This morning WoW Insiders Breakfast Topic (by Michael Gray) was 'Do you talk about WoW at work?' and I thought this was a really interesting topic and deserved a mini-blog.
Personally I think Michael poses a very good question. He is completely right when he says that "being a geek isn't quite the mark of shame it once was". But I don't think that necessarily makes it easy for everyone to come-out of the gaming closet.
I've never hidden that I'm a geek. I have always been open about my obsession with Star Wars, in particular, and my collection of memorabilia. For those that knew me, my progression to playing WoW was somewhat natural and almost a given thing. I don't think anyone was shocked or confussed and so I was completely open.
For those that I have subsequently met or got to know it's a little different. I started playing properly at the beginning of my Master's degree. I knew a few people very well (having studied at undergraduate level with them) but the majority were new faces. Whilst I never shouted about my virtual gaming life, I never lied if someone asked me if I played WoW or any other games. I even managed to recruit someone from my Master's who is still playing now.
More recently I have been volunteering at a (degree related) institute, within their data team (whom I am due to start a temporary contract with shortly). Working within a data team, as I'm sure you can imagine, is quite a computer based job and the staff are all a little geeky. It also turns out that one guy plays WoW and I have spoken to him in some depth about WoW etc.