Patience is not free. If people are frustrated enough with the game that they no longer consider it worth their money, that is their right. The state of any other previous MMOs is irrelevant in that determination. Either a product is worth the price in the mind of the buyer, or it is not, and that is something to be decided solely at the discretion of the consumer. The opinion of others in that determination is also irrelevant.
I am enjoying the game to the point that I laid down a lifetime subscription, but if others no longer feel STO is worth their money, then getting a refund and leaving is their logical course of action.
I think what's really telling is that people are so impatient they don't even check to see if there is a thread about what they're about to rant about. In the last ten minutes at least 20 threads about "stuck at retrieving characters" has been made...
1. Well over the age of 18 (27 next month, thanks)
2. I've been playing MMOs since they were MUDs. Ultima, Everquest, etc. I've never played WoW.
3. I start to find my patience wearing thing when I hear the same canned responses and excuses.
Cryptic's usual excuse is "It's still OB guys!" It's not a Beta anymore. Head Start is supposed to be the launch product that a subset of subscribers get early access to.
We've had just as much downtime in the last two days of headstart as we had toward the end of Open Beta, and Cryptic isn't good about communicating what went wrong and what they're doing about it.
I spent $300 on the game. Maybe I'm an idiot. I knew that the content was lacking, but that will come with time. Server stability and infrastructure were two things I didn't figure they were going to take for granted.
So yeah... I'm one of those "Lifers" who's a little high strung about the fact that I spent $300 on an MMO that doesn't appear to be anywhere near ready.