I can't help but wonder, out of all the people who seem to hate this game...how many have actually played it?
I mean, yes - it was fatally flawed. And yes, it failed spectacularly.
But if they'd had enough of a clue to launch it as F2P, like it will be now, I think it would have done alright. It was more fun that a lot of games that have sold spectacularly (and just had a less insane profit model).