I just found some postulations on the relationship between games and reality, that I would like to discuss with you:
a) productivity: reality is unproductive compared to games. games give us clear tasks and practical things to do, that give us gratitude.
b) meaning: reality is trivial when compared to games. games allow us to be part of something bigger and our actions have epic meaning.
c) gratification/reward: in comparison to games reality is ungreatful. games make us feel gratified/rewarded accordingly to our efforts/accomplishments.
d) success: compared to games reality is hopeless/unwinnable. games take away our fears of failure and raise our chances of success.
e) intensity: compared to games reality is difficult to access. games stimulate us to be more intensively engaged in what we do.
summarized: games ask a lot of work from people and also stimulate people to work. and they deliver emotional happiness in exchange.
What do you think about this?!?!! Hope to hear some thoughts!!!
Source for this is a master thesis on gamification in an educational context, that was citing a work on the relationship between computer games and reality. I think these postulations are an interesting starting point for thinking about games in general.
[Source: McGonigal (2012) McGonigal, Jane Gaspar, M. (2012). Besser als die Wirklichkeit! Warum wir von Computerspielen profitieren und wie sie die Welt verändern. Heyne, München. Zitiert in: Pfeiffer, Daniel: Gamification in Moodle: Lehre im nächsten Level. Diplomarbeit. BoD, ISBN: 9783746091877, Wien 2018, S. 24. I just quickly translated it - happy to get input on better wording ]