I have never understood the lure and expanding market for video games. I did play Atari as a kid but have not since been able to grasp the popularity.
This may be an explosive thread due to the amount of young adults and grow-ups who still enjoy them daily vs. those that consider it a complete waste of valuable time. While I get that video games provide a temporary escape from the rigors of daily life I also have witnessed those who have a normal fullfilling life that have completely immersed themselves in video games on-line and have played for over 24 hours straight! Their spouse is left to take care of everything else in the "real world" while they indulge themselves silly in the world of digital combat.
Now, I guess to be fair, it could be said of myself who needs the coupla' hours on the ol' internet each day but I somehow feel that it comes from a different drive entirely. The gaming these days seems to be mostly driven on combat or adventure platforms. They are entirely fantasy based and depicted to look like real life. I work with adults who talk about their gaming world almost entirely.
Q; Is gaming a normal recreation?
Q: Can applicable skills be developed from gaming?
Q: Is gaming a destructive ingredient to a productive society?
O: Is the world better/worse off with the popularity of gaming?
Q: Am I simply too narrow-minded to understand gaming?
I honestly cringe when I see young kids immersed in a video game and am even more perplexed at adults immersed in it.
To those who recommend I try it and maybe gain a different perspective: I have given it a true try and still cannot understand the lure and popularity.