I agree that somewhere in time games went from an pleasurable escape to being on par with real life. I recall Mario Brothers, Need for Speed, Wolfenstein were games that required some focus and a degree of curiosity and persistence. Games like Halo and Call of Duty require focus and determination akin to a studying for an exam and thus I've tossed many a controller in disgust at times when my abilities come up short in completing the tasks.
In fact, I have absolutely no interest playing the online variants of games like Halo - having 10-15 year olds out perform you and taunt you is a level of crap I don't need. I get enough of that in the real world, 9-5 M-F thank you very much.