Games are known to be a popular form of entertainment. They enable us to fill idle time with interesting but inconsequential activity. They also keep us from being engaged in actions and activities that might be deemed dangerous. Games exist for virtually every age group from infancy through adulthood.
The Waiting Game is just as much as game as any other and is played for the same reasons. It consists in thinking of a future event, then choosing to wait to see whether or not it will become manifest on its own accord, without our having to devote time or effort. When it is played by a child, we tell them that nothing worth having materializes without effort. When it is played by another adult, we tell them to "put some skin in the game." When we choose to play it, we tell ourselves that we are being careful.
The Waiting Game is the most dangerous game that has ever been played. It enables a person to stand still while a moving platform is under his or her feet. Inevitably, the platform will end and the person will discover that they have nothing on which to stand. That is the likely outcome for much of Christianity and their wait for a Messiah.