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I used to judge gaming due to ignorance

av Madeleine Leander

If someome would have told me 4-5 years ago that I would be playing StarCraft 2 for a professional team, or at all, I would have loled in their faces. Or wait, of course I had no idea what lol was. Imagine the confusion when I realized it was not only short for “laughing out loud” but also for the game League of Legends. Gaming was not a part of my life and I didn’t even know that esports existed.  

During the first 23 years of my life I didn’t spend a lot of time in front of computers. I had a computer but used it mostly for school or to chat with friends. During high school I wasn’t very understanding towards gamers. I thought gaming seemed really boring. Guess why. Because I never gave it a chance and it’s easy to judge things you don’t understand.

When StarCraft 2 came out, my boyfriend at the time played a lot and often late at night. I didn’t like it at all. I thought it was a waste of time and brain capacity. Everything due to ignorance. After some time I was convinced (read forced) to try the game. Reluctantly I sat down in front of his computer, I of course didn’t have a computer that could handle the game. He was about to coach me. Since I couldn’t use my two-finger typing I decided not to use the keyboard at all. The mouse was more than enough for me to handle.

There I was, in front of the computer and someone telling me to build a spawning pool. I did it, yeey! The first 10 games was pretty painful as I didn’t understand much and couldn’t remember the names of the units or buildings and I continued to ask what a hell a spawning pool was for quite some time. But as I understood the idea of the game I started to like it. It was challenging and I love challenges. I started watching progamers for inspiration and I played team games with my friends. Before I knew it, gaming was a big part of my life.

2011 I visited an Internet café for the first time. Some of my friends took me to Inferno Online in Stockholm to play StarCraft 2.
2011 I visited an Internet café for the first time. Some of my friends took me to Inferno Online in Stockholm to play StarCraft 2.

Gaming turned out to be everything but what I had expected. It was social, fun, entertaining, challenging and like acrobatics for my brain. Now I am not judging gamers anymore and when I talk to someone who is, I don’t judge them either. I understand them, tell them my story and they understand me back.

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