all walks of life, in every profession.
And we’re doing fine.”