It’s good to note, perhaps not in this case, I am not justifying Dead State, I have not read the reddit post or follow Dead State, that sometimes things are out of the control of the developers. Not everyone is out there trying to make a bad product just to take advantage of people then get hated on. Sometimes developers have a publisher down their back and locked into contract, where releasing a broke product may be the only option.
I can’t remember the name of the game, it was a recent space building game. The game was released with a lot of issues, but the development team had every intention of resolving them, and had been doing so, but then was pulled from the project, as they was were a subset of a larger company. A lot of people missed this note, and they got a lot of hate for something out of their control. Though let me make it clear, I still believe that they hold some responsibility in what happened. The consumers where really the only ones that were hurt out of all of it.
On the flip side Day One : Garry’s Incident. This game is travesty, the fact it’s even on Stream . I have never seen such a deceptive developer. He fully deserved every bit of criticism.
Trying to remove criticism just shows your lack of belief in your own product.
In the end I’d have to say watch yourself when trying to start a company, it’s not a simple task, and watch who you get involved with when it comes to business. If you able to, you are much better off doing things on your own, or with friends. Customers will come if you provide a good product, just focus on being genuine, honest, transparent, and hard working with your work if you plan on releasing in an alpha state. And Communicate with your alpha backers.
People try to find a way to make things work even if they can’t. Indie developers commonly put their lively hoods on the line to start making the game of their dreams, In bad situations people do the things they need to survive. This doesn’t justify what people do, I just trying to point out a side people may not notice.