Honestly, the most fun thing to do is both. Stories in books can have an advantage because you get to use your own imagination, but equally games' stories can have the advantage of being more expansive than a book's and being more stimulating because of the interaction aspect. They're different mediums, not counteracting forces, all good in their own ways!
I find my gaming habits have been deeply influenced by my reading habits--that is, I am a fan of fantasy/sci-fi, rich narratives, complex characters. The games I love (Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Dishonored) are a lot like the books I love (Farseer Trilogy, Harry Potter, LOTR) in that they are layered, epic stories told through the eyes of memorable characters. If you can give me a great story, I don't care what medium you've chosen to tell it--novel, video game, tv show, movie--I'm game.
This is why I play games with text. Reading and video games!
As a new parent, I want this to be true for me, but I feel like I've lost my mental endurance to sit down and read. Playing a video game is easier when I'm exhausted at the end of the day, but I'm having serious cognitive dissonance because I recognize many of the pros you point out.
Thoughts on getting back into reading? Maybe I need the right book. Kingkiller Chronicle has been my favorite to date.
Sounds like you need a Nintendo Switch.
So, not to upend your recently renewed love for the written word but I am in the same situation as you and the Nintendo Switch revolutionized the way I fit gaming into my day. It perfectly allows me to fit small bits of gaming into my day just like I am able to read a few pages of a book or solve a few numbers of a sudoku puzzle. Anyway, keep up on the reading but if you want to fit in some gaming as well I cannot recommend the Switch enough.
> Lastly, novels provide more satisfying and rich narrative than a lot of games do. One day maybe I'll game again, but I'm glad to rediscover reading.
Depends on the game, and the novel.
Get a switch or something portable
I only play strategy games now anyway. Things like Hearts of Iron 4, EU4 and Crusader Kings.
The thing that video games possess for me that books just don't, is the ability to influence events and see how that influences the narrative further on.
Perhaps you guys should look at different genres or indie titles? Some of them don't require you to sit for hours, even though a book makes me sit for longer than any game!