I strongly approve the study of games of reason, not for their own sake, but because they help to perfect the art of thinking.
My observation is not that gamers tend to be socially awkward, but that gamers tend to prefer socialisation forms which are in the common parlance considered to be socially awkward.
Play may rise to heights of beauty and sublimity that leave seriousness far beneath.
Full-time game designer is a wonderful word. In Germany I am often asked if I also have a “real” occupation.
You are what you did at your last game.