Just wanted to comment on the discussion that was had on the show this week about exactly how mainstream gaming was.
I was pretty surprised at the accounts giving by the high school and university teachers you read. As a first year University student in Ontario, I am constantly amazed on just how well integrated gaming is in the culture of students. Sure there are people (especially females) that have never played a game in their lives more than a drunken round of Mario Kart 64, but they at least understand what games are and usually have a brother or boyfriend who plays them on a regular basis.
Also on the topic of not having time to play games in college or university, I would agree and say that I actually need to make dedicated time to play games and catch up on news, as well as listening to pod-casts, or I would be lost in shuffle of studying and socializing. The reason I do this is because games are as important to me as those other aspects and I would feel at a loss if I let one side dominant in the balance of my life.