It's an interesting observation Soundwave (said in Starscream's voice). I think the answer is in this thread. It's pretty clear that the most outspoken consumers of video games, on forums and in media, have actually devolved over the last decades. We've grown up physically -- the average age of a video game player is 31 -- but we've regressed intellectually. In hoping to prove the industry and ourselves "grown up" we've embraced some very immature ideas about what video games should be.
Honestly, those little kids who played NES and Genesis after school were a lot more open-minded and curious than the video game vanguard today.