I also watch ASL religiously as it's the closest thing to the glory days of OSL/MSL/PL right now. I started playing BW competitively in 2008, but to be honest, SC2 was the real needle later. The TSLs really got me into the foreigner scene, as did the ESL tourneys. (All glory to Mondragon, king of the runby!) After Geoff's death, I started thinking about what joining the Starcraft community meant to my life. To my own surprise, I realized how much it shaped my adulthood. Some of my best RL friends in 2008 were playing BW / SC2 and I've met lots of amazing people since then due to Starcraft. (Shoutout to Gecko, we seriously need to organize a meetup soon.)
I've been an active member on the site instarcraft.de since 2008 and have become a forum admin last year. Talk about commitment to a "dead" game. Funnily, the site is dead when it comes to Starcraft content, but the community somehow is still alive. Starcraft attracts people of all sorts, but generally, I found out that lots of them think alike. Even though political views differ naturally, there are some basic ways of approaching life that "Starcraft people" share.
Our community is small. There's anger, there's animosity, but that's part of the deal. I can't imagine a life without Starcraft anymore. Even after my final game, I'll be hugely thankful to the game and the people playing it. Before I started playing Starcraft something was missing from my life.