Left Mouse Button writes: "Online gaming played on the PC or consoles is on the rise. As less and less people crowd into their friends' mom's basement to share a couch and shit-talk as they play, more people are flocking to online services to play with other people. While there have always been services like Blizzard's battle.net, it seems online play has grown in sophistication, depth, and size. More people play for more hours a week, and people connect. They join Steam Groups, guilds, and clans. You learn about people you'll never meet, their fears, their kids and their jobs. There's definitely a gaming culture, and it's at its most vibrant and alive in online communities."