In light of all the negative posts I have seen, I wanted to remind myself (and others) that the developers are also people. People working long hours to keep this game running, to provide new content, and to make an enjoyable experience for everyone who plays.
Sometimes we get frustrated because a patch changed the game in a way we did not like. Sometimes we get upset because a game play bug made it difficult to enjoy the game.
But at the end of the day, all I really know is that I really like this game. I like the space combat. I like the ground missions. I like the different ships and how a different ship will completely change my play style. I like the flexibility in creating my own alien species. I like the animations and the visual presentation of this game. I like how easy it is to pick up and play, and the surprising level of depth this game provides.