Playing games for me is different than it is for many real gamers. I play games like someone would play a slot machine. You pull the lever, things line up, maybe some treasure falls out. It's kind of mind numbing and for me it relieves stress. I don't like games to be at all challenging, I just like them to let me zone out for a while.
...that my experience is probably not representative of many other people who like video games. I was remarking that I know people who take on video games as more of a full time hobby or a main hobby, and they feel like they get all kinds of other stuff out of it that maybe isn't part of my experience. So video gamers: How does gaming fit into your life? What benefits do you feel you get out of it? What are the negatives, if any?