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Don't like and will not buy. Why would I pay for a concept and hopefully they pull through with what they claim to release. I'd rather buy a finished product; not a description of what it will have later *smiley face wink wink*.
That's the reason why I didn't get State of Decay yet; optimize the mouse controls and then we'll talk.
This. They are definitely negatively impacting gaming as a whole. It is almost always a bad thing, almost no games that launch in alpha actually get finished or ever make any progress beyond being terrible, it's just an excuse for them to release a half finished game and let their fanbase defend the game because IT'S JUST AN ALPHA!!1!!11 so of course it will have tons of bugs and problems
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Don't see the big issue. It's a glorified preorder, except you get to play it early and possibly even help shape the final product.
The only real problems are more associated with customers: When people don't understand what "alpha" means, and so are either ultra-forgiving (e.g. ignoring a clear design choice that's horrendous) or are ultra critical (expecting a finished, polished game).
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There are some games that benefit greatly from Early Access. Bug testing, fan input on content, and more funds to develop the game are all very helpful to the developer.
However, it also promotes some laziness and sort of decreases the overall quality of games on Steam. I think there are some kinks that need to be worked out and some restrictions that need to be put in place if Early Access is to be trusted and taken seriously.