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elitism?

I’m new to the community and livejournal and thought I should say hello.

I had a long debate about how roleplaying is viewed in general with one of my housemates the other day that I thought might be of interest…

The comments were positive but questioning the reasons behind its appeal. But one thing stood out which was how elitist gaming can be. We have mutual friends, some of who are gamers and some of who aren’t and he raised the point that when we discuss a roleplaying game, our characters, or the system, it’s a very exclusive conversation. Where if you don’t have that gaming knowledge, it sounds like complete gibberish! Thankfully those of us who are into roleplaying don’t go off on one that often (my housemates comments were sparked by a genuine interest in understanding roleplaying, not from being subjected to any conversations about it recently). But it made me think of why that geek image still sticks with what is becoming a wider known hobby. If it appears that we are speaking in code or in tongues all the time we discuss it, no wonder others find it weird. If the hobby is elitist, that surely can’t be a good thing? It might also go a long way to explaining the demographic and stereotype of roleplayers…

Personally I don’t think roleplaying is elitist, and that we are a pretty excepting bunch, but it is worrying if others see it as such. Just wondered if anyone had any thoughts along this line?
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