For example: right now there is a small group of genderqueer video gamers screaming bloody murder about Ace Attorney 5,
You could have left that in its dark corner.
Why would they use a pedaling mechanism instead of a rowing mechanism?
It looks like it's hard enough already to stay nearly stationary.
I suspect it was Vista that marked the beginning of the fall.
I suspect it's more the failure to come with a timely and interesting successor to XP. Vista was 'too little, too late'. It also caused IE to drop market share and happened way before netbooks, tablets or smart phones became a factor.