Yesterday, this blog was featured on N'Gai Croal's Level Up, in a post titled "The Big Idea." It was the second in a presumably ongoing series about how we self-identify as gamers (or don't, as the case may be). N'Gai linked to the "Taxonomy of Gamers" series, and had some kind words to say about it. He's sort of the spiritual leader of a certain class of games blogger, so to get his seal of approval is flattering.
It's been interesting to see the discussion develop around the community in recent months. It seems that many people agree that the terms we have now aren't getting the job done, but their solutions vary wildly. That's a good thing. It's a conversation we need to have. As I've said, it's not so much coming up with the perfect nomenclature as it is identifying the elemental reasons we play. We just need to know what those are. The danger is that if we don't define our own identities, others will do it for us. We may not like what they come up with.