There's something soothing about the streamlined gameplay loop of Elite: Dangerous.
I think my favorite part is how the game's reward structure is also the fun part of the game. I don't feel like I'm being encouraged to do something I don't want to do in order to do something I want to do.
Oh dear, now I'm wanting to start a blog for video game pontification. I'm sure it'll pass... who needs a blog when you have mastodon? :)