A few months ago, my wife and I had an epiphany which resulted in a radical change in our life.
We've always been animal lovers and hadn't really thought of them as any less than our species. We've seen the great slaughter that takes place every day and every second around us, the slaughter of other living beings for the sake of our "health" and "wellbeing". Nonsense, pathetic and a ridiculous excuse for mankind to exercise killing other living beings. It is not for our survival nor our health. I have lived for 25 years believing that my main source of calcium was cow's milk, and protein mainly came from meat and chicken. Apparently those sources are the worst sources for such nutrients.
That is the health part of the equation. The main part of the equation is killing other living beings. Why would we want to kill them? Why do we want to inflict pain on others? What drives such desire? It is unnatural! There Are some animals that hunt others for sports. But using guns? Do we call that a sport? What does it really do for us? Great marksmanship? To enhance our accuracy and precision? Nowadays we completely depend on machines to do everything in our lives, we certainly don't need marksmanship as a sport. And if we really did need it we could always practice it on drones and moving machines instead of animals and birds.
So with that, my wife and I have seen the sad truth that we've been living in and decided to do what feels right for the animals, humankind and our dear Gaia "Mother Earth" and went vegan.
Now you'd ask, what does that relate to Video Gaming?
Well let's see... Console wars? They basically boil down to the concept of "mine's bigger and better". Getting protein from meat and chicken is always considered more manly than getting it from plants. It's exactly like saying "I am a great man/woman for choosing Playstation over Xbox since real gamers play Playstation." ...again I am not siding with Playstation, Xbox or Nintendo. It was simply an example.
Also another example "First person shooters are the real deal, unlike child fantasy stuff like RPGs"
I face this problem in nearly every multiplayer game whether it's online or offline. Most of these games are aimed toward nice and cooperative team-play. But people usually ruin it by dick-measuring and juvenile namecalling. Again... What drives such brutal urges? To kill or stand above others? Why does it always have to be this way? Why can't people enjoy games BY playing cooperatively with others? Even with fighting games we can always enjoy a good match that ends with a smile instead of profanity and hard feelings.
This is coming from a 26 years old "human" who enjoyed playing videogames for nearly 23 years. Enjoy life and enjoy gaming. "Enjoy" is a really beautiful word and sensation and all of us humans need it.
Here's a lovely picture of us enjoying our time in the Maelstrom.