The fact is that regardless of what you call it, consumers had to fully pay for the entire Orange Box upfront (even if they didn't want all of the gamettes in it) in order to play the pre-release demo/beta of TF2.
I admit gamers aren't widely known for independent thought (implied in the "consumer" label I suppose), but they still have free will. Nobody's forcing them to preorder. I'd love to play it, but I disagree with paying to beta test (even if it's actually a pre-order) so I'm just going to wait. I don't even understand why you care so much about it.
This comment was edited on Sep 19, 04:16.