Scott. Yes. I got a fact for you. Okay. You
ready for a fact? For the average person in the United States these days–mm-hmm–by the
time they turn 21–mm-hmmm–they will have played video games–mm-hmmm–for 10,000 hours.
Yeah sounds about right. Oh you’re not surprised? No. Not at all. Your not like brain explosion?
No, no, by the time I was 21 I was at like 50,000 hours. Well you’re the right person
to talk to then. Yeah, should be. Scott Bromley host of Rev3 Games, thanks so
much for coming on. Thanks for having me. Glad we got to hang out in this alcove I guess
it would be. Yeah. We’re just rapping in an alcove. We’re just rapping, you know. Speaking
of Rev3 Games–mm-hmmm–and speaking of Social Studies, the show that you are on right now,
I wanted to talk about this stereotype of video-gaming being bad for your social life.
That’s not true. First of all, there’s the online aspect where you go online, you play
games with people and you actually have to talk to them. Now yes given there is a whole
lot of racism, homophobia, trash-talking, you know typical teenage, teenage stuff that
happens but now with the new consoles like the XBox One and the PS4, they actually let
you decide which, which group you want to interact with, like how you want to talk to
people, people who talk a lot of trash, people who don’t, people who just have you know casual
conversations with one another. Oh. I host a podcast in the video game section–what
is your podcast called Scott–it’ called Comedy Button, duh, plug, plug, plug–that show is,
is for a video game audience not about video games and because we do that it’s bringing
this, it’s bringing all the kids together–yeah–who just play video games but then they, they
would go onto the forums and make friends with each other because they play video games,
they will start playing video games with each other and now a couple of them are actually
dating–really?–in real life, yes. You’re–Brought together through a show who played a video
game together and then started having more offline conversations, met in person, fell
in love and now are dating. Scott, you are a matchmaker. I–yeah. You realize this? Yeah.
You’re kind of a matchmaker. They need to name their fist child after me. That right
here in a nutshell debunks this entire games as poor social skills because these people
are not only making friends, they’re making lovers–yes, mm-hmmm–as well. Yeah. Gaming
has a real stigma attached to it that oh, gamers are these sheltered nerdy people that
don’t like to go out. The truth of the matter is everyone nowadays has a smartphone. On
their smartphones they are always playing something like Candy Crush. I’ve never played
Candy Crush. Just I haven’t–Okay but–alright good! Congratulations you’re not addicted
but there are a lot of normal people, normal, I say that in quotes, not categorize themselves
as gamers who play Candy Crush all the time. Mm-hmm. You’re a gamer. That is a video game.
You are probably participating in micro-transactions. That is something that most hardcore gamers
don’t actually participate in. They will play the game for free so they’re going a step
above. The stigma of the video gaming being you know, everyone is just kind of closed
off it’s breaking down especially with, in the world of handheld gaming. There’s still
so many studies that you see being done particularly on children’s gaming behaviors and how they
socialize and yet people like Jane McGonigal who is an evangelist for gaming has said that
video games actually promote social skills in kids. The younger generation now even at
three and four are being handed iPads. They are learning how to game. Their brains are
working faster now, they’re learning social skills with other kids. Gaming is bringing
them together in the schoolyard, which it kind of did in my day too. There was always
the kid who was like my uncle works at Nintendo, I’ve played Super Mario Brothers 5 and you’re
like you’re a liar but I’m going to hang out with you anyway because I want to hear about
this thing. When are we finally going to give this stereotype up? Uhhh, I would say this
generation we’re going to get closer especially with systems like the Xbox One, you can watch
TV, you can watch movies, you can play video games, you can Skype with people, you can
do everything with this one box. A lot of more “normal” people will start getting those
in their homes and you know dipping into video games and then it’s just going to become this
thing that we all do. Just like we used to gather around and play board games–or read
books!–yeah how about–how about books? What’s a book? I know right? Who are you? Those dumb
things. Well Scott thank you so much–thank you–for coming on and thanks for myth-busting
this because I feel like it is high time for this video game stigma to just go away. Yeah.
It’s outdated. Game over man. Game over. Game over. That’s the perfect pun to close this
thing out with. Bring it down. But I want to know what you think, I mean do you think
there is anything to this gaming socializing stereotype or like Scott do you think that
there’s absolutely nothing to it and that gaming can actually help you learn to socialize?
Let me know in the comments and Scott, tell folks where they can find you. You can find
me at Rev3 Games, that’s youtube.com/rev3games or rev3games.com. Thanks again Scott. Thank
you very much. And thanks for watching and don’t forget to subscribe.