C3 is an online service...
Yes. Just like people didn't expect. Or ask for.
Have you ever played world of warcraft? Try subscribe for a while, then stop paying, and start complaining you're locked out of the game, all your character progress is locked, You can't access the game and play with friends anymore.... If anything, people will laugh at you for posting something as silly as that. WoW is an online service with maintenance costs.
I don't play it. Never have never will. In any case, it's a mmorpg game not a software tool. Pretty big difference I think.
C3 is also an online service with maintenance, server costs etc. You might not like the route they took by making c3 as a webapp, but any other payment model than subscription is gonna be tricky to juggle for something that has monthly upkeep costs, unless you figure out another clever way to monetize, maybe IAP (selling extra features) using ads or intentionally plan to stop supporting c3 once c4 comes out next year.
Yeah. Maybe they should reconsider that feature seeing as its reception so far has been pretty lukewarm.
You can pretty easily calculate when a costumer cost you more than they payed. If you bought C2 5 years ago and still using it, chances are you're probably costing scirra money by now.
I agree their updates for C2 have been extremely generous.
Get over it,... it's business 101, income vs expenses.
Yep. Two-way street, that business thing.
The only surprising thing is that there seem to be so many that doesn't get that. And no one is locking you out if you stop subscribing, you're locking yourself out.
Yes, that's why some will be reluctant to lock themselves in in the first place.
People complain because they like C2 but don't like this direction. And because they waited a long time and expected something different. But that's fair. Scirra are not obligated to change course, and users are not obligated to sign up for C3.
In any case I'm grateful for all I've gotten out of C2 so I hope things work out for them, even if I'm probably not signing up for a sub myself.