In this week’s #RPGchat, we touched on something that struck me as a bit… odd. Gamers are stereotyped as socially awkward introverts. The bumbling, embarrassed geek is a staple of pop culture, often mocked (and often beloved).
However, when the topic of playing RPGs virtually – via play by post or video chat – seemed to rub a lot of people the wrong way. That is, they felt it was missing some element of “togetherness” that was essential to the RPG experience. The physical, social element of playing a tabletop roleplaying game was, for them, absolutely necessary in order to enjoy the game.
You’d think, if the geek population is as socially stunted as they’re often portrayed, they’d jump at the opportunity to hide behind their laptop screens or secret themselves away with their iPads, right? So, is the socially awkward stereotype a myth? Or just not as widespread as TV and film would have you believe?
Not sure that I can answer those questions. Personally, I’m an extrovert and that’s what drives me to play RPGs. I love the social interaction and thrive on the energy of my fellow players at the table.
So: What do you think? Are geeks anti-social?