or you can be a little patient and wait for real reviews by people who don't get paid by the industry and/or a demo
I learned my lesson from BF2. It might as well have been called Butt-Fuck2, because I felt like I was doubled the night I got it.
Besides, waiting for patches to be applied = getting a $50 game for less than 1/2 price on ebay. All you have to do is be patient & wait for the idiot price to drop to a level that is reasonable.
However, I do enjoy hype. Watch the TF2 video to see a good example of hype. There's almost no substance at all to the video, but the hype-machine was cooking well that day. Hearing about Half-Life2 or Doom3 is a fun thing. Actually playing the games & dealing with closet bitch shit & riding lawn-mowers is a different matter; but at least I had something to look forward to. Every once in awhile, I wonder wtf ID software is up to in their seclusion & secrecy. It's fun to learn about it at E3.
What isn't fun is wading through all the bullshit from 300 E3 Fans with websites & most of them concentrating on Booth Babes. If I need pr0n, I can get naked chicks. I don't need to see bikini-clad whorelets when I can see all the skin any time I want, and generally better looking women as well. I don't need to see someone's jack-off blog about E3. I just want paid reporters to describe & show/tell the best of E3. That's it. Nothing about how good the food was or anything useless like booth bags. Just the fax maam.