Meet A Gamer
It has long been a criticism that gaming can and does lead to anti-social behavior. The vision of children and adults alike playing away for hours on end in a cold damp basement has caused many parents to cringe at the thought of letting their kids get into gaming. While it is certainly true that becoming too addictive to games can pull one away from other important aspects of their lives including social interactions, it has also been proven that many gamers have found their own community within the gaming world.
Just as there are those who flock to sports bars to find companionship with sports fans, the same is done with gamers. It started with groups of friends getting together to play games and expanded with the internet to forums, chat rooms and user groups. Today with the explosion of social groups and communication tools such as Ventrilo, Instant Messaging and Facebook, gamers can connect with other gamers in a way just a decade ago was not possible.
In our weeklong look at gaming communities we first wanted to discuss the growing social interaction between gamers. When one begins playing games they will quickly find friends they can play and communicate with through online lobbies and programs such as Xbox Live and Playstation Network. In addition with online groups and social media such as Facebook, gamers can find their niche be it FPS games, MMO’s or even classic gaming.
What about a social site that is just for gamers? Perhaps the next big thing in social media is not a general place where everyone can meet, but more specific places where people who share the same hobbies or likes can congregate. The question is can something like this work? As a former owner and administrator of many message boards I can testify to the difficulty of getting users to come to your forum with so many others out there.
However, the culture of gaming is different. A place where you know everyone is a gamer just like you might be a haven. Connecting with new gamers from around the world and being able to share everything from videos, to music to pictures could be very appealing.
Enter Meet A Gamer a social networking site where gamers can create a profile and interact with each other. You can discuss games, chat, and even meet up in your favorite game. Obsolete Gamer had a chance to talk with one of the owners of Meet A Gamer and we had some questions on what it was like to start your very own social gaming network.
Obsolete Gamer: How did you come up with the idea for Meet A Gamer?
Nick: Well I was gaming with some local high school buddies of mine and after a while I felt like it was getting too boring and need new people to start playing with. I slept on it and figured out there was no “social network” for gamers. So making Meet a Gamer was the perfect concept to find new gamers to play with.
Obsolete Gamer: Can you give us an overview on why you created Meet A Gamer?
Nick: To expand people with new gaming friend. Creating a way to be able to find the better group to play video games with and of course socially.
Obsolete Gamer: How difficult was it to create and get the word out to gamers to join?
Nick: It has been very difficult of course, since people use Facebook/Myspace/Twitter etc. They feel that they don’t need another social network to deal with. But then when people give it a try they notice it is a great addition with the other social networks because now they can have facebook/myspace for personal use and have a MeetaGamer account for gaming!
Obsolete Gamer: What did you want your site to bring to gamers?
Nick: I wanted the site to allow gamers to overcome the trash talking and become more social. Giving gamers the chance to actually meet new gamers without being beaten in a game or harassed.
Obsolete Gamer: How important is social networking to gamers?
Nick: With the way social networking took a spin in the past 6 years it’s really allowing the gaming community unite and kind of give the chance to build a gaming experience they have never experienced before.
Obsolete Gamer: How has the overall response been to your site by gamers and non-gamers alike?
Nick: The problem I noticed the older generation that played Atari feel that if you only play Halo and Call of Duty series, you are not considered a true gamer. We all know that is the most played multiplayer on the xbox 360 platform. Definition of a true gamer is if you play video games, not what type of video games you play.
Obsolete Gamer: What is your gaming background?
Nick: What is gaming? Just kidding, I’ve been gaming since I was a really little kid started off playing Mario Bros series on the original Nintendo, when you had to blow into the cartridge of the game to get it to play. And I was really addicted to Excitebike that game had me going for hours. I finally moved on to Super Nintendo, Sega, and now the next generation consoles. I am really into the Call of Duty series now. I’ve tried out the Wii and Playstation 3 but it really isn’t for me. Those two consoles are collecting tons of dust right now!
Obsolete Gamer: What is your favorite classic games and why?
Nick: Excitebike has to be my favorite classic game because when I was little I would tell my parents I was sick so I couldn’t go to school. And I would play that game for hours on end. I am not sure why that game made me so addicted but it was a blast!
Obsolete Gamer: What are you playing now?
Nick: Right now I have just been playing NHL 11. I got bored of Modern Warfare 2 and Madden 11 too quickly. I am really excited to see what Black Ops has in store for us gamers!
Obsolete Gamer: In your opinion how important is the online community to gaming and gaming culture?
Nick: If the online community can adapt to the gaming culture it will allow an expansion of networking. Giving the chance for developers to listen to the people. If we can all somehow stomp our feet and grab the attention of gaming companies now just imagine what could happen in 5 years!
I would like to thank Obsolete Gamer for contacting us, it was a great pleasure!
Want to join this up and coming social site and connect with gamers? Then check out Meet A Gamer.