I totally disagree. I think games press like to raise a stink about this stuff but most gamers could give two shits about this stuff. Most of these are issues that only play to us... the like 100K people on message boards who are so hardcore about games that it is a major function of our lives and we listen to podcasts and visit multiple sites daily just to stay up on it. The other like hundred million people playing games though...
I suspect most people care, but most don't care enough to complain. If bored or repulsed, most people simply move on to stuff that interests them.
Its also worth keeping in mind that most vocal gamers online are traditionalists who want things to stay the same as they always have. That is a futile hope because the gaming industry has never held still (in the 38 years I've been gaming a lot of genres and companies have risen and fallen) and nowadays the market is more diverse than ever. Also, the market is more competitive than ever, with a plethora of quality games on offer and a shrinking number of franchises/games taking a bigger chunk of retail earnings (the mid-tier died like flies last gen and the dying is continuing this gen).
Developers who sit atop megafranchises like CoD and GTA can and should keep doing what they are doing, a lot of others are listening very carefully to anyone who they feel might give them advice which could help them make a commercially successful game.