Are Video Games Manly?

by Brett & Kate McKay on July 16, 2008 · 109 comments

in Is It Manly?

Each Thursday we ask whether you think a certain object or subject is manly. Make sure to check out past Is it manly? polls. Now for this week’s question:

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Are video games manly? Vote. Discuss.




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101 Trey September 23, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Playing video games is never manly.

That doesn’t mean it is necessarily unmanly either. Something doesn’t have to be either manly or unmanly, there is a middle area (and a lot of things exist in this area).

Playing video games can be an OK thing to do when you want some entertainment. Some people take this to shameful levels, others don’t.

Having a craving or need to be entertained all the time is not manly.

102 Anders September 24, 2013 at 9:16 am

Playing video games is neither manly or not manly. The real question is perhaps, is it socially acceptable. I myself like to play games with my friends, or to relieve some of the tension i build up during my day. Also, Video games sharpens the senses, and the reaction time is significantly improved. I cannot see why a man (or woman for that matter,) should not play video games. They can be violent, but that is not a bad thing.

103 Daniel September 30, 2013 at 9:48 am

Playing video games is a waste of time. A true man does not waste his time.

However if you are playing with friends. That might be a different story. However social interaction is kept to a minimum when playing with friends.

104 Chris October 11, 2013 at 7:43 am

It depends:

If a man is playing maturely, it is manly. If he is cussing out the kids or other players in a game, it is just a waste of time.

105 Brad October 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm

The problem with video games is the usurpation of time spent on developing skills and habits that make you more productive and useful. Brett has a profound post on “creating more, consuming less” and I truly think that is why video games might considered “unmanly”. Video games absolutely consume your time like nothing else I’ve seen and make you a more passive and dependent person.

On the other hand, lumosity has shown that video games when properly applied can support cognitive function and mental health. When viewed from a vantage point of sincere self-improvement, it might be considered manly. Staving off and preventing Alzheimer’s to be mentally around for your kids and grandkids is a-ok.

106 Jo November 18, 2013 at 6:32 pm

I personally find it to be a huge turnoff when a guy spends *all* his time playing video games, but once in a while is fine. Heck, I like playing once in a while socially, but it shouldn’t be excessive to the point that you can’t get important things done. I dated a guy once and he would get so excited when a new game was coming out, it was like going to the store with a little boy…not attractive at all, just sayin…

107 Joel December 2, 2013 at 9:09 am

Going along the vein of the “neither manly nor unmanly,” video games are an excellent “immediate satisfaction” tool that can bring one out of the world for a short visit into wherever else he may want to go. on that note, too many people play too long on these games, and end up not developing anything (skills or otherwise) of interest. One should strive to always broaden one’s horizons to attain one’s maximum potential. With that, if you are sitting around a group of people you may eventually call friends, it would be prudent to tell stories of your skills and exploits; how fast you reached level 90 on a Paladin tends to be less exciting or impressive. A thought from a video gamer who came to this realization :)

108 Craig December 8, 2013 at 9:10 am

Children play games because they’re not allowed to start a business, fight a war, etc. Grown men can start a business, fight a war so why bother with games?

Are video games childish? No more childish than passively watching hours and hours of sports on tv.

109 Tom December 29, 2013 at 8:48 pm

agree with above posters, its not manly, nor is it unmanly.
I play video games every now and then, sometimes with my father. while some people become dependant on them is very sad, and it ends up consuming them where they cant get important things done.

On the other hand it can be great entertainment whether in a group or on your own… in small doses

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