Remember when the basic pleasure of gaming was largely free? Oh yes, you bought the software (except for Venomhed and Spume, gaming is always free for them) but you know, you didn't have to pay a monthly fee for DM? There was the occasional MMO, but hell, they were actually games and gave good return.
It's like this stuff comes in cycles. First crash of games in the 80s then a recover ensues, which everything is cool and creativity flourishes for a large time afterward. Now in the pursuit of absolute profit at the cost of sacrificing creativity, we have lesser games, micro-charges for minuscule "features", and dead-head MMOs. I'm not saying another crash will occur, but I'm not really liking where gaming is going. Especially with this vaunted "HD-generation" of gaming the PS3/360 is purporting. Too much emphasis on graphics and not enough on gameplay.
All hail the Wii (or the Revolution in consideration of nin).