EditorialGuy - 6:52 pm on Sep 17, 2013 (gmt 0)
To be perfectly honest, if a person knows what a title and an H1 are, there is gaming going on, it's all a matter of degree.
Titles and H1 tags existed long before Google came along. They're basic components of HTML.
You could just as easily argue that schema markup, pagination tags, and Google authorship markup are "gaming the system." Yet all three have Google's blessing and are actively encouraged by Google.
Tools are meant to be used, not abused, and Google has never preached that ignorance is preferable to knowledge.