You're absolutely rightI think most people are a mixture of both?
There's almost always an interesting looking game coming out. I'll pick up smaller budget games on a bit of a whim if theyre 20, 30 or under at times. If the game has positive buzz from community and critics that I follow and piques my interest, even if I dont gel with it then it at least feels like I've at least supported something worthwhile.
Very rarely I pay full price for a AAAish game. Steam account history shows 6 games in the last 10 years I bought games for 49.99 or more.