No, "information challenged" as in they are not really in tune with news from the gaming industry. Because I read articles about games I'm interested in I knew that Ground Zeroes was a demo. My friend who perhaps only watched a trailer, didn't.
Another funny story about him; He got about 70% through Persona 4, where you can trigger a premature, and very obvious 'Bad End'. He did, and assumed it was the real ending. And stopped playing. o.o Until we told him, years later. It never occurred to me that some people might get the impression that it's the real end of the game.
Though that has nothing to do with the subject really, just wanted to mention it because I know there are people who did sort of the same thing in Nier: Automata as well. If you've played through it, you'll know what I'm talking about. Except in Nier's case it wasn't particularly obvious. So I can see why many people could make that mistake.
As for LobT, I can see why some people want to buy it for the lol's, maybe as a drinking game or something. It'd just be a shame if someone legit bought it thinking it would be fun.
Regarding Square Enix patching Chrono Trigger, yeah I can only assume it has a lot to do with how they perceive the backlash. They may have heard more about the Chrono Trigger port issues for whatever reason. Why they didn't hear as much about the FF mobile ports, I'm not sure. But I think I can understand why the requests for a patch for Nier on PC may have gone more undetected.
When Nier came out on PC, it was brand new to PC only gamers, so most articles focused on reviewing the game.
When Chrono Trigger was ported, it's a game that the majority have probably already played, or could have played if they wanted to. So instead of focusing on what the game was about, the port issues made headlines.
That it's a lot cheaper to fix CT than Nier was probably a contributing factor as well.
But I forget, what were the issues with Nier on PC? I think it had something to do with the framerate?
I work with co-workers that aren't in depth in the info of the gaming industry, but they know enough of what's going on with PubG, FN, and other games out there. Most of them aren't into E3, and some haven't heard of it, but were interested to find out more about the event.
To be info challenged, means that you do not lack the know how to use a computer, let alone know what sites to even make use of. My stepdad literally came from farm life back in ireland, he gets that excuse when it comes to being tech/info challenged. But everyone else on this island where I'm from doesn't get that excuse, because we've got tech all around us and we don't have spots on the island where you're in the middle of nowhere with no net and no means of an education to learn on how to info gather.
It sounds like your friend could do with a little more foresight in the future. I mean, there were times when I just watched something, thought it was what it was, but was then educated more about what I had watched moments later via the comments section of the video, and later on via my circle of friends.
It sounds odd that he stopped at the end, I mean didn't he at least question the scene at all?. I do this with a lot of movies and tv shows. I'm always like "nah this can't be how it ends, no way!?". Only when the closure is made clear and evident do I smile and acknowledge an ending to a show/movie/game/book.
There is a similar case of that happening over on Steam. That recent "aids" game literally has an acknowledgement from the dev, claiming that they know it's a rip off and a garbage game and that it's a cheap cash grab, but they do it because they know there is a crowd out there who will buy garbage games either for giggles, reviewing, bashing on about (Jim sterling does this on purpose that it's lost it's charm).
Also Nier was originally going to be a PC based game, but then we had Sony step in and things changed. The delay and the reviews ended up being drowned out as a result. This is why I'm not too keen on supporting Publishers like SE, Capcom, Konami and other oens out there whenever they make a deal with one of the big 3, as it normally ends with me getting a screwed PC version somewhere down the line. Capcom even just announced that they will be showing off MH Switch this E3, yet mentioned nothing for the PC port of MHW, let alone on how it's going.
Platinum had also moved onto their other projects when Nier released, but SE could have still noticed this at some point. It would be a good gesture if they even grabbed them to throw in a few patches sometime this year or next.
Nier suffered issues from Frame rate to prompts to textures, Full screen issues etc. The PC gaming wiki site lists a bunch of issues to fix: https://pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Nier_Automata