Sort of apropos of Ted's post, take a look at this short essay in The Guardian: "To come out as a gamer is still to risk looking a social n00b: Even with sympathetic friends, we still speak low when we speak games."
This certainly is not true everywhere, and certainly is not true among communities of gamers. We don't tend to speak low on this blog about games, and there are plenty of gaming blogs out there. So I'm curious as to how this maps onto your personal social perceptions. In what particular circles do you "speak low when you speak games"? Work? Family? School? Where isn't it cool to "come out" as a gamer?