Come on now with your ad hominem, that wasn't even an attack, and you're not exempt from it either mr "you are rationalizing your gaming way too much". My point was that as with books, painting and literally any other form of art video games are neutral. What I was saying is that playing them in a way that leads you to sin is a problem, as much as it would be reading degenerate books and appreciating lewd paintings. Thus I think that experiences with video games, as it would with other artistic mediums, teach you more about your own predisposition than about their actual nature. Is the problem of someone who reads lewd books the fact that books exist, or that he is seeking those kind of books? Your pornography argument is a fallacy, pornography is a degenerate artistic genre, that's why you don't have one type of pornography, but rather erotic books, lewd pictures, and proper pornographic videos. Seeking pornography fits perfectly in the scenario of seeking lewd books I mentioned above. This is why I say that no artistic medium but should be banned, but rather than specific genres or themes should be banned : pornography, erotic, overly romantic books, gambling games, shooter games akin to Call of Duty, etc.We obviously do disagree, because you keep rationalizing, how useful video games are and use ad hominem arguments. I did not have a particularly bad experience with video games, just an absolute average one. They are a huge waste of time, they lead you away from God and what is important, are addictive and lead you to sin, as stated above. When a grown man has free time, he should be reading, learning and spending time with his family. It is ridiculous stating that video games teach you that much. They just do not. Rather they are highly repetitive. My examples were obviously hyperbolical in nature and meant to be somewhat funny. Went right over your head. By the way, saying video games per se are not the problem, is like saying pornography per se is not the problem, but our urges. And that last paragraph is not only an ad hominem, but a literal straw man.
Bottom point is that I think you are rationalizing your gaming way too much. But I do not want to get too argumentative here anyway, as that is against the rules.
I don't know your age, but I guess that if you're older than me then you have indeed more important things to do. Right now I'm just about to enter the workplace, and I pray God that in the future playing video games will be the last thing on my mind. For now I have no family of my own, live in a city studio due to my studies, etc so obviously I have more free time to responsibly enjoy video games.
In any case, I don't think video games teach you "that much". Actually some games can even teach you technical skills (flight simulator, etc). But for most of them, the good ones at least, they are stories. They don't teach you things, but they hopefully expand your sensibility and perception, same as a good written story would. Granted less and less games are of the necessary quality.