I'm no benchmarker, but I might be a tech nerd, dunno. But what I know is that I'm a gamer.
The difference between you and me is just that I care about technological advancement and when a game like crysis 1 comes out I rejoice. And when the sequel comes out with a technological step backwards I feel deeply disappointed. i'm sad because crytek didn't take that leap in graphics as they did before. I care about the gaming industry and IMO running in circles, using the same API, the same old multiplayer ideas etc. is not doing gaming any good.
I'm sure that just purely going by SP gameplay Crysis 2 would probably be a great game. It's still not a worthy sequel to crysis 1. You said it yourself a few pages back. Normal consumer takes everything that's handed to them, I think I'm going to use my own judgement this time: Crysis 2 is not the game I want it to be. And no I probably won't change my mind a few hours later when it releases.
A tech nerd cares more about what Dx version they're using or the graphics than the game itself. A benchmarker cares about how taxing it is on their system and how many FPS he can get on his $800 GPU setup.
A gamer is the one waiting to see what the game PLAYS like and doesn't care about it if it has realistic pebbles on the ground or the shingles on a composite roof look real, or if the graphics are barely playable with 3-way SLI/Xfire, he cares first and foremost about the gameplay. To me, those who have been raging a WEEK before the game has even come out have e-peen issues to resolve.