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It's just another option for us and developers. Nothing is forcing either to use it. I like having the ability to choose. I have yet to buy an early access game but I'm all for it. Ideally, they'd have a separate area on the main page dedicated to them though.
^ Yes you did. Arma III was early access.
Oh damn you are correct good sir. I did buy it satisfied with what was already there though. Can't really say that I'd feel the same about most of the other titles that fall within the category though. Grim Dawn and Assetto Corsa have piqued my interest but not quite enough.
I'm ok with early access. Without it, we'd have preorders, and still have to wait for the game to come out. This way you get to experience it and watch the game grow from it's infancy to a completed product, and usually at a discounted price.
For one they shouldn't get the spotlight on Steam. They're incomplete games and they should have a separate section, they shouldn't be on the front page of the Steam store.
And also the perpetual alpha/beta thing. While crowd sourcing is sometimes essential, too much crowd sourcing can delay production. If they aren't using that money to hire more developers, they're just buying time with it.
I think it's a bad idea to buy incomplete games in the first place too, just because it could very well be stale to you by the time it's complete. I'd rather my most enjoyable experience with the game be when it's complete. For example I played a lot of Minecraft when it was alpha, by the time the full game released I didn't have any interest any more.
Every time you point out that something is an opinion Jesus shoots a kitten in the face.