I learned two languages playing video games and I started to like programming, math, physics and chemistry even more than before. It doesn't sound like a childish waste of time at all.
Besides, let's not forget that the gaming industry is almost recession-proof. Since 2007-08 people began to stop spending money on many things, but not on videogames. Because no matter what, people want to enjoy life and have fun.
Video gaming is a hobby just like watching catroons or building things with LEGO. "Being adult" does NOT mean being an old grumpy who cannot enjoy life. It means you have to make important choices and to face responsibilities, to respect other people and their opinions and thoughts.
And it is much better to shoot people in video games than in real life, isn't it?
The first comment is pure gold:
"So, yeah, I grew up in a time when game consoles were seen as mere toys and, no matter when you grow up, “toys” are things you are expected to grow out of."
Yeah, and that is absolute b******t. Being an adult means being responsible and rational, it doesn't mean abandoning imagination. Yet there's an inordinate amount of people who believe you have to grow out of things like watching cartoons, playing with toys and generally anything that involves having an active imagination.
I'm sorry, but you'll never convince me that being an adult involves leading a boring, rutinary life. If I want to give free rein to my imagination, I will. If I want to build transforming robots out of LEGO, I will. If I want to spend the entire afternoon watching Dexter's Lab, I will. If I want to take a box of colored pencils and draw pages and pages of dinosaurs with laser eye beams, I will.
And F**K what other people think about that. Let them drown in their miserable boredom, I will have a life as fun as I want to. My job is already depressing, I don't need my daily life to be depressing too.