"Elfgames" seems to be occasionally used to refer to fantasy RPGs that are perceived as generic or escapist.
Where does the term come from and what was it originally used for?
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What it's used for is easy. It's a tongue in cheek description of fantasy tabletop RPGs (mostly D&D) intended to say "We're just adults having fun - none of us should be taking this too seriously".
Google found me it being used in 2011 but nothing in 2010 which feels about right - and it seems to have spread from and around the Something Awful RPG forums (which are a lot nicer than the rest of the site). From there it mostly spread to RPG.net. Five years ago the Pathfinder/4e edition wars were still blazing and people needed to remind each other not to take it seriously.
Edit: for some links most of the SomethingAwful stuff is now archived alas - here's a rare example from the Paizo boards (from someone who at least was a regular at SomethingAwful). To get at it you need access to their archives or to find goldmined threads like this one from 2012. Here's a thread from RPG.net from 2013 discussing how it's used.