Yet it isn't unexpected and we shouldn't be surprised. Gary Gygax (remember him?) is famed for his quote:
I have met dozens, perhaps over a hundred, very experienced roleplayers with this profile: a limited repertoire of games behind him and extremely defensive and turtle-like play tactics. [...H]e hunkers down and does nothing unless there's a totally unambiguous lead to follow or a foe to fight. His universal responses include, "My guy doesn't want to," and, "I say nothing."
I have not, in over 20 years of roleplaying, ever seen such a person have a good time roleplaying. I have seen a lot of groups founder due to the presence of one such participant. Yet they really want to play...
The Forge currently has more authority on Technorati than Wizards of the Coast and last I checked, there were a lot more D&D fans (and blogs) than for indie games! So why aren't they linking back? Is it a choice or did the GSD website policy hit that low? The Internet isn't the be-all and end-all but it's a significant indicator of mood and trend.
The Old School Renaissance has addressed simplicity of play by use of retro-clone games, stripped down mechanics and clarity of purpose has invigorated gamers. Yet it may have contributed to the turtle play style - if you're willing to game, expect regular attrition and cultivate detachment to your character. This is agon (win/lose) style play, no save points, no taking back.
So people look at how to enable rewarding play, to encourage fiero (triumph), kenosis (immersion) and paida (fun). I've said before that 4E is a great entry-level game, not least for it's advice on how to play and DM, yet it's relentless publication cycle and conservative marketing approach where the Internet is involved do it no favours. Some are already performing the last rites.
In our attempts to find flowing play via Gygax's Big Secret, our attitude and communication steer the ship and how players engage with a game is key - the presence of MMORPGs make engaging, simplified, challenging play a priority. The ROLPUNK manifesto urges people to get out there and play without prejudice; to pick up what works and run with it. Now is the autumn of our discontent it seems.