I agree with you on a lot of points, what I hate is people putting the blame on console gamers. Yes most people want games to be designed for simplicity and quick gratification, doesn't mean that that's what true console gamers like us true PC gamers want, the gaming market is booming so it attracts more and more people, and we all know that the great majority of the humanity are stupid sheeps, it may be offensive but that's the case.
I also hate people always putting the blame on devellopers, those guys for the most part are guys like us who only want to produce the better game as humanly possible and be paid for it, but publishers only se $$ signs and keep forcing them to dumb down their games, be it console or Pc franchises alike. Consoles games used to be hard as nail as were PC games back then, even though those were my childhood games I'm glad that they made games more accessible, I just don't want them to go to far and ruining the very soul of gaming.
You just described what's wrong with gaming today. It no longer is "a few gamers making l33t games in their basements."
Now it's just a soulless business trying to milk people out of their money. At least 90% of it is.
As for the console gamers getting the blame, and I said before, the problem is that if it weren't for consoles, then gaming wouldn't have gone mainstream, and hence it could have still been left uncorrupted by the corporate world. It's not that console gamers aren't "hardcore gamers" it's that 90% casual gamers are console gamers, which unfortunately leads to the misunderstanding that all console gamers are brainless twats. (which isn't true of course)