You can play a game for 1,000 hours, but it doesn't mean that you're enjoying it. We've all seen that video of RuneScape gold someone who gives a negative Steam review that has more than 5000 hours recorded. However, let's face it this isn't the case anymore.
I've spent countless minutes into Fallout 4, and I could have had fun with about five of them. The rest was just the promise of enjoyment, along with the bloody 'kill and loot then return' gameplay loop tricking my stupid brain into thinking that it was having fun. Then I've heard what you've said about Skyrim and you've returned to it yet again. This is pathetic for all of us.
And Old School RuneScape? I don't know. It's easy to spot one of these timesink games: they consume your life and you then complain about it online. But RuneScape is different. When I'm not playing, I'm still not sure I have an opinion about it. I simply notice the music in my head, and feel a attraction to it. It was discovered that it was an error on my mobile. My family haven't been in touch with me for several days.
RuneScape was among the pioneers, a game solely focused on engagement, which doesn't need to be in tandem with having fun. This isn't to say that both are incompatible It's just that there are methods to keep you entertained even when you're not having fun.
RuneScape also happens to be one of the best in what it does. I've been enjoying the fan documentary, RuneScape Historical Timeline 1998 to 2020, that focuses on cheap OSRS GP the development (it really has consumed all areas of my existence) and the creators were surprised at the players' ability to max out stats in just a few months, instead of years.