There's a lot of social networks based around the experience of playing games on the internet. Networks like Voobly, which are growing but still on the smaller side, are great for gamers who want to get some sort of social recognition or reputation in a community, on top of having a great time playing the game. In this kind of community, instead of being just one of the masses, there is more opportunity to become known because there's less competition - a big fish in a small pond. Also, people who stay with something from the beginning tend to feel a kind of bond, in my experience.
Voobly has many games from well-known franchises like Age of Empires, Star Wars, and FIFA along with more obscure games, so there is probably an option for everyone. Over 50 games are offered. These are definitely social (multiplayer) games that encourage you to play continuously, as opposed to straight through and finish forever, so that adds to the community element. Also, there are thousands of topics and discussions in the forums, which are another space for community interaction. Besides discussions of specific games, you can also see discussions about graphics, software development, and support. The forums also have a section for tournaments, strategy guides, and six sub-forums in foreign languages for international users - Brazilian, Spanish, Turkish, German, Indian, and Vietnamese. With users who truly come from around the globe, living in their different timezones, Voobly doesn't shut down even though it doesn't have a ton of users like some other gaming networks.
Voobly isn't super popular yet so you can be a big fish in a small pond
A fun gaming network that has a real social element.
Runs on Windows, desktop client