This is a post about something I don't understand. So I'll skirt around a topic and probably never reach firm conclusions. You have been warned.
I do understand that how someone experiences a game is shaped by expectations. And whatever experiences people have are what they are -- I'm never going to say feelings aren't valid. But what I don't understand is where those expectations come from and why, at least among certain vocal communities, expectations seem to be getting narrower over time rather than broader. Even though the availability of a broad range of games has only improved.
Maybe it's easiest to start with an example that does make sense.