I can't imagine you have much of a backlog of recent games if you only purchase games that are complete, unless you are mostly into old school games.
I absolutely do...how are you on this site and don't? This site is literally what afforded me that backlog. I have at least 20 something PS4 games on my shelf I haven't played, 10-15 Wii U games, around 10 3DS games, and right now 5 or 6 switch games. This is only counting modern consoles.
It has become such an industry standard now that just about every physical game I purchase has a day or week 1 patch that has to be downloaded. Even obscure titles seem to have one right out the gate.
The fact that you use to receive complete, fully bug tested games but the industry standard has become "push this broken game out cuz we have to get the game out by this date/for the holiday season" is honestly incredibly sad. That's why this is such a debate. Studios have gotten lazy, because consumers allow them to be lazy. They buy incomplete games for the same price as completed ones. Why bother testing your game when you can get mindless fans to do it for you? [Insert fallout 76 facts here]. Why bother releasing complete physical games for more money when mindless fans will buy it anyway? [Insert several capcom releases and spyro here].
Just because it's an industry standard, doesn't excuse the fact you're buying an inferior/overpriced product.
To me that is not a reason to avoid purchasing a physical copy, but I understand you may be looking for something different. I am probably biased to wanting the game sooner as I have the CE pre-ordered and the contents look nice...would prefer to have them sooner than later, but I expect delays with LRG either way.
To be fair, I would have preferred that the game is complete as well, but LRG should have held off on selling the game when they did. They should have pushed the sale back several months when the DLC and patches were actually finished and rated by ESRB. It is not good practice to sell a product to thousands of people without any idea of when you may actually ship it, which is why I prefer they just stick to shipping out what they told people they were selling. LRG already has a lot of the stuff currently in manufacturing to some degree, so putting the brakes on the process to include the DLC probably wouldn't be very feasible at this point. A slight disappointment, but this is a video game overall...inclusion of a few extra levels on the physical media ranks at the lowest levels of concerns that I deal with on a daily basis. That is from someone is a collector at heart. Once you start to get older, you start to realize how little these types of things really matter.
Here's where we agree. I absolutely don't think all of this is grounds to skip Celeste, but I believe every game release that is incomplete should be viewed per game. In the case of Celeste, the intention didn't seem to be "skip the DLC" from the get go. In the case of spyro, that was absolutely intentional and awful. People buying that game are supporting a terrible practice.
And I absolutely agree that when LRG found out about the DLC they should have delayed the game's preorder window. They didn't though, so here we are...and yes, there are more important concerns in life. No ones debating that. We're all just expressing disappointment in something that could be fixed but isn't. So some people are voting with their wallets. Simple as that. I agree with that. Be the change you want to see in the world. Even if it's something insignificant like not buying a game lol. :P
P.S. I got confirmation my games from the January first blowout sale are shipping. Sweet.