I keep an email address specifically for paying bills and ordering things online, and another for video game stuff (no credit cards linked). I'm glad my Battle.net address was the latter.
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No headset recommendations, but if you're just going for console audio in to headphones, you can buy adapters very, very cheap from somewhere like Radio Shack that will adapt your audio cables into just a regular 3.5mm headphone jack. I did this for a very long time while I was playing consoles on a computer monitor.
I think "easier games" is more of a symptom than a problem in itself. Simply put, it's a lot more difficult to develop games with intelligent difficulty, especially considering how complicated and expensive game development is today. It's a lot easier to hide lazy design in a level you only die twice in as opposed to ten times. Especially if whatever killing you feels cheap (monsters with broken hit boxes or ridiculous HP pools, for example).
Additionally the average age of a gamer is now in the 30's. Generally people at that age have a higher disposable income but less time to actually devote to playing games, so people become pickier about what they actually want to invest time into. I love a good challenge, but personally, I've been in situations where I know I only have a few hours during the week to play something and end up picking Game Easy over Game Hard because I know I'll finish it, enjoy it, and not give myself a stroke in the process.
Don't forget a lot of the extremely difficult games from the 80's-90's were specifically designed to eat quarters in the arcades (and were directly ported to home consoles), not necessarily because there was a demand for a ridiculous challenge.
I don't buy systems for one game alone, but I'll buy one if there's only one game I want to play and I'm confident in the upcoming releases.
I bought a PS2 for dot Hack. Bought a Wii for Twilight Princess (and felt like crap when I beat it in two evenings). And I bought a new PC for Wrath of the Lich King (the previous one sounded and ran like it used diesel).