While gaming is more accessible than ever right now, and that's arguably a good thing, I would argue that right now is the WORST time for gaming in the history of ever. It's going the same route as movies to a degree. Games are filled with sterilized corporate bullshit, polished and focus tested to the nth degree. It's monopolized, with three (possibly 4 I'll get to that) owning most of the art form-- and they're ALL bad. There's little to no respect for the art yet, games are released in horrible, not even half finished states, they're filled with shitty corporate messages and themes, etc. etc.
Remember Fallout 76? How everybody, EVERYBODY was shitting on Bethesda and genuinely getting angry about it? Not only how horrible the game was, but how horrible Bethesda were handling it. Nowadays, nobody even worries about it any more. People say shit like "if you don't like it, don't play it", without considering that it's the fact that anybody is playing it is the issue.
All of these horrible corporate practices that make Hollywood look like an indie developer are being SUPPORTED by your average layman because they don't understand what they're messing with.
Not to mention companies like Valve, who have a monopoly on digital game distribution. Valve are INCREDIBLY unfair and disrespectful when it comes to the game developers they support, taking even a third of their profits, when less than half of that is more than enough to support themselves.
To put it simply, and to cut this autism rant short, videogames as an artform aren't respected, and it's incredibly easy to make shitty games that people will eat up and make you money.
Video games aren't thought of as an art, to be created with passion and love, but rather a product or a toy, made by companies to distract them.
It's all so tiring. As a hardcore hobbyist, it hits me more than most