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Gaming communities—from then to now

Recently, a member of your Xbox Ambassador Team encountered a strange instance. Strange in the sense that to her, it was common knowledge … this instance. But, apparently that’s not the case for all. She learned that it’s not exactly common knowledge that gaming communities are a thing. That these communities are what drives and will always drive the beauty of video games.

A short story

My best friend was visiting from California, and her parents decided to visit Seattle during the same time, so we had brunch with them one sunny Seattle morning. I was speaking to my best friend’s step father about my position with Xbox Ambassadors and about video games in general. He explained to me that back in the day, he didn’t think gaming communities were a thing—that they didn’t exist (he, of course, knows now that that isn’t the case). It got me thinking—this might be common knowledge to me and you, people who have been avid gamers their whole lives, but that might not be the case for all. So, I thought it might be a good idea to celebrate gaming communities from then to now. – Miss JSP

From then to now

From the first-recognized gaming machine in 1940 to Atari and arcade gaming to multiplayer to home gaming with the PC and then some—video games themselves have made massive changes, improvements, and movements, all of which impacts the communities of those who play.

From those individuals meeting at the arcade and playing games to now, where playing a non-online game is rare, gaming communities have evolved from meet ups at the arcade to a daily interaction with other gamers through a video game. Gaming communities have always been around, even when games weren’t multiplayer or online, they were just in a different fashion. The first mass-produced game, Pong, was a two-player experience. Arcade competitions, meet-ups, and tournaments found their way across the globe. As video games become more social with multiplayer and online capabilities, gamers find and have found themselves in growing social networks.

Become part of one of the best gaming communities you’ll ever find, become an Xbox Ambassador today and connect to the biggest fans of Xbox, just like you.

Gaming communities—always real, always powerful

Gaming communities give an acceptance that not many other communities give. The aspects that make gaming communities powerful is the ability for a gamer to have a fresh start, share experiences, and be empowered to be the gamer you want to be.

“How does anybody find friends? In the traditional community, we search through our pool of neighbours and professional colleagues, of acquaintances and acquaintances of acquaintances, in order to find people who share our values and interests. We exchange information about one another, disclose and discuss our mutual interests, and sometimes we become friends. In a virtual community we can go directly to the place where are favourite subjects are being discussed, then get acquainted with people who share our passions or who use words in a way we find attractive. Your chances of making friends are magnified by orders of magnitude over the old methods of finding a peer group.”

Howard Rheingold, The Virtual Community, 1994

Some of the best friends we have today are made through video games, and that is something to be incredibly proud of. Gaming has paved the way for massive connectivity of gamers around the globe, and with the advancements always coming, it’s only going to get better.

The Xbox Ambassador Program is a close-nit community within the larger Xbox gaming community. The connections felt by Ambassadors are real and life-long. Every gamer deserves to have this connectivity with other gamers just like them. Make sure to give all your friends a shout out and let them know you appreciate their friendship.

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“I am beyond thankful for this community. I have formed great bonds with many through the program. It’s not just friendships, I consider the Ambassadors family.”

So, next time your parents or guardians ask why you’re glued to your video game console, let them know it’s because you have friends that need your help in the next boss fight! Plus, these online friends are very much real friends who provide monumental support, love, and acceptance.

The end now but not forever

I even told my best friend’s step father that I met my three current roommates through video games, and that these friends are people I will have in my life forever. He exclaimed how awesome that is and was excited to keep talk to me about the Xbox Ambassador community. That’s right, y’all were bragged about. Our community is much more than just about games or even Xbox, it’s about the relationships, passion, and inclusion that makes this community so great. Thank you all for the connections you give to every gamer, every day. – Miss JSP

Comment for favorite video game community in the comments below. Psst … it’s okay if it’s a guild on World of Warcraft®, your favorite Xbox club, or your Minecraft community. We want to show love to all gaming communities.

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