Boardgaming IS proper gaming.
Oooo, confrontational. Like it.
Not many BGs include buckets of lovingly hand daubed metal masterpieces though do they, which to many a frothers' eye would mean it's not a 'proper' game. Just some sort of fickle, wet-sunday amusement really.
Rather like the difference between a carefree drunken one night shag and 40-years of soul-crushing marriage. Or not.