To those saying "there are tons of other fun things" yes i suppose....but aren't video games just the fuckin best?
Which is exactly the reason that makes them dangerous. It's both a fun and easy choice, also an easy way out.
The risk here is that a game with a long career mode comes along and takes precedence over any other pastime. Which is already bad enough. In the extreme taking prolonged or even permanent precedence over (home)work, duties and honesty is basically the clinical definition of Gaming Disorder.
Similar thinking also lead to the worldwide obesity epidemic, Isn't sweet taste just the best? - So, the industry started to spike every food and beverage with sugar, while ads convinced consumers that taste, preference and convenience are the only things they should care about.
The single most important condition for academic success, is a willingness to voluntarily engage in any kind of learning. If the kid in his mind has "better" things to do, then that's it.