Thinking about this with Aliens: Colonial Marines and Resident Evil 6, and some other recent titles, like even Dead Space 3 - do these kind of poorly received or generally disappointing games have an overall detrimental effect on the viability of producing videogames?
As in, joe blow consumer sees hype videos for Aliens:Colonial Marines, sees the ads in gamestop and gets pressured to pre-order, picks up the game because he doesn't follow game press or blogs, just sees commercials on TV.
If these kind of consumers (there are a lot of them) find the game to be crap, does their general impression of videogames as an entertainment option vs TV or movies or whatever else degrade and make them more likely to say this is bullshit i won't buy another game?
I think it's certainly possible - the way games are hyped in the media and pushed at retail, a lot of casual game buyers (maybe 1-2 games a year) never see much of anything except TV ads and what gets plastered on their local gamestop's walls to pre-order. Not the most trustworthy direction for your entertainment budget.