Thx for posting that. The sentiment is great, and I never looked at it that way. I do think forums played a big part too, and the social media revolution was a step up from that. Social Media is stilted besides - it allows you to people-watch but it doesn't really allow you to make friends, where games and forums do. I'd count people I know only from these forums as friends, no matter what non-geeks might say.
And if you're publishing any of that... enervate is not a synonym for energise