So, after visiting a different gaming site and being disgusted by its forums and the general lack of civility therein, I want to make an effort to understanding who gamers are and what the culture is. I'll ask you:
What do you think about 'gamer' culture? Do you identify as a gamer? What does that mean to you? How do you think non-gamers view you? What stereotypes have you been labeled as? Do you care? Why do you like playing games?
Generally, I do not identify as a gamer precisely because of the stigma that carries. However, I love video games because I think they can bring out the best of an individual: teamwork, leadership, strategic and critical reasoning, hope. Moreover, escapism can be a good thing for those in high-stress environments. But, what does everyone else think?