Star Citizen at $73M; Rental Equipment Credits Controversy

A new Letter from the Chairman on the Roberts Space Industries website talks more about the future of Star Citizen now that they've stopped laying out additional stretch goals and talks to backers about their support of the project (for the record, the space combat game has now surpassed the $73 million mark). Chris Roberts also addresses a recent controversy within the game's community over "Rental Equipment Credits," a complicated system of equipment rentals for the game. There's an article criticizing this concept on Ten Ton Hammer that helps an outsider understand what's up with this system, and why this may raise concerns, saying: "you cannot earn REC and then purchase any items or equipment in Arena Commander right now or in this upcoming update permanently. You can, instead, earn REC to rent equipment and ships to try before you buy or, if you are committed enough, to keep playing with as long as you can continue to earn enough REC to pay the rental fee every 7 non-consecutive days of playing." In his post, Roberts acknowledges the controversy, though it's not certain how it will be dealt with:
Finally, I know that everyone is expecting me to talk more about Rental Equipment Credits. I took part in the heated discussion over the weekend and one of our priorities this week was clarifying some of the confusion about the system. I don’t have much to add right now, but I do want to stress: we asked for your feedback because we genuinely wanted it. A sincere thank you to everyone who provided that feedback. I’ll stress: we’re going to create a system that’s fun, not one that hurts players. Like everything else in Star Citizen, we will balance and expand our system to that goal once it launches until it meets our vision, and we will not settle for less.
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Feb 22, 2015, 20:44
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Sugarman wrote on Feb 22, 2015, 06:36:
A mug and his money are easily parted.

It's not like I've splurged and used all I have and now I'll be eating from the dollar menu for the next year. It's called disposable income, it may seem like a lot to some, as it would have to me years ago, maybe some of you should learn to save and work a little harder instead of trolling others full time. I've also gifted 2 ships with alpha access to complete strangers because they seemed to be good people who had fallen on hard times, or in one instance they were merely a poor college student.

Also, what control have I stated I think I have over anything? I like the game, I like it's ideas, I think it's going to be something revolutionary and groundbreaking when it gets to a polished state. If not, no big deal, I've gambled before and I know the risks.

Well, thanks for going in so big. I went in at 1% of what you did, so it's people like you that fund it for the rest of us, even if indirectly. I agree with most of what you say, and am looking forward to playing once it's finished.
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