I have a camper/trailer and I take my family, my wife and four kids, camping at a privately owned campground about 15 miles away from my house. Where I live, that's all it takes to get into the mountains. I typically pack my DS or a friends PSP for the weekend to keep myself entertained at those moments when we are all just sitting around, essentially doing nothing. My wife's uncles who camp a the same place all think it is funny to make comments about me bringing my video games with me. That's fine. It's all in good fun.
Go ahead and crack your jokes at me. Call me a gamer geek. Call me a techonology fanatic. Tell me I don't know how to camp. I know the truth about you. I know that when you step back into your house on wheels you are likely to pop a bag of popcorn in the microwave, turn on the TV/DVD combo system that your kids setup for you and watch one of the movies from the stack you rented before you came. I know that you don't go fishing until your GPS says you should. I know that instead of walking 100 feet to another part of the campground, you hop on the four-wheeler. I know very well that you have come to heavily rely on your technology for your comfort and your entertainment. But for some reason, you conveiently don't make the connection.
I don't understand it. My wife could sit and read for hours and that's considered normal camping activity. I spend a few hours working my way through a story in a video game and get comments like, "couldn't leave the games at home?" or "you gonna spend the whole weekend playing that thing?" Well, yeah, maybe I will. How is that any different than watching a bunch of movies. At least mine is interactive.
It's hard to be a gamer among non-gamers.