You aren't making this any easy, but I guess I will have to go through that again.
First off, criticizing the stability or the POSSIBLE stability of the game IS criticizing Remedy, 3DRealms and G.O.D. all at once, whether or not that is your intention.
There has been no PR mess with Max Payne. The only PR stuff I saw came directly from Petri Järvilehto, Peter Hajba, Joe Siegler, George Broussard and Scott Miller. That's it. G.O.D. has clearly stayed out of it and let 3DRealms manage the whole thing. The whole MEDIA BLACKOUT thing. So unless you joined the Max Payne crowd a month ago, you would have known there is no PR mess.
Now now, wait a minute. Most places DON'T take refunds? It is your job to find a retailer that DOES. Personally I have never had any problem returning a game (or any other program) so you might be exaggerating, and by a lot.
I thought I already made the next two points clear, but here I go again, for your reading pleasure.
Games are a highly suggestive business. So is music. So are movies. So is whether you like ketchup and mustard on your hot dog. So is if you find that pizza tastes better than ketchup on doritos. Waiting for a review is your choice: no one will voluntarily blind you to keep you from reading a review. If you know of a reviewer that has similar tastes than yours, then by all means go ahead and read the review. Couneseling is an important part of gaming, since as I said, it isn't all objective. I have said this before, right? A game can be a GOOD GAME without being YOUR KIND OF GAME (i.e. I wouldn't touch magic, fairies and spell casting games with a ten foot pole, even if they are absolutely brillant, well executed and have great stories)
How much proof do you need that there are no show-stoppers? You disbelieve anything and everything Scott Miller, George Broussard, Petri... you get the idea, have said! And they said THERE ARE NO SHOW-STOPPERS! It IS the most STABLE GAME THEY HAVE EVER DEALT WITH!
Remedy is located next to MadOnion. You think they haven't seen your hardware before? Seriously? Remedy (and it has been said) has directly benefited from its close location to MadOnion. If the makers of the most widely used benchmark and Remedy/3DRealms/G.O.D. cannot be trusted when they talk about a game THEY MADE, then I wonder who you can trust. An unbiased source, is that right. Your reviewer. That's fine, read what he says, I'll take the developer's and publisher's word for it.
Finally, Quake 2 wasn't made by Remedy or 3DRealms but by an equally respectable developer. Who was it published by? ACTIVISION. An elite team of hardcore bureaucrats. No developer, and I do mean NO developer gives to activision a "when it's done" release date.
Aside from that, I bought the very first copy of Quake 2 I could find (version 3.05 if I remember correctly). It was rock solid, as I remember it. Most of the patches for Quake 2 happened to be multiplayer oriented anyway.