@ardichoke ATT u-verse is priced about there. In fact, I *was* going to get 24mbit for about $60. And yes, you can get just the internet... you just have to hassle them a bit. Too bad the service doesn't quite reach to my apartment.
I think the point should read PC gaming will never die because if it does so do consoles, as a digital artist I can tell you with certainty that 120% of games for consoles are built on PC's/Mac's. If they all of a sudden died or decided to go awol in action consoles would be royally screwed.
Locked control schemes are actually more a pain in the ass, because they are proprietary technology aside from getting licensed to release your product on a console you also need exclusive rights to make use of the technology behind all that. I think the general public is too easily mislead. Its actually quiet costly to write games for consoles vs computers. That will never change either because it's all part of a corporate weight.
If anything what you should be asking is: "Why are games so expensive for consoles?" Now you know why happy gaming