I could write a book, I kid. Well, not really.
But I will try not to do that.
I think the console-centric market is filled with lots of games trying to compete for the same game space, offering mostly the same game experiences. I am not sure the pure length of the consoles lifecycle is the only cause. I think the graphics have reached a ceiling. Creativity is seemingly dead in the AAA games space. And the franchise push all lead to fatigue.
I don't care what some folks say, yearly franchises burn out gamers unless there is something new infused to keep the game feeling fresh. You can see it all of the time that people are growing tired of gaming. Read it all of the time. And Mad is saying it too. People get tired of playing the samething, over and over.
That is one thing.
Another is your age Mad. Younger gamers have more patients for games. They also, being younger, have the broadest swath of games aimed at them. The older you get, the less your impressed with much of what is out there. There will always be exceptions, so before someone types that he is 39yr old or 44yr old and still plays new AAA console games daily, just understand that there are always exceptions. But when I talk to older gamers, alot of them say the exact samethings that Mad did. Most of them move from being heavy console gamers, to using consoles for exclusives and Netflix and spending most of their gaming time on PC, Mobile, etc. And many just game less.
Age has is a big part of it. Most older gamers are more cynicle, less patient, and more picky towards games.
In the end Mad, you played Diablo III with me, I know you enjoy that. You picked up something on ipad you enjoyed. Meaning that wanting to play and enjoying games really isn't an issue. I don't see it as the gamer that is in question, just the games you want to play.
Do what I did, move on. I have consoles for the occasonal exclusive, but I mostly game on PC. Civilization, Diablo III, Rift/Wold of Warcraft, Tourchlight II, Guild Wars 2, and a whole host of indie games all keep me busy and satisfied as a gamer. I am really looking forward to owning a 3DSxl as well. In part the Nintendo thing, but also the slightly old school design of the games on the system appeal to me. I don't have an ipad or tablet of any kind, but I can get stuff like that on Steam(sorta), and I do have the odd game here and there for my smartphone.
Also, no doubt in my mind that when new systems come out, your intrest will once again peek. That is just being a gamer. And yes the current systms have worn out their welcome for many folks. But in the back of your mind, if you look, I bet you find a little voice that knows the next gen of consoles games won't really play any different the current ones you have grown tired of.