I'm an avid HVGN follower and I gotta say his work is sometimes superior to that of James'. Not only does he provide more desirable information but his analysis leans towards both positive and negative aspects and not only rant and rave about the game. Still the AVGN is fun to watch and always put a smile on my face.
I agree with most of your points, however, who buys games at launch anymore? I can only think of the FPS crowd who can't live without sponsoring Activision & co. and can't wait for price drops like many of us do.