your ability to use the input of your choosing,
This isn't a console problem specifically. That's a nintendo/microsoft/3rd party dev problem. Ps2, Ps3 and Ps4 all support standard devices over USB should the developers so choose.
Oh no, the problem is much worse than you think. All Xbox consoles have USB; you only need an adaptor cable for the original Xbox, and both successors have USB ports — hell, the xbone has USB3. The Wii and its successor both have USB. And yet none of these consoles let you use non-proprietary USB input devices, at least not without substantial trickery. Keyboards are the exception, of course, but you can't play most games with them.
You dismiss several other problems with console gaming as being a problem with specific companies, but it does not matter whose fault it is. The issues are real issues either way.
That's a feature on consoles. Games should be able to stand on their own.
That is not a feature. Also, some console games can be modded, but it's a massive pain in the ass. People still do it. Because it's a massive PITA it's not really a valid platform feature, but because people still do it it's clearly a desired one.
So far, you are batting zero.
Graphical fidelity isn't bad to begin with on consoles.
Compared to PCs, it is very poor. This makes a massive difference for some types of game.
Also, at what cost? Fiddly drivers, OSes and other things to futz around with?
Here's your valid point. This is the only benefit to console gaming. But may I remind you of the RROD, and other massive console failures?
Not to mention to power all of that means I need some big noisy video card and CPU or fiddle around with low noise cooling solutions. Generally, not my idea of fun.
Game consoles not made by Nintendo are now noisy as fuck and easily cook themselves.
Again, that's not feature. Seriously, not having to deal with other processes running in the background? Feature.
Because you don't use it, it's not a feature. You are self-centered. Try thinking about other people for more than two seconds and you can leave an insightful comment, too.
Any worth playing? Any worth making the absolute remark that PC gaming is superior? Should I trash my PS3 because I can't play Papers Please on it?
Exclusives are commonly used as a reason why consoles are good. But there are more of them on the PC; indeed, there are more PC games that won't run on consoles than there are games for any games console.
friendlier for indie development,
Sure, but, again, like point above, should I completely ignore other gaming outlets over this?
Logical fallacy, moving the goalposts. It's which is superior, not whether you have to eschew all other gaming.
I'm not discounting the PC as a gaming platform where fun games can exist, but *superior*? You PC gaming people are nuts.
Console gaming is typically superior for just sitting down and playing. PC Gaming is superior in literally every other way. You have only one valid argument, and tried to somehow transform it into an entire debate with logical fallacies and self-centered thinking. Consoles used to have simplicity and reliability but now games get massive updates and games choke, crash and hang all the goddamned time, because consoles are just PCs with fancy memory architectures with all of the complexity that entails.