Discussions and polls on forums don't always appear to be inline with larger samples (game length discussions for example). That's not to critique feedback and in general "there should be more of it" isn't negative feedback per se.Because unless this is more bait, it seems a sizeable portion just want The Sims 2077 or GTA but with gaudy neon lights and synthwave music.
However, in bigger picture sims features would likely alienate some players.
I think MS Game Pass is quite popular for this reason, though pandemic has boosted subscriptions. That said, not every game is in Game Pass and not everyone uses that platform, but even then CDPR refund policy is as good as it gets at these days.This is the only point where I partially agree with you. Games used to have demos. They rarely do these days and there is absolutely no way for someone to evaluate whether a game is truly a good fit for them or not. Even gameplay videos are poor indicators as they are generally highly curated content.
That is a damn shame.
There's certain bottleneck situation though. Gaming industry by large appears to have targeted about ~7-3% of market which has led to situation where gaming journalism, social media around topic and that has no credibility. I think The Mad Queen show tried to do something new as they had presentatives, J. Gray and Mike Pondsmith himself frequent on their channel and there was a lot of discussion related to real life inspiration and that and that could be used to create suggestions to game, did it myself couple of times. But they had to stop it because of hate train as the host told herself.