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Gaming is no longer just a fringe hobby

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Richard Cobbett is Features Editor at PC Plus magazine

Remember when gaming was just a fringe hobby? These days, there's still a stigma in some quarters about self-identifying as a 'gamer', but really, everyone's playing games.

On Facebook, Zynga's Farmville has gone from an idle distraction to a worldwide craze, with millions of people who'd swear they never waste their time on something as trivial as a game still logging in to check their farms and gather corn.