2) the people to leave Matrix to their own devices feel Matrix knows what's best for Matrix, and that is automatically what's best for the game, and by default, what is best for the players.
I think you are misunderstanding what I've written.
I do not believe that "Matrix knows what's best for the game". Erik has gone to great pains to solicit advice and suggestions from the community. Many things have been changed since the initial release. The participation in the community and Matrix's (largely positive) response to the community shows quite clearly that they would not claim to "know what's best for the game", nor that they know "what's best for the players". To state that the community or Matrix engages in practices agreeing with your statement is contradictory to the historical evidence.
I contend that Matrix's business decisions should be left to them. However, some people post drivel on the forums that challenge their business activities without any quantitative knowledge of the factors going into those decisions. That is - they make statements based on ignorance and supposition, with nothing more than their bloated egos to support their arguments. If one is not in a position of ignorance, and can present an argument for a change in their business practices that is supported by documented fact... well, I'm still awaiting that forum post.
Kayoz, I respect your logic, and actually agree with it.
But, selfishly on my part, I am stating that what is best for us players is not necessarily being served by Matrix in their pricing and bundling policies. I concede that it is, in their best judgement, what is best for their company.
Erik has been exceptional, and this game shows it. It went from a fairly good game to a truely great game. And this new expansion is sure to boost it even further, probably into an all time great. But I am sure that the portion of the playerbase that is arguing for lower pricing and better bundling are thinking that it cannot be an all time great if the number of people who try it does not rise dramatically.
So, Kayoz, you are not wrong, but please understand that the others on this forum who are pushing for this game to be more more accessible to the masses have a vested interest for that to occur. They may not be right, but their opinions are base on some very solid ground that it would be better for us, the players who love this game.
< Message edited by Gargoil -- 5/9/2013 9:00:16 PM >