Once upon a time, playing video games was about as socially acceptable as owning a 12-sided dice. It was something that nerds did in-between zit-popping and Star Trek marathons - or at least, that was the popular perception in the playground at the time. To talk incessantly about video games was to invite wedgie annihilation from all directions. Needless to say, it was a dangerous time to be a gamer.
Thankfully, things have come along in leaps and bounds since then. Gaming has become one of the premier forms of entertainment, with game sales consistently outperforming movies and DVDs. These days, it's kind of uncool not to be a gamer.