I was just about to ask about that here... it's like, I'm 31 years old, this is gonna hurt my eyes, bro... "Oh cool, I see shiny lines on my walls whenever I look away from the screen, that's great" hashtag make the theme great again
Holy shit, Darklands. So, if my post of Planescape Torment isn't enough. Yes, I like reading in general. I generally make an effort to read lore and stuff, to try and get more into the game. In some games, that stuff is just boring or seems generic, and that dampens my enjoyment of the game (Spellforce, Torchlight, League of Legends). And if it's good, it enhances my enjoyment (Mass Effect, Darklands, Dungeons of Dredmor).
Didn't read the entire post. But some games I beat this year that I really enjoyed were Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, Hitman: Absolution, Batman: Arkham Asylum, The Witcher, Rainbow Six: Raven Shield, Fallout 4, Red Faction: Guerilla and Half-Life: Source.
Most of the time I don't play current games anyway, because I find them too expensive. I didn't even buy Fallout 4 when it was new, even though that's one of my favorite series of games. Sometimes I buy new indie games at a lower price, but only if I feel they're worth it.