I'm a very open minded person myself, and a strong individual as well. I have much respect for developers who search the edge of what is possible. Without Stardock we did not had Elemental, a catastrophe for some, a masterpiece for others. And without Elemental we did not had Fallen Enchantress. A game I still play.
I had the top review for Sorcerer King for a while, I also love that game and buy every game from this company at release, including all DLC and bonusses if available.
I write about it, post screenshots, make some levels/mods, give suggestions to developers and promote their games to my friendlist etc etc
That is something I do since I play PC games and I will always do.
There are a few things that I think a producer, developer and or shop needs to stay away from. My hardware configuration, my privacy, my way of playing a game.
Many games are scripted, streamlined "experiences" nowadays and I what I look for are gems like Stardock makes them. Old skool with some of the best UI's and modern games. I want to start immense maps from scratch and eventually play till my system can't handle it anymore. If I feel it's MY time to upgrade I will do. But I will not do it forced for a product what is already two years WORKING on my HD.
I refuse to take into account that waves of horrible reviews on Steam. Please don't take them serious. Find your own ways to give your games the attention what they deserve. Curators, Youtubers, magazines (like Explorminate).
I refuse to take into account the payment of developers. It's sad, but that's not my concern. It's their concern. I'm just a fellow customer that buy their games. That's the best thing to do to help them.
It's not new that games are released beyond system specs from generic PC users. Unreal. It was simply only working for 10 % of the users. Civilization large maps? You always had the option in the screen, but you always had the out of memory map errors late ingame. It's for every 4x strategy game. There will be a point that your system can't handle it anymore. Don't like this? Please go play console games.
I'm probably getting old. I have an old skool system, have old skool ideas and want my gaming experience stays at it is.
I see new technologies arising. Like playing games directly from a server with 64 GB of ram. Probably that will be the future. No games on my HD anymore. No experimenting, no freedom, no right to crash your own system anymore?
I have to review my opinion probably. I have to take my loss.
It was one of the unpleasant moments in twentyfive years of gaming experience to find out that a game I played for years, suddenly propmted me a hardlock that let me play only the tiniest maps. It made me even think if gaming is still something for me. With a library with over thousand games.
I will see what happens. The right to use GC III is somewhere in my library. It's uninstalled. It will stay that way till the options aren't greyed out anymore.
Whatever command line you all will introduce. Good luck with your next pojects!