Reading through this thread
I found several references to the gamer stereotype of the big, fat, bearded guy.
This is not the first time.
Here at Story-Games I have seen several discussions about gamer stereotypes and stuff. And I'm kept wondering.
That old What are you wearing
thread made me smile. I was kind of expecting the responses it got.
Now, I can't help but be curious. I feel it is more of a cultural (as in "country") stuff.
You see, I live in Mexico. I have met a big bunch of role players in my many years playing. And yet I have only met less than a handful of people who would fill the stereotype.
In fact my playing groups have only had a few of overweighted guys. And I'm talking "a couple of dozens of extra pounds", not "morbidly obese" or anything of the like. And we are talking about maybe around 3 out of 30. And I have the feeling that the percentage of overweight in gamers is about equivalent to the general population's overweightness in Mexico.
So my question is: Does the stereotype actually represents the majority in our hobby? Is it a cultural thing? Does it actually relates to the "jocks vs. nerds" stuff it seems prevalent in American media? How does it work in other (non USA) countries?