They Bleed Pixels
Your personal taste in entertainment shouldn't dictate what products do or don't get created. There's a lot more artistic work and value in something like Dear Esther than there is in the next iteration of Call of Battlefield. And while I absolutely love The Witcher 3, it would be silly if *all* games became vast, sprawling titles where 2 hours is a drop in the bucket and a reasonable refund window.
While I don't have a good cure-all solution, I do think the implementation used in Blizzard games (and others) works well. The game is essentially free to a point (player level limit, story progress limit, etc.), and consumers can choose to pay to purchase the full game. For something like Dear Esther, I imagine, you could maybe have a walled-off early section of island to explore? Again, no silver bullets, unfortunately.
Agree, not sure what they were thinking... Anyone even remotely versed in P.R should of be able to raise a red flag. No matter how lucrative a deal.
And I'm a much bigger fan of Steve Blum, anyway...
The guy has a tragic lack of tact.
It's a great game if you give it the time it needs. You have to make your own fun, but get smuggling illicit goods and you'll soon be having a wicked time.
In Europe you can still plug in an internet cable into your PS and play. PS plus is not required.