Last I checked, Tetris isn't unpopular, quite the opposite. I get what you're saying about everything else, though.
Honestly, I don't know why so many people bring up Call of Duty as an example of a popular game; I only know two people who have played any CoD game (granted, most of the people I know hate FPS games). On the other hand, even my grandmother played Tetris.
When I brought up getting interested in maths and mythology because of games, I don't necessarily mean games under the 'educational' genre, they were regular ones. For example, it was Final Fantasy 7 that got me reading Heidegger as a 13 year old, and it was the Sim City series (of all games) that got me questioning why we 'need' police departments and government funded schools even before that.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that video games have unintentionally(?) got me interested in things that I normally would've ignored as a kid.
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