Just writing thoughts more than anything really. I cant write concisely or coherently enough to preach to any one properly, so added the numbers and sources for any one reading to draw there own conclusions.
Valve are a strange one, but they still make a profit dont they. Just shows it can be made in different ways. But 'what customers want instead of churning out Sequel 20XX' I think is a but one take. It could be said they have play tested there games into the ground or that they have the luxury of time to refine by being a private company. Some thing that EA cant afford due to stockholders wanting there investment to pay off. Now I like valve overall, I like there games, I like steam ect. It just happens the stuff they make, makes alot of money and alot of people like.
But EA/Activsion as company's, structurally could not afford to operate like valve. At the end of the day, to me it dont matter how the game is made, all I care is if I like the game or not. Dont matter if its a cash grab or labour of love. if a game is shit, it could just be a shit cash grab or a shit labour of love, still be shit. Same for if i like a game.
Basicly im happy these companys make games i like to play, public company, private company or one man team dosnt matter to me. If I dont like something i simply dont spend money with em. These company make products & services at the end of the day.