I agree with most of that... particularly when you think of such online wonders as Second Life.
Really, if you incapable of having a successful real life, what makes you think youre going to have a successful Second Life? Note that success doesnt mean good job, house in the burbs, 2.3 children of indeterminate gender etc.
I also find modern games almost completely lack playability, let alone replay value. I have no idea how many hours I spent playing Galaga, or Bubble Bobble, but I kept going back pump another 20 cents in. Thing is, you could play those games like a motherfucker. Shit, people are still setting various records for some of those old games. Just watch King of Kong.
That said, Full Pipe look interesting. I'm not so hung up on physical ownership of software, mostly because I have excellent storage facilities. Then again, I do have a very large collection of original software for my Commodore C16/+4 hardware, that I have carefully built up over the last 8 years.