Levels, feats, experience, skills, gadgets, magic items... These are the things a power gamer craves.
They're missing out.
Connections. That's what leads to true power in a game.
Palpatine: Anakin, you must understand that while symbolism can be powerful, sometimes it must be backed up.
Anakin: Oh, I know, Chancellor. I'm on your side.
Anakin: Why do you think I've kept your little game secret? Protected you?
Palpatine: The Peace Moon is to be a deterrent; an implement of last resort. To maintain the peace.
Anakin: With a weapon capable of destroying a planet.
Palpatine: It is never to be used!
Anakin: Yet you felt you had to hide it from the Senate.
Palpatine: They would never knowingly sanction such a thing. It was the only way.
Anakin: You wouldn't want them to find out about this. I am married to a Senator.
Palpatine: What do you want?
Anakin: The same thing as you. Peace for the Galaxy.
Palpatine: Oh, well. I'm glad we're on the same page then.