As with most other fields of behavior, being rewarded is inducement to continue as one has been. Being punished is inducement to change. The idea of rewarding for disliked behavior on the hopes that it will inspire change flies in the face of most behavioral science
As a fan of John Skinner myself, i should have thought about that
Ok. I get it. The game/servers need some work, but the only way to convince Cryptic to continue at fullspeed is to support them. Plus, if you came here looking for a Star Trek MMORPG, you can't exactly go elsewhere. Why not take the game for what it's worth. Now granted, i've never seen the launch of any other MMO so i don't know the circumstances, but wouldn't you think that if you really want to play this game at it's full potential one day, then the best thing to do would be to subscribe and support them. At least then, your additional income flow can help them develop.
Lets look at the facts.
1. Star Trek Online is the only Star Trek MMORPG
2. Star Trek players (including myself) complain that there is a lack of Star Trek games on the marketing today. (There really hasnt been a good one since Star Trek 25th Anniversary, Judgement Rties)
3. The MMO concept means frequent updates and addons.
Where else are you going to go? There have not been any other Star Trek games recently (barring Legacy, which was a disaster btw). If you are a Star Trek fan, then you are someone that would want this game to succeed. However, you don't ensure success of this game by cancelling your subscriptions. MMOs are known for updates and Cryptic has already said they want to bring us what we want...although i don't recall seeing many posts about people wanting this new borg stuff they are talking about...but no matter
This is a perfect chance for the Star Trek franchise to become more than a FPS with a 6 month life expectancy. Frankly, if one day, STO could have as many addons as WoW, i would be delighted. And who knows, if the player base is large enough, maybe it will. You just have to not give up.
Now, as for the server issues. Don't get too bothered by these. If Cryptic cannot produce a PLAYABLE game, then they have a legal issue as they effectively sold you a $59/$79 CD KEY and and Uniform pic. It is in their best interests to keep the servers up.
Also, don't use City of Heroes/Villians as an example. These games are older and possibly used less resources. Maybe they DID gauge their requirements based on that, but then realized they weren't sufficient. That is what people wanted right? For them to learn from past games? Maybe they did, just not enough.
It's not our fault if this game fails and we cancel our subs. We didn't develp of the game. I like Star Trek, but I'm not going to pay for something is busted.
At this point, I would rather there be NO game, than a game that is not only unfinished, but so poorly executed that I cannot believe that any of the Dev's did any research on the Star Trek universe at all.