ArcheAge was the nail in the coffin that ensured I would never pay for a video game before release ever again.
Elsewise: I really wish there were a website like kickstarter for people trying to get their lives back together. Homeless, psychiatric issues, survivors of abuse, trauma, etc. Yeah, same caveats would exist, how to verify the stories of people appealing for help. It's just frustrating to hear people with jobs giving hundreds and thousands of dollars to reasonably well-off people on Kickstarter when people on the edge of homelessness or trying to get their lives back together, people who have no safety nets, get no help at all. Seriously, try posting online that you need money and support because you can't find a job and are about to become homeless. Then, with an alternate account, post online that you've an idea for a video game, and need financial backers. The results are disheartening.