I dont think its matter of either or, games can be both if designed well for that task. The other major issue I have with these conversations is that, many people forget the word "fun" is subjective. I have fun playing Advanced Squad Leader but am bored playing memoir 44. Many others the other way around. It all comes down to personal preference.
Thank you for leaving a comment. I always try to reply as soon as I can, so why not pop back later and continue the conversation. In the meantime, keep rolling high!