but it's like... er.. playing games
And that's bad?
As above - I think well rounded tastes are a good thing. It's oversimplistic to say that say, reading is good, or conversation, and gaming is bad. Your conversation could entirely be vacuous gossip, your reading material could be Mills and Boon, and your games could be properly interesting and thought provoking.
- GTAIV was like watching a good gangster movie, I reckon.
- The Cave (little platform puzzle game downloaded) was pretty difficult and amused me greatly. Not so different to doing a puzzle from the newspaper.
- Gran Turismo and smilar, driving games, require supreme accuracy and skill, much like snooker or darts, but with an added high speed real-time element for a bit of endorphin action
- I haven't played it yet but I own The Last of Us, a thriller closely based on The Road by Cormac McCarthy. If that's not grown up, I don't know what is. It's meant to be very profound and serious.
Grown-up games are no different to grown-up films or books, they are just interactive media. As gamers have grown up, so has gaming.