Exactly! You've hit the nail on the head.
I'm fed up with games that can't be played indefinitely like that because whatever you do you end up losing.
If you play a game right away it's more expensive and you run the risk of dealing with annoying bugs. You won't be able to enjoy all the content (expansions, DLC) and as a result you won't enjoy the full experience.
If you wait then it means that you end up having a very long wait ahead of you. For what? The game may never live up to expectations and by the time you get to play it it's likely a sequel supposed to fix everything that was lacking with the original game will be coming out.
At least patience can save some money so that's a valid point.
In the meantime it's annoying to see how meddling fans are trying to take over forums to push their agendas. Devs would be crazy to listen to them.
In any case when it comes to Pillars of Eternity I may love the game but we're not in 1998-2000 anymore. What I mean by that is that there are alternatives for a CRPG player. I'm still running Baldur's Gate from time to time just to unwind but with the recent isometric revival it's unlikely that I'll put as much time in any of these modern games (and that includes Pillars of Eternity) for the very simple reason that time has become a more valuable commodity (and I can only foresee this getting worse as time goes by).
Besides I really feel the first playthrough that you complete should be special. I don't want to mess things up because I have to patch a game.
I'm starting to think that playing on GOG is the better option. Sure, it takes longer to get patches (and that's a pain) but nobody will ever force you to update your game if you don't feel like it or don't want to be forced to start over.
"Growing old is inevitable but growing up is optional."