The most rewarding feeling in games is seeing a result that shows significant improvement of my performance in gameplay. Example; Super Meat Boy. Failing 100 times on Ch. 6, then deciding to go try Ch. 2 Dark World instead and just decimating it after all that practice. Shows you didn't fail for nothing.
Have a co-worker who's had one for 4 years and is just now needing to overhaul his rig. By the way, buying pre-built IMO is a pretty good idea. Maybe it will be a bit more expensive than building your own, but your saving yourself a lot of trouble and headaches.
I buy a lot of older games I've never played before, so that keeps things interesting. You sound like you've played a lot though.
Yeah I don't know, I think everyone goes through this at some point in their life. Some people take up other hobbies on top of games. Others, I guess, just drop it entirely and do something else. You know, like go outside and stuff.
You can't call Watchdogs a beloved franchise when it doesn't have a single released product. That game isn't anything until it actually comes out, so don't go all high and mighty on it just yet. That would be unwise.