Life need checkpoints; messing up is far too consequential for me to take real risks. But regardless, I can't play games anymore even when I have weeks with nothing else to do. The repulsive current state of gaming aside, they don't seem worth the time investment somehow, even though I can still watch anime and kill time online (though my capacity is lower than it used to be and after a while I have to go do something else). I can't even imagine immersing myself in an RPG like Morrowind or KOTOR anymore. I have good memories of that time, though. >>2
I didn't start playing games heavily til around high school but realize now that I wasted a lot of important developmental time and ended up really gimping my social abilities. And even though that article is about autists being drawn to games, I wonder what sort of effects they'll have on current kids' once they grow up. As soon as they can hold one, they're handed tablets loaded with ridiculously hyperactive games that can make Touhou on lunatic look reasonably paced, and I've even seen kids playing on one device while watching and listening to a show on another. Some of them act like actual drug addicts. Making that the norm from such an early age can't be a good thing.