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Why are "gamers" generally looked down upon?

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This is something that has been bugging me for awhile. I'm not your stereotypical gamer(the one who stays home instead of going out, socially awkward, and nerdy), but barely any gamers(that I know) are. I mean I love video games and they might become a source of income for me; I'm becoming a gameplay commentator and Youtube will give you money for views if you get enough likes, view, etc. I know it's a long shot but it's worth a try.

Back on topic, why is it that if someone plays video games instead of watching T.V. he is considered a loser? Why is it that if I play games instead of doing something else it makes me less of a person than you? Can someone please explain this to me?

P.S. The reason I'm asking is because a fiend I just met in college IS the "stereotypical" gamer and he gets made fun of all the time. Also, recently most Fridays/Saturdays I come home after being out with friends and I'll hop on my ps3 with some buddies and play till about 4 or 5 A.M. and one night my mom told me she didn't want me playing with "those losers who have no jobs and no future." These are friends that I've known basically since birth, and some friends that I have made through them. So combine what she said with what has been happening to my friend(and about a million other gamers) I just needed to get that out there.

I know "ranting" isn't really allowed but please view this a questio more than an actualy rant; I know that I focus more on specific problems more than an actual question towards the end but still. Anyway thank you for any answers.