It’s a fair point: I’m focused on the ambition of the endeavor and you’re focused on the dishonesty of the marketing. The former deserves a encouragement, the latter clearly does not. Do you divest in the dream just because they bungled the launch, or do you invest in the dream but unintentionally reinforce the idea that it’s okay to lie when launching a new product? I don’t know. Regardless, what Hello Games pulled on the messaging front is not okay and the refund requests are sending that message loud and clear.
But I do think that getting people to think about their spending as encouragement/discouragement rather than just acquisition power is at least a step in the right direction.