Heh, Holy Old Thread, Batman!
I used to be seriously into games (my Steam library is on the right side of the curve), but not so much as of late. At the end of the day, you get to realizing that they are simply some 3D models being pushed around by some code, mixed with some media elements. At most, you’re left with a good story, but one that really could be told in basically any medium. At worst, it’s either an insult to your decency, or your intelligence, or both. I have not been too keen on the larger culture trickling into gaming these days as well, with the forcing of LGBTQ themes into games due to pressure being put on game studios. The fact that studios by and large feel it’s almost necessary to have these characters and messages in a game, to avoid negative press, is just bringing the leftist witch hunt into yet another area of public life. (Gamergate, best described as an intramural scrimmage between SJW atheists and neckbeard atheists, needs no discussion here)
At the end of the day, too, games are not anything real. If you want to do well in a game, put in a cheat code, and instant win. Zzzzzz… No cheat codes for learning how to play the piano, watching birds, or doing something to help people in your community (or the world, for that matter). No cheat codes for fixing your car or something on your house. No cheat codes to see the Grand Canyon. No cheat codes for spending time with your spouse and kids. Etc. I won’t even get into what a life sucker WoW or related things are.
I guess just keep it in perspective and understand what you’re actually spending your finite life on. Probably still better than watching some brainless TV show with a recycled plotline that was cribbed from Euripides.