It speaks to the brilliance of the game, as well as its potential to suck away your productive hours. But I also it also speak to our perception of fun.
Most people I know don't think Word or Excel are fun. In fact, many say they hate these tools more than Brussel sprouts, ice storms, or Jar-Jar Binks. And when they bring that intense hatred to the task, invariably "it" won't do what they want it to do.
Interestingly, I look at Excel and Word, and similar applications, as puzzles and fun challenges. If I see that someone else can do something I can't, I search and read and experiment until I can do it too. It's my Angry Words, if you will.
Am I a freak? Perhaps. But the next time you are cursing Word because your headers disappeared or you can't unravel the circular logic error in Excel, think about Angry Birds (or your favorite game) and how you react to setbacks in that arena. Access that part of your brain that is curious and hands-on. Stop thinking it should work the way you want it to, and start learning how it works.
There's no high score in Excel or Word, but you'll find your way to the leaderboard if you can harness that creative side when frustrated.