Wow for people that aren't even interested in playing the game you sure are hard pressed to lambast it. Like a bunch of chicken littles saying the sky is falling the sky is falling!
Big whoop people want to give money (invest) to play a game they actually want to play. Not the same rehashed CoD EA Sports 20XX game they put out every year. Plenty of people gave money for Minecraft Alpha and I thought that was a pretty shitty game really even after all the updates. But hey if you want to keep giving money to EA and all the other shills for the same rehashed crap every year that is your choice too. Keep swallowing that pill and going with the status quo, DIFFERENT THINGS BAD!.. Since when did a game investor give two shits about the actual game, it's only about how much money they get back in a timely manner. These are the people that are deciding what the industry produces, and as you can see it's utter crap on a grand scale these days.
Nothing is forcing you to buy a ship now and you will have a ship that you will be able to use from the beginning to make money with. You can even take out a loan from the UEE if you can't afford a ship once you leave military service. Granted it may take you 20 hours playing to buy a MISC Freelancer vs paying for one at $120 now. The only bonus you get is the Lifetime Insurance on the hull and basic components you will be upgrading anyway, so you will need to buy a small amount of additional insurance for that. Besides you will be going through the Squadron 42 single player before even getting to the multiplayer part and in the single player you will have a fully decked out military hornet to play with. So right off the bat you should be able to have plenty of fun for coming to the party late..
Frankly I can't wait for this to come out and for everyone to eat their own words because right now you all just look like a bunch of whiny babies going out of their way to criticize something they aren't even interested in playing. And hey if it falls through (which I highly doubt) then I will happily say I took a chance on something I believed in. Anyone not investing in this game really isn't a PC gamer as far as I am concerned and your opinion really doesn't matter. Most of the kids these days wouldn't know a good game if it hit them in the face, it's only about brand brand brand on console xyz! I can slap a brand name on any piece of shit and you guys would gladly gobble it up.
As far as all the money getting pushed into this game it's pretty simple really. We were all PC Gamers as kids and had fond memories of Wing Commander, Privateer, Xwing, and various other space sims that we loved. Now we are all grown up and have jobs and money that we can contribute to whatever we want and we want Star Citizen! It's all about buying power and we believe CR is the guy that will deliver what we want. Even if it's a rehashed better version of Freelancer/Wing Commander/Privateer I would be happy with that.
FYI I originally had the 300i package for $60 and upgraded to the MISC Freelancer $120 package after 5 months. I'll also probably buy an additional 325A package for $70 so I can have an extra character slot for my NPC wingman to cover me on those long hauls. Either that or I will just wait and buy another character slot for like $15-20 when the game comes out and use my free Mustang starter ship from the $28 million stretch goal for the NPC wingman. BF4 (BF3.5) costs what? $60 for the base game and another $60 for their premium service, yeah screw that. I am basically putting my gaming money for the year into a single game. Oh noes I might have to cut back on pizza and beer...