It's weird but you're right.
When I bought the game I didn't really spend much time actually playing it as it was apparent immediately that it was full of bugs and rushed out the door way too soon. However, I could see that the game had potential, so I followed the forum looking for patches and info.
All of the ongoing posts from Wardell, the dev team and the community had me checking the foum regularly.
I've kind of given up on actually playing Elemental in the near future but still feel that between the 10 hours spent in the game and the 10 hours spent following the whole release debacle that I've somehow gotten entertainment enough to make me feel that my money wasn't wasted buying the game.
Whether or not Elemental will turn into a great game down the road remains to be seen, but I'll probably check in on it from time to time just to see what happened.
The last game that I bought before Elemental was WC2 so I must admit that the contrast is striking.