I'll get this out of the way. I'm a pretentious son of a gun. I love all media. Film, television, novels. But, of course, I enjoy it on a much higher level than you plebians. And most of it is usually less mainstream fair.
As I'm no longer the sarcastic, condescending college student that I once was, I understand that not everyone is interested in being as obsessed and involved in these hobbies as I am. When someone tries to talk about how the latest Dane Cook film is so hilarious, or how awesome Nickelback is, or how wonderful American Idol was last night, rather than roll my eyes in disgust and mention that the only good film in theatres right now is the $40,000 existential drama made in Poland, I just smile, nod and say I'm not really into that if I'm pressed for my opinion. I realize that you can like and associate with people even if you think their taste is horrific. Hell, they might have the same negative opinion of my complete lack of fashion.
But when it comes to games, I just can't handle it. I avoid even acknowledging to many people in public that I share their hobby because I find it so hard to talk about games with them. Once the entertainment factor is active, not passive, I just don't understand how someone can waste time on awfulness.
Again, I don't expect the average gamer I meet at work or other social functions to be as interested in having lenghty online discussions on whether gaming consitutes as art. But when someone at work tells me that their favourite console is the Wii because the only game they've played this generation that is any good and not "boring and dumb" is Red Steel, how do I not cringe and come off as an ass when I counter their opinion? When someone claims that they get all their games off bittorrent, something I abhore anyways, then argues that the exception is anything made by EA because it's the only publisher they can trust, how do I not lose my cool?
So how do you guys handle discussing your pasttime amongst the common people, especially since you tend to have, shall we say, higher standards? Do you stand your ground when people tell you not to trust what the critics are saying because Bioshock is "the game where nothing happens" but 50 Cent: Bulletproof is being unfairly maligned? Or do you just smile and nod?
Also, since I clearly like feeling superior to others, feel free to share your experiences of meeting gamers who don't seem to know any better.