In the gaming era, players are fragmented by the divergent nature of experiences.

Hear me out. I'm just saying that someone playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 might not be able to relate to someone playing Farmville.

For better or worse, the titles you play might define you as a gamer.

Your excitement for Dragon Age: Origins can be as intense as another person’s addiction to Tiny Wings. The fact that we’re all playing games for the escape and for the experience is most important.

Hopefully, you arrived at the notion that your hardcore credentials don't really matter.

What really matters is the reason you play.


As gamers, we should be evangelists. If someone asks about your pixelated passion, start a dialogue. You could become the ambassador to a new, exciting world and introduce that individual to something truly wonderful.

Let’s say your friend enjoys Angry Birds. Point that person to another title like Plants vs. Zombies. It doesn’t have a steep learning curve, and it's just as charming.

If someone else you know is into board games like Monopoly, tell him or her to try Hot Springs Story. That could then lead to some Fable 2 action. Connecting these experiences isn’t difficult, and it helps sell people on gaming.

Don’t remove yourself from a casual-games conversation because of your vastly superior knowledge. Share your excitement, educate, and use your once-misanthropic energy for good!