Early Access is hardly synonymous with crowd-funding... Unlike Kickstarter or other project sites, it's not just a donation, you're actually making a purchase. You get something in return immediately along with entitlements to future updates. There are no as-yet non-existent games on Steam Early Access; if you don't like what's currently on offer, or you're not interested in supporting further development, you don't buy it. Just like any traditional release of the past umpteen years. Only unlike traditional releases, the digital age allows [usually independent] developers to be much more transparent in their everyday activities and in some cases even borderline collaborative with their target audience. I don't get how anyone could possibly be against that.