If you want to produce & develop your own games then you should consider how much time you will spend on playing games. This matters to all game developers: the beginning and more advanced developers. Scott Miller (3D Realms) admits he got addicted to World of Warcraft and mentions how playing the game has an impact on productivity!
So, I’m about 10 minutes away from being a level 32 warrior, but I can’t see myself playing too much longer, if only because this game is such a black hole of lost productivity (as the lack of blog updates indicates!).
The bottom line: If you spend your time on playing computer games then you will have less time to develop them. If you spend very much time on playing games and enjoy the situation – then fine. Just make sure it’s a conscious choice for you. Playing games impacts your productivity.
I’m not suggesting you to totally stop playing games – I think that would be a bad move. Other games can give you inspiration, motivate and give ideas for your own games. Just don’t get addicted to playing too much.