Im a gamer and I could care less what people think about it. Being a shift worker, when Im awake all night I need something to pass the time. I also see it as a way to stay in touch with my real friends back home. Its a way we can hang out and have fun even though they are in the States and I am in Europe.
I dont advertise that I am a gamer, but I have my PS3 linked to my FB, so it occasionally posts stuff on there for me. I also talk on forums with friends about games, and am active on the PS3 forums a lot. Its a hobby that I do, much like cars and photography, its just something I enjoy