Taking the video game element out of it, isn't it just the electronic equivalent of toys?
I was mad into loads of stuff, probably cost my parents hundreds of pounds over the years, we all did.
How much would a decent set of Masters of the Universe cost? Or Turtles? Or Thundercats. Not a full set but a decent set, something like two or three vehicles, a playset and maybe five of six figures?
£120 - £180 depending on the brand and what do they do after you've lost all the little plastiki things and buried them, arse up, in the garden?
Showing my age here, but in this case I can only see it as an ace thing and wish I had it when I was a kid. Instead of buying and action figure and using my imagination, which you can still do very, very much so, I could also play with a fantasy world on my console, that only improves with each action figure you buy.
Not seeing this is showing how old you've become.