First off... If 50 dollars is a lot of money to you, you need to not be buying games, and save some money so that you can be in the situation where spending 50, 100, 1000, dollars is not a big deal. Or better yet buy a good book called "Rich Dad Poor Dad", it prolly cost around 10 bucks (its an older book) and learn about the true value of money, and learning to save so you can have money for the things you want.
Well, fortunately, I am in a possition, that 50 bucks for a game isn´t an issue for me.
But this is not the point.
The point is: We are the customers.
By preordering we have struck a deal with the company.
They benifit from knowing that they will sell at least so and so many compies on release (and can estimate how many more, by comparing preorder numbers with similar titles)and get some money before the actual release.
We benefit from being in the beta and in addition show our support for the game.
As a company, you treat your customer well or you go bancrupt, period. Now Stardock has gone to great lengths, to treat its customers well, in my experience, and I don´t expect anything less now.
I don´t have a problem, if release of the beta is pushed back to, say, mid march (ok, I´ll go "Arrrrgh", but so what?)
What I do have a problem with is, not to know.
If they wanted to go with the "it will be released when it is released" approach, they shouldn´t have stated any date in the first place. Once this first date was out, there was no going back, IMO.
Next issue... The said the BETA would be out by the end of the winter season, that is March 21st here in the states. One of the guys at Ironclad had mentioned it as possibly the end of January early February. By mid February Ironclad told us it would not be out before February 20th. So calm down, go play some GalCiv2, and just take it easy, it will be out when its ready. Constant bickering about when it will be out and why its not out, will only tick off the people making it, I know it would tick me off it I was them.
Yes, Feb 20th was mentioned. But come on, did anyone read this as August 2008, for example? (Yes, I am exagerating, so sue me)Of course
everyone was reading this as "The beta will be out shortly after February 20th."