"...there were loads of commenters who could more quickly believe this was a conspiracy and Lab Zero Games were scam artists or lazy. That strikes me as a certain kind of crazy, and suggests to me there need to be many more stories about game development to drive it home."
First of all, you have be some sort of ignorant monkey person to be that dumb. Lazy? C'mon - they had video of their new character-in-progress IN THEIR PITCH VIDEO. Clearly these guys know what they're doing and mean what they say - the proof is right in front of you, dipshit. It's awesome to see an in-development character too, with just black and white sketchy linework, but that's just my opinion.
You're 100% right though Patrick, in that you journalists should have many more stories about this kind of thing until we stamp out dumbass ignorant gamers. The worst part? I bet those same assholes are the ones using the microtransactions in games like Dead Space 3. Clearly, they have no idea about the concept of value, worth and how to be responsible with their money. "$15 for a new COD map pack featuring 2 old maps from the last game? AWESOME. $150k for a new character in a game (I don't play) from an indie developer? That's bullshit!" *sigh*
I guess when you work as a refrigerator repair man, you don't know how "big business" video game creation can be. Or anything in the entertainment industry really, but hey, that's for us college graduates to worry about! Fucking NeoGAF losers...