Early access games are a relatively new thing, but it seems like more and more developers are happy to let consumers play video games that are essentially a work in progress. Is this something you are happy with, or have you been avoiding early access games?
Personally I think this sort of thing is usually great for developers, not so great for consumers.
For developers it's a win-win. They get a return on what is essentially an unfinished product and they get free feedback on the game itself. They get to test for bugs, they get the kind of QA that money couldn't buy and they get to tell consumers they can't complain because the game is early access people — you knew what you were signing up for.
For consumers I suppose the joy is in getting on board a project early, being a part of that bourgeoning community. Games like DayZ and Minecraft are the very few, I think, in which this process has worked for both the developer and the consumer.
What are your thoughts?