I'm breaking my absolute, this-is-my-style-every-time review format for this movie. But then, I think I may have just broken a lot of habits.
I'm a gamer. An AVID gamer. So much so that, with my creative nature, I was soon driven to create my own games, and at 18, I'm now a decent, self-marketed computer game designer and programmer. I have a deep love of all things game-related, even indulging in a free-to-play MMO, Mabinogi.
I know what keeps me gaming in my case: I'm competitive. Highly so, which is why any game that's played with other players drives me to constantly play & improve. Yet... You hit the nail on the head, just along the same lines of thought I've been traveling for a while.
Are games bad? Nope. Gamers? Game programmers? No and no. But... When we let them get too out-of-balance, when the games themselves start claiming our lives... What's it worth? You're absolutely right, the games themselves have NO RELEVANCE WHATSOEVER to our real lives.
I've been leaning this way for a while, slowly making some changes. Am I going to stop playing and making games? Heck no. But I'm not going to let meaningless play take over my life any more.
Thanks for the boot in the rear; I needed that. You, sir, are a great leader of the people.