This is really a response to a comment Chris made in another thread, but its a digression from the original thread's topic so I'm just posting it here as a food for thought sort of thing.
I haven't been around MS that long but I've definitely seen that sentiment in the forums in past threads. It baffles me a bit because I think MS pricing is incredibly reasonable. I know that a mob of torch-bearing villagers might hunt me down for saying this, but if a reasonable increase in license fees translated to making a more aggressive development plan sustainable, I would be all for it. I don't think you have to be a programmer to see that this sort of development work requires a huge reserve of creative and labor resources, and it is not reasonable to expect that MS development be its own reward at the expense of the developers having to forgo the luxuries food and shelter.
I have porn website subscriptions that are more expensive than MS per annum, and they aren't nearly as imaginative and engaging.
Sounds like the typical coffin mover post!
Hey the Problem is Money.... All Moviestorm needs is more money!!!
Ya right... maybe in Oz
The problem with Moviestorm is willful neglect, Many years back Moviestorm in it's infancy was an animation marvel right out of the starting gate. It should have grown into the easy moviemaking software it's title heralded.
Instead... development took a backseat and focus shifted on an endless menu pricing scheme to get users to endlessly purchase from the same old bare Content pack cupboard.
And so periodically, loyal still starry eyed hopeful coffin movers raise the lack of $$$ issue.
Oh if only the developers were getting 3 square meals... boo hoo! cry me a river!!!
The workings (difficulties) of a company isn't the consumers problem
A company must innovate or evaporate.
A company who wastes years working on endless confusing menu pricing schemes instead of growing the product will probably not survive.
Imagine buying a glove with only 3 fingers. Oh it might be a fine faux leather glove that shows promise that it could one day manifest itself into "Real leather" but the sad truth is, it has only 3 fingers.
And no matter how many enticing pricing scheme changes the manufacturer makes to the advert the glove is useless for the majority of buyers.
Gee... I wonder what excuses the coffin movers associated with that glove company have come up with.
- oh the company can only afford 3 finger machines
- The guy who staples the fingers to the hand part only works one day a week cuz the company can't afford to pay him.
- blah blah blah
Makes ya wonder.. if they could turn back the clock... would the creators of Moviestorm have invested more time & effort into making Moviestorm eeasier & peeazier with tons & tons of content.
"For we dreamed a lot
And we schemed a lot
And we tried to sing of love before the stage fell apart" (Supertramp)