After reading what the rage was all about on destructoid there one thing she said I was truly taking into consideration: the possibility of skipping the gameplay.
At first it seems ridiculous, why bother with a game if we're skipping the gameplay right ? But don't a lot of people watch playthroughs on youtube or sometimes just the cutscenes ? I know I do.
Take the people that didn't like Final Fantasy XIII, and they dropped the game because they thought it was a boring repetition. Their right to do so, right ? Yes. But if some of those went into youtube to find out how things turn out, then the skipping the gameplay wouldn't be so bad, right ?
I for one didn't enjoy for the most part the gameplay is Mass Effect 1, but I loved the story. If I had the option to skip the Mako section (that annoying vehicle) you can be sure I would!
Not to mention games like Heavy Rain and Indigo Prophecy where gameplay is so little some wonder how much you actually play but the story is so good (for those who like it, of course) that it doesn't matter how little gameplay there is.
It is not as if it didn't happened recently. The Modern Warfare 2 No Russian level can be skipped if you so desire. I see particularly no reason to as that was in my opinion the most original level in the game but others might think different.
Maybe the developers and publishers are afraid we will storm through the game and then trade it.
Catherine, another recent game, did it right in my opinion. After you beat the game (so we do see the hard work the developers put into the game), made the brilliant choice that for the stages you got a gold medal, if you don't want to, you don't have to play them again, you can just enjoy the story.
Another I just remembered was 999 where you subsequent playthroughs you don't have to solve the puzzles and can just enjoy the story.
I wonder why we don't see more of that?