Man you know honestly I don't have much interest in physical intimacy, period.
But honestly I'm not even that interested in like emotional intimacy either? I get lonely sometimes but that particular drive to like, go out and date or make friends with people is just not there for me. I've never dated anyone. I don't want to /start/ at any point. idk why.
This has no impact on my gaming habits though.
I began preferring "alone" to "intimate" in my mid-late 20's. It is a far easier existence that, while I could look at it as slightly disordered, REALLY helps keep me focused on what I truly care about. Not that there is anything wrong with liking women and dating but there was a point during which the femme fatale were an all consuming preoccupation for me somewhat akin to a chemical addiction.
Now, I'm not saying living like I do now is right. Outside of my professional life, this forum is the most social I become. I am however saying that with too much focus on others, it is easy to turn a blind eye to what you really value.
So in short Mesh, what I am getting at is this. Based on my experience it is not you who is missing out on anything by not dating or being a social animal but rather he who can not sit comfortably by himself who IS MISSING out on getting to know himself. From my perspective the ability to be comfortable by your lonesome speaks volumes about your strength, awareness and emotional health.
Definitely put me in the camp that if you can't enjoy gaming right now, this is probably not the entertainment medium for you - there is more selection and more tastes catered to than EVER before in its history.
Thank goodness someone else finally said it!!!!! Far more concisely than I did BTW. I have a knack for being long-winded I supposed. I truly swear the only way you can be unhappy as a modern gamer is if you just flat-out don't like gaming. And even if you claim to hate gaming, I still contend you just haven't stumbled upon your preferred tastes yet due to non-exposure.
Between phones, tablets, consoles, PC's, browser games, text based games, and God knows what else, everyone from my mother to my co-workers 6 year old kid likes some type of freakin' game.
I think the biggest let-down when exploring a hobby such as gaming is when you attempt to use it to suit other needs. In other words, I for one have a daily pre-requisite for expending creative energy on something. Be it tattooing, sculpting, drawing or writing I simply CANNOT enjoy much of anything until I get that nervous energy out. The inherent need for me to do something creative on a daily basis is like an itch that I have to scratch on a pretty consistent basis. I have at times tried to "take days off" and fill em with gaming/recreation and DAMN DO I FEEL ITCHY!!! (translation: dissatisfied with everything else I do)
I will admit to sometimes falling prey to liking gaming too much. That is, I begin to erroneously allow the hobby to suit certain needs that it simply should not. Case and point, my love of compelling characters has certainly filled the role of having living role models to an extent. I also tend to enjoy narrative through gaming so much so that it has all but totally replaced reading novels and watching tv/movies. I am aware this sort of fulfillment is slightly misplaced and I enjoy my hobby a wee bit more than I probably should but screw it, I chalk it up to knowing what I like and forgiving myself for over-indulging a bit.