The OP brings up a great point about modern gaming that I think the video game industry is deaf to. It seems that there are many more people giving up on video games for board games than is noticed simply because those people are NOT playing video games and, obviously, NOT complaining. Granted, there are a lot of new video gamers coming up in this new era that see the current state of things as "normal". Much money is being made off of them and they are not yet jaded. However, the rise in popularity of board games has been huge in recent years. Many of these people were video gamers to begin with but prefer to be face-to-face rather than deal with the endless stream of obscenities from the prepubescent masses.
I don't like playing online. I never have. Lately, however, it seems that major titles must have a strong multi-player element. As a result, I don't buy video games anymore aside from the occasional mobile game. My gaming budget isn't small either. My expenditures in video games for the past year have been almost zip. On the other hand, my wife and I have spent about $3000 in that same time frame on board games and expansions. This isn't an unusual amount for a board game hobbyist either. There's more money being lost here than AAA publishers realize.
As for "online single-player", I'm not going to "whine". Much like "video game violence" and "games as art", I'm ignoring it completely. ;-)