Do you summon demons or "hidden forces", "the energy", "spirits of nature" "pagan gods" (all of these are demons in disguise) or something similar? or said spells or performed magial procedures while playing this game? or some kind of demonic or pagan ritual?
If you're not doing any of that I don't see what is the sin.
Sorcery is a sin because it involves dealing with demons, whether the sorcerer knows it or not, and we cannot serve God and the Devil. We must choose one of them. Either we serve God, or we serve the Devil, but they aren't compatible.
Well no, it's not like that. A player announces that this or that model will attempt to cast this or that spell. He then has to roll dice, his opponent may attempt to prevent the attempt by using dice of his own. Once it is resolved whether the spell is "cast", the effects of the spell according to the rules of the game are applied. So for example an enemy unit receives so and so many hits and that results in a certain number of models being removed from the board. Most of the game works like a traditional wargame and the wizards are more of an addition as well as other fantasy elements. Basically it's a huge game of chess but with much more rules and it includes dice so that players have to account for a certain amount of randomness to occur.
This would be the only concern I would have. And even then, it's debatable whether just pressing a button that signifies a "spell" on a keyboard or controller even constitutes sorcery. Because we have to remember the legalistic nature of the demonic. Sorcery isn't as simple as having some made-up sigil and pressing an input command. When I play Elden Ring, me pressing an input command to provide a "buff" for my character that is labeled a "spell" or "blessing" in the game isn't genuine sorcery.
It's just fantasy and I would only be concerned about occasions of sin and whether or not this hobby serves as a vice.
I personally still play the occasional video game and when I do I have to ask myself whether the content of the game is an occasion of sin and whether I'm getting "addicted" to it and its turning into a vice which takes away from my duties to my family and God.
We have to keep in mind that any hobby can turn into a vice, even something as benign as woodworking or piano if it isn't properly ordered.
if it's just pressing a button that signifies a "spell" on a keyboard or controller, and the character throws (for example) a fireball it's ok. for me. But if the character begins to recite a spell or summons a demon, then I would refuse to play or see that. The fireball is fantasy, it has nothing to do with real sorcery, but the other thing is like real sorcery.
On the other hand, most gamers sin against temperance. If you play 2 or 3 hours a week you are not doing anything wrong, but if you play 40 hours a week (as incredible as it may seem there are people who play video games 40 or even more hours a week) and you neglect your obligations then you are sinning. Personally, I prefer traditional games like table tennis or table football. But when I cannot access them, because there are no people available, there isn't money or you cannot go because we are in quarantine or they ask for Green Pass, then video games are a substitute for me. They are very cheap in terms of cost per hour and can be played at home. But I play 2-3 hours a week, I'm not an ICEL who spends all day playing in his mother's basement, the problem is that this last profile is too common, and that can't be ignored when it comes to talk about this topic.
There are also games that are inherently sinful, like games that contain sɛҳuąƖ immorality or blasphemy.
Violence in games, if I'm not mistaken, is not necessarily a sin because it isn't real violence, nobody is suffering, unless the game recreates it and influences the player to recreate it, in which case they would be sinning due to bad thoughts. For example GTA. But violence like Mario, Zelda, a shooter that doesn't have blood or dismember body parts etc, which the violence is there but the game doesn't recreate it, it's not a sin for the average man.
A problem with video games is that they are very modern, the industry was developed in the 80s. So, just as the cinema became more and more immoral around that time, video games were born when this immorality was becoming more and more common.
At least I understand it that way.
Thank you. I played video games in the past but had to cut them out of my life because I simply get horribly addicted when I play them. Since these tabletop games require at least one other player in the real life and some preparation, I spend perhaps one evening per month on them. The time investment is mainly the time which is required to paint the miniatures, but it's a recreative way to relax in the evening and I always listen to audio books (or the Dimonds) while doing so.