I understand your point.
But i also must say that imho a game does not feel complete without audio. In the beginning of the cinema there was no sound on a movie and only by the 1920's it became technically possible and after that you simply couldn't release a movie without sound. A lot of the websites today are completely silent experiences, which i feel is a waste of 50% of the design space and kills the immersion.
A lot of games have a giant mute button in the top right corner of the screen and that button always bothers me, no matter how bad the sound of the game is... So as a design choice i opt out of the use of a mute button as it has nothing to do with the game itself.