SCiARA wrote: Just leave them to their Wii's
To be honest, I completely understand why it's happening. Its simple economics. Games like Mass Effect and Fallout cost so much to create, in time as well as money, and it must suck to see your awesome game outsold by a game made in week and packaged for the morons who play nintendo piss.
There is only so much you can take. Appealing to harcore gamers may be the designers goal but realistically it'll be hard to justify that to the people who fund the games. They're fronting money not because they love the game, not because they care about making us happy. They want a return on their investment and when games made cheaply are so poular why would they continue to fund quality games aimed a limited audience? Designers have to be willing to meet them halfway to secure future funding.
There are still loads of quality games being made and as long you enjoy playing them it doesn't matter if they're marketed at casual gamers too.
But when a game is fundamentally changed in order to attract new gamers at the cost of losing old ones then developers need to take a long hard look in the mirror and realise why they got into games in the first place.