Gaming should be a joy, fun, time off and not CHORE ...
Nice example of the both endless griding as well as replying to the level you really start to HATE the game is the GT5 - all gold on all driver licenses is far beyond the treshold of the dedication I'd ever put in any game and I like GT5 otherwise and all the special events are simply "impossible" for me hence none of them is completed and never will be. Another good example how to spoil (I'd use MUCH stronger word here but as I was already told off several times here for using profanities I'd hold back this time) a good and enjoybale game are trophies in PAIN. There is simply no way I'm gonna spoil my joy to even try achieve any of those.
In old good days of PS1 - you'd have a game lasting tens to hundreds hours easilly without any (or too much) grinding or replaying the same stupid piece of game again and again. And it was not about the graphics - it was about playibility and the atmosphere. One of my first two games on PS1 was the Kingsfiled IV and although it has pretty ugly graphics even for standards at the time is was SO captive I've spent months playing that game.
I believe that we should be able to play and enjoy the game in ANY way we're pleased. If I've decide to have fun by drive in the racing gaming in the opposite direction and crash in all oncomming trafic - it's my decision. As long as it makes me happy who cares. If I decide to have loads of money and buy some uber powerfull weapon and blast away all the monsters / enemies for the fun - let be it. If I decide to cheat in the Oblivion and dupe thousands of wattermellons and dump them in the watter because it makes me happy so what? I don't care what others do to relax so whay should you?
Frankly - I think the games should be supplied with a option to put the cheat codes by default directly from the gamemakers - this would actually IMO increase the sale of games. The good example here is the GTA IV - I personally have had MUCH more fun with the game by simply using the rocket launhcer to hide in the hospital lobby and blowing up the cops one after other then playing actual game. It's a easy and fair solution to offer fun to BOTH hardcore gamers as well as the causal ones. It even goes as far as dissabling trophies the moment you'll use the cheat to satisfy the trophies whoarders so no "damage" here either and this would actually cut down on "unofficial" cheating a lot as I'd hardly look for some other cheats if there will be the official ones included in the game already.
So - bring back the old good days of "PEEKing and POKEing" (ZX Spectrum in case you don't know or remember) so we can ENJOY the gaming once again. And - to all the nay sayers - I don't care
I agree 100% with above. Most of the games novadays are basically crap - you can play through them in 2 to 3 hours usually and then WHAT? Not really a value for the money at all - "entertainment" in the lenght of a movie for 4 to 5 times more of the cost ... So - the gamemakers came with a "clever" solution - let's make last longer to implement some REALY hard trophies or endless and most of all TOTALLY boring grinding or lets gamers play the same levels in 10 different difficulties etc. IMO - that's CHEATING! Cheating customers of their money and most of all taking all the fun from the gaming