They stand in line outside stores waiting for midnight launches of new video games. When they get home after a long day, they plop down in front of the TV not to sit back and watch, but to play.
They're known as "core gamers." They are people like Greg Wilcox, who writes about video games and has bought roughly 100 this year, and like Mark Hengst, who's in law enforcement and says daily gaming gives him an "interactive form of escapism." Then there's Wyatt Du Frane, a geology graduate student who's been playing since he was a little boy.