"We have always believed in the potential of Indian gamers. Chirantan's success is a proud moment for the Indian gaming industry," said Rohit Sharma, COO of gaming portal Zapak Digital Entertainment [http://www.zapak.com/], which provided observers for the event. "This will encourage more youngsters to take gaming seriously."
How is that a good thing? People taking gaming too seriously are the reason we have rabid fanboys, dead WoW players, and the ire of right-wing media outlets.
you need to get a grip on the situation. taking games more seriously does not mean jumping windows or bridges, but could be meant as in serious competitiveness. and i agree, there are way too many casual gamers out there in comparison with the hardcore or even athletic gamers. i wish people took games as serious as elite players of e.g. DOTA do.
I don't see how you made a connection between the sort of people who will insist that their preferred console/game/character is good and everything else is shit, the kind of person who becomes so addicted to a game that they play it in lieu of doing anything else like eating or sleeping, the way that idiots like Thompson tell everyone that people who take gaming seriously will all become murderers, and the idea of people jumping out of windows or off of bridges. Seriously, what?
Neither do I understand the ire some people seem to have towards casual gamers, and this strange desire to be seen as a "hardcore" gamer. What are casual gamers doing to hurt you? Games are meant to be fun, and if people pick up a game and play it occasionally for enjoyment rather than spending every night pwning noobs, whats the harm in it?