Yeah, that's why I sit on the sidelines as much as I do; I have a hard enough time sleeping as it is. lol Truth be told though CoD is trash, Farcry hasn't innovated since the second game, and Fallout....I'm not sure, I think it too closely mimics life in that you have this massive world and not a whole lot you're actually interested in doing.
It doesn't take much time though, just the resolve to say "I will/won't do x" then follow through, accepting whatever sacrifices come with that choice. I will grant you that youtubers have a lot of potential pull but I think too much of that is used for humor or more mindless "content"; Pewdiepie and people like keemstar are great examples of that.
I agree but this goes back to ethics, right. There was a thread posted here for an indie game that has raised around 800k but has already delayed it's releases. Indie development and kickstarter are great things but how many teams/titles have unethically used beta and alpha access to temp top tier package sales? Package sales for something which may not ever be finished/released. How many have actually failed to release a finished product and gone under?
Patreon is even worse, being a subscription based model. Which brings me to homeworld 3, which I wouldn't touch with a 40 foot stick unless it was developed by a competent dev team. Gearbox bought the rights to the HW franchise and it took them the better part of a year to release the last patch and there are still critical issues that aren't likely to be fixed. Couple that with the team behind the Complex mod wanting to get their share of money via a Patron campaign which uses access to the dev version of the mod to illicit "donations" while release delays continue to be announced....just uhh.
I mean really, all Gearbox really did was update the graphics and in the process they broke the game. A game that originally only had two patches and worked flawlessly. Meanwhile the remastered version has had at least two large patches and is still broken, and that's after you pay the $40 it initially retailed for.
I miss the days when you could download a demo and test out what you were considering buying first to be sure you weren't wasting your money. I miss that games were actually finished at release, were good out of the box, and were made even better by great modding communities that lasted years. Most of all I miss that feeling I got from buying a game that I played the hell out of, games like EaW/FoC, CoH, Mass Effect 1, WiC, and SoaSE.
Give me a game like SS where the entrance fee is ~$10 but whose content, goals, and execution make me want to pay more. Not because I'll get special access or some flashy credit but because it's going to be one of those game's I'll be playing and enjoying years from now. It's going to be one of those games I keep going back to and using as a standard to compare other games to. It's going on my short list of favorites.
Anyway, sorry I went off on a little rant, and don't go getting a big head either!