I did back SC right from the start and drank the dreamy cool-aide for a few years, and boy-oh-boy was it great all wrapped up in fluffy white clouds of hopes and dreams. Then I woke up, partly because DS started to deep dive into the project as a whole. I wrestled with getting a refund for well over a year or two, since I had not downloaded and only ever agreed to the early first TOS.
In the end I managed to override my heart with cold logical of the brain and opted for a full refund. I had bought several ships and upgrades etc, melts and so on, and was way to deep. Within months of getting the refund CIG started to to stop refunds leading to the TOS of today. And I’m still glad I did refund, but feel a little butt hurt for being sucked in. I invested a lot of passion on the early forums and lobbying for force feedback support and positional audio effects ‘voice porting’. As found with Interstellar Marines.
But like many other early backers we all had hopes and dreams of the vision Chris Roberts pitched us. Only to hear him walk back and change almost everything over and over again. Adding features and ideas we never backed the game for and that cannot be delivered with the current game engine and networking. And after 7 years if it don’t work now, it never will.
Derek Smart was and is right. Right more than wrong, if you look at just the evidence. I followed the evidence and made my own mind up to refund. But it took a while of disbelief before I could pull the trigger though.