Yeah, and if a pig had wings it would fly and if Trump could do half the things he promised, chances are, he can fly too!
If it was too good to be true, then that it was.
For the kind of reasoning you’re attempting, to go anywhere, you should be setting realistic goals for CIG to hit in a time frame, not look at the promises they’ve already broken.
Set clear and defined goals and deadlines for CIG, and then you’ll stop being part of a potential audience that exists only in theory.
By “here” you mean on the forum (because we had Derek Smart posting here, too), or like the general audience?
I’m assuming the latter, so I’m not sure how to parse “a tiny, tiny number of true believers”, given the massive sum of money CIG was able to raise with apparent (well, unsettling) ease.
That’s how crowdsourcing works: most of the money comes from people backing at the get-the-game level.
All I’ve read on the subject shows that whales, as per definition of that term, indeed have a ton of disposable income.
Those who don’t, aren’t, and are generally referred to, in the industry, with different labels.
I cannot, with absolute certainty, rule out that someone, somewhere, has ruined themselves spending more than they can safely could, on SC, because of life being stranger than fiction, but I don’t think that’s really a quite believable mechanic, outside of fringe cases.
The reason is simple but we’ll get there in a few paragraphs.
What I meant is:
#1 it’s easier to fly under a parent’s radar with the kind of expenses your run of the mill F2P game generates, so that practice is more insidious and manipulative than going for the big bucks using, oh, freak, I don’t remember the exact term.
You know the insanely priced items you’re not supposed to sell but are priced that way anyway for making less expensive items look like bargains.
…but that SC whales keep buying even though they are really not supposed to.
#2 SC doesn’t have lootboxes; lootboxes prey on the weak, and are less ethical than just saying “this ship cost X grand”. I understand the latter generates an emotional and psychological response, but…
Most people have the kind of money that buy lootboxes …in relatively small quantities. That’s where things become particularly slippery: that by being relatively inexpensive, and, well, gambling, they enable repeated spending of small sums whose grand total can get out of control under the right conditions.
Whereas, the psychological response to being asked 27 grand for a ship, is very different.
If 27 grand is pocket money for you (generic you), then you don’t bat an eyelid. But a regular person would think more than twice about committing 27 grand to such a frivolous, unsubstantial expense.
That’s easily demonstrated, because 27 grand is generally roughly half of the average pro capite income in affluent countries. assuming that’s 50 grand a year (which is generous).
That’s why I don’t quite believe it’s prevalent for people to get themselves into debt (or further into it) by buying super expensive ships.
I can’t fathom why you would think someone’s idea of pocket change being massively bigger than mine, or maybe yours, must be not fiscally prudent (whatever that means).
Just because someone has a huge disposable income, it doesn’t mean they’re irresponsible when it comes to money. It just means their income and/or net worth are on a different level.
Above a certain level, 30 grand, or 70 grand, it’s the kind of money someone who’s deeply committed to a hobby can justify spending, without feeling any remorse. Hell, I don’t want to derail the thread onto cyclism, but there’s this neat concept known as a “dentists’ bike”.
Which is an outrageously priced bike that shops stock for the type of customer that is not very informed about cycling or bikes, walks into the shop and leaves with the most expensive piece of gear they have, or close. The bikes nobody else buys, in short.
You know people who are into photography? 3 grand for a lens. But you don’t stop at one, because each lens has its own purpose. And that’s without counting the camera and all the rest of the gear.
Know anyone who’s into racing? Racing is a very expensive hobby.
Never known of anyone buying a new “luxury” car every two years, or even more frequently?