The gaming companies are mired in a cesspool of unoriginality and lack of creativity.
I remember playing a game called skooldaze on the c64 where you walk around a school using your slingshot, sitting in on classes and generally being an ass. Not sure if there was a point to the game. But I had many hours of fun.
All the games seem the same to me now. Wierd games like katamari and warioware catch my eye once in a while but most of the stuff is the same crap that's been floating in the sewers the past 10 years.