This is a tough one for me. I do not have much family left, my sister and her husband, and my niece who thinks that I am pretty cool because I play WoW. We don’t really talk about gaming when we have a rare opportunity to get together. Normally the holidays or birthdays.
My wife who also games with me, or I guess more I with her, she is more of a gamer than I have ever been. We occasionally talk about things around her family, and they probably don’t understand half of it. Some of our friends are gamer’s, but outside of playing we don’t really talk about it. I kind of liken it to Cats, or pets. When conversations between groups of people get kind of awkward, or people run out of things to talk about, the conversation always shifts to cats. Or Dogs. And some funny thing they did the other day. It’s the same with gaming. It is not something I lead off in a conversation, but can eventually find some way to incorporate it, for lack of anything else to talk about.
Considering the volatility of the world now, talking about video games is probably a safe topic. Religion and politics certainly aren’t any more.
The toughest part in writing this was realizing how few friends I have. Life is short. Before you realize it, years have passed by. Friends move on, you/they get married, have kids, priorities change. The joke, all my friends are in here, in the virtual world, is not much of a joke for me.