Think about it. Pretty much any other form of entertainment is much more accessible than gaming. Want to read a book? Buy one for 20 bucks or less, then read it. Want to watch a movie? Go to a theater, or use a streaming service (Netflix), or pop in a Blu-Ray, etc etc... Want to listen to music? Buy a song or album for $20-$30 (maybe cheaper), stream it online, download it onto your phone, etc etc...
A brand-new movie for $15 - $20 in the movie theater or a new Blu-ray release for $15 - $20 will entertain you for 2 - 3 hours.
Most brand-new games for $40 - $70, less than one year old games for $20 - $40 and a bit older games for $5 - $20 will entertain you for dozens of hours.
Gaming is a lot cheaper per hour than watching new movies.
But with video games, there are *much* more barriers. Want to play a video game? First, buy either a $300-$500 game console, or $1000 gaming PC. Then, let's pay EVEN MORE money for the games themselves! $60, Brilliant! Oh, the console you bought doesn't play every game you wanted to play? Well, time to buy ANOTHER console, amiright?! Oh, is your PC not powerful enough? Too bad! I know you could use the argument, "But you need a TV or monitor to watch movies, and you have to buy individual movies as well." Except... it's not NEARLY as expensive an investment as gaming! Not to mention, you need things like a TV or monitor for games as well (handhelds excluded), on top of all the other things I listed!
First, buy a used Xbox One S for around $100, then buy GamePass for a few bucks per month. Enjoy all these games for a few bucks per month, including new games, classics, AAA games, AA games and indie games...
Or buy a last gen console with dozens of games included for around $100...
Or buy a used PC for $100 - $200 and play free games (f.e. the Epic freebies every week, many itch.io games), very cheap games (Humble bundles, Steam deals, GOG classics, Indiegala bundles, Fanatical bundles...)
Or buy a Switch lite for $200 and buy cheap eShop games...
Or play games on the device you already have (smartphone, tablet)... between the shovelware there are also very good games (most of them port from other systems)
And if your child/relative/friend can't play with normal controllers: buy him/her an Xbox adaptive controller.
Gaming has never been as affordable and accessible than today.
Last edited by Conina - on 10 April 2020