I don't disagree with any individual thing you said, but you talk as if minecraft is not worth playing or hosting.
These casual games of yours don't do anything for me to wind down, they're designed to give your brain a breather, a quick burst of dopamine from beating the level, or more often, fueling the addiction that intices you to buy in-game credit. Jewery.
I live in the city, and for me minecraft is halfway between having the time for a walk in that shitty park and having the time to spend a few days in the woods.
I don't have the time to be part of a minecraft community, but it's nice to be able to run in to someone and show off stuff in-person. Heck, even just seeing signs of life scattered throughout the world makes it that much more interesting.