Before we get into this, you know the drill. Grab a sweater, support a great cause. Let’s go.
I feel odd writing this, because I don’t like to do the whole “scold people online” thing. It makes me uncomfortable to see the amount of memes, picture galleries, and Story Posts across various social media platforms that are geared more towards a condescending, lecturing tone – rather than an education one as they were no doubt intended.
That isn’t what this blog is about, and that’s not what I’m about. But I feel like, due to some recent stories that have come out this week and last, we all need a reminder of all the good that gaming can do – and has done.
Since they’re at the top of my shit list this week, we’re gonna start with a nice big “get it together” to the folks at Nintendo. I could’ve written a blog about them at any point in the last two weeks, since they haven’t left the Twitter top trends in as much time, but at this point everything that can be said about their actions in the last few weeks has already been said.
Instead of continuing to pile on, I’d like to bring everyone’s attention to this moving tribute that Nintendo of America’s former President, Reggie Fils-Aime, delivered at The Game Awards in 2015 for Mr. Satoru Iwata who had tragically lost his battle with cancer a few months prior.
Why am I posting this? Because this tribute tells the story of a man who changed the world – not just the world of gaming, but the world – through his passion. Nintendo needs a wake up call right now, and I’d strongly recommend that they go back to what’s made them so great over the past few decades, and cut the rest of this bullshit out.
Moving right along, let’s talk about the incredible charity efforts that gaming has provided this year.
Between Dr. Lupo, AbleGamers, and tons of other personalities and companies, millions upon millions of dollars have been raised for charity.
While the majority of clicks these days will go to dRaMa related posts and feuds between influencers that don’t fucking matter, and who aren’t relevant outside of their computer screens, this is the type of stuff I want to see more of in the next year. More giving back, more paying forward, more love in general.
No matter which way you slice it, I think we can all agree that the gaming community in general has a lot of room to grow. Some of the most amazing moments that this medium makes possible are those spent with friends, family, or complete strangers – mutually enjoying something you genuinely love.
If you’re the type of person that reflexively points your finger at yourself and says “well, I’m certainly not the problem”, then you already are. It takes all of us to make this space and this medium a welcoming, friendly, and beneficial place, and there’s always going to be something you can do to help move the needle in the right direction.
Remember why you got into gaming in the first place, take a look around, and then start helping. It’s that simple.