I dont consider it lazy having cheat codes. I get lots of enjoyment playing a game be able to do as I please. I love the fact I can follow the story and run around looking for hidden items without having to worry about an enemy killing me or me breaking my neck in a fall.
As for today games being easy, I dont think so. I played Borderlands and it is tedious, especially if you arent at a high enough level and start running out of ammo. I would hav loved to be an instant "god" with unlimited ammo to walk around the wastes of Pandora making everybody bow before my awesomness!