So I just watched the latest Extra Credits video which explains my problems with a certain mindset perfectly. Better than I ever could so I recommend watching it as it's the main point of discussion of this thread.
That being the idea some people have that games are meant to be fun. This bothers personally because such a claim is limiting what game are and aspire to be. That line of though is holding them back yet I see people cling to see, defending bad design with: "oh well, what do you expect, it has to be a fun game so of course death has no consequence". Which i've seen in defense of why war games feel the need to be blockbuster shooters.
Other forms of entertainment are not restrained like this, movies, books, etc can inspire a multitude of emotion, yet games are content with fun. Now i'm not decrying fun games, I love me some Platinum games but This narrow minded view is holding games back as medium.
Thankfully we are slowing spreading away from it if the success of Journey and The Walking Dead are anything to go by.