We Need More Casual Gamers

That headline may incite some backlash towards me, and you know what? I'm fine with it.  It is time to try to change some gamer's attitudes.  Unfortunately, the ones who really need to change will probably have already stopped reading.
This is stemming from a couple of incidents that have come up in recent weeks, like one about a t-shirt and a great reaction to it, and another about a comic book cover and the ridiculous reaction to the article written on it.  I won't go in to details about those ones, you can read them yourself if you haven't already. I won't even mention the disgusting rampant sexism they display, instead, I'm just going to tackle this at a general and gender neutral level.
I don't think anyone wants to touch him, casual or not...
Thanks to shows like The Big Bang Theory and Cosmos,  high profile tech people like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, and the proliferation of comic book derived movies, being a geek, nerd, gamer, and/or technophile has become "cool".  Those of us that were shunned just a few years ago are now the people that many others want to emulate.  And I get why this can be annoying to some of us that had to put up with the abuse in the past.

But let's look at what makes us geeks: We love something.  Whether it's comics, video games, table top games, sci-fi books, or anything else, it's something we love.  Something we have dedicated a lot of time and resources to.  So why do we get so offended when someone else decides that this same topic interests them too?  Yes, this person may not be as "in to it" as you. So what?
Instead of belittling them, why not show them what they've been missing?  Use your own knowledge to expand their world instead of trying to drive them out of it.
Find where you are on the chart.. Then ignore it and go play a game.
I've had an interest in table top gaming ever since a group of friends began playing pretty regularly back in 2000.  After dropping off for a little bit when one of the main drivers of the group moved away, I've had a big resurgence in the last year or so.   My wife had never played anything other than Scrabble before she met me.  Did I ridicule her for it and go play without her?  No. (I know which side my bread is buttered on!).  Has she since become a big board game geek like me? Also no, BUT she does join in many of the games I play, and we get to hang out and have fun together. Plus when my group needs a 4th person for Settlers, we don't have to go hunting for someone to play with.
Not all of us can LARP to Felicia Day levels
 Wesley Crusher Wil Wheaton sums up what it is to be a geek very well here (the most relevant part starts at about 1:35).  So if that fangirl, that jock, or that casual gamer doesn't love what you love, or loves it in a different way or to a different degree than you do, don't exclude them.  Welcome them to the world they have been missing out on, show them around, and be happy there is now another person to share your interest with.
Last minute addition - I was going to wait to publish this, but it seemed even more relevant with this video having just come out.
Feel free to yell at me in the comments below.

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