Any "settings" come in the form of easy-to-read dials or buttons.
I'd wish that would be the case. Most home appliances have absolutely horrible user interfaces, completely meaningless symbols instead of text are extremely common. If you get text, it's often squished in some tiny LCD display that requires all worlds to be abbreved. Some functions are only accesible via magical key combinations. Manuals are just as bad, as they tend to explain half a dozens variations of a product at once, while you of course only own a single one of them and so on.
Computer interfaces aren't exactly great either, but overall they are far cleaner and more logical then most of the stuff I have seen in home appliances. The only reason why home appliances don't cause more trouble is because their functionality is so limited that you can memorize the one or two button sequences that make them work and ignore most of the other features they offer.
The big problem with open webcams and such is that they use default passwords in the first place. Those really should outlawed and considered a violation of product safety. There is no reason for them to exist. The other big issues is that the devices aren't transparent for the user. If the webcam is broadcasting things to the Internet, there is no user visible indication that it is doing so. This one is harder to fix, but with all the fancy tech we have, it shouldn't be impossible to get a wireless status report from a device telling you what it's doing. Most devices of course allow that already in some form, but not with a standard interface or protocol.
She then gets what is pretty universally considered a mediocre game at best to have amazing reviews
Could you stop repeating those lies please. Depression Quest is a Freeware game that got *zero* reviews.
But every new game they put out has been an iteratively improved copy of a lower-tech game with great gameplay put out by someone else.
Was Lost Vikings inspired by anything in particular? RPM Racing and Blackthorn took a lot of inspiration from RC Pro Am and Flashback, but I can't think of anything that quite matches Lost Vikings.
The person who's taking you to lunch has no intention of paying.